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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew Recipe

I like to sprinkle this chicken stew with toasted almonds or cashews and serve with hot couscous. Flavored with cinnamon and a touch of sweetness from the apricots, this stew tastes like you fussed. It's great for potlucks, too! —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 2-1/4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • Hot cooked couscous


  • 1. Place the chicken, onion and carrots in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the apple juice, garlic, salt, cinnamon and pepper; pour over vegetables.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • 3. Remove chicken from slow cooker; shred meat with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices; stir in apricots. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker; heat though. Serve with couscous.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with couscous. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 279 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 497mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit

Reviews for Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"LOVED this recipe. It was so easy and very tasty! My husband didn't even mind the couscous underneath (he's not a fan). The cinnamon is the secret ingredient and makes the house smell wonderful while it's cooking."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"This was very good...I didn't realize until I was starting the 'shred' process that I had used boneless thighs...would the bones have added to the flavor?? I also didn't realize until I opened the bag that my apricots expired in 2014 so I used golden raisins instead. I served over mashed potatoes. I enjoyed this and it was nice to come home to something that was almost ready."

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"This was great. Whole family enjoyed it. I followed the recipe and did not feel that it needed to be adjusted. This has plenty of flavor as is."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"My daughter and I love this stew. I don't feel it is bland. It is very filling and healthy. We look forward to it when fall rolls around."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"This was delicious. It had a unique flavor. I served it over rice. In place of regular salt, I used half onion salt and half garlic salt for more flavor. I also added two chicken bouillon cubes for more flavor. I substituted apples for apricots since my apple tree is loaded."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"I have made this recipe for my family MANY times since I found it! It's economical to make with the chicken thighs - I had never cooked with them before and thought I might not like them, I was sooo wrong! It's delicious and my boys (13 & 16) get excited when they come home from school and find this dish in the crockpot. It's also diet-friendly, low-calorie and satisfying. We love this crock-pot meal!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Great recipe!! I've made it a few times and served over brown rice:) I agree that it needs a bit of extra seasoning so I just add a bit of "this and that" delicious on a cold day; also freezes well. Yum!!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"This was very good. I added a can of diced tomatoes to add a little more color. I also added the 1/4 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder as someone suggested. The apricots give this dish a very good flavor. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I thought this stew was rather bland."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This was good. I liked it, my kids liked it. Not a favorite but will definitely make again. It's healthy and easy, and a bit different from the average slow cooker chicken. I like the apple and cinnamon taste--nice for fall."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I've made this a few times and enjoyed it. The last time however, my entire family got sick after eating, so while I would make it again, I was asked not to. But I still hand it out to people who want a quick, easy crockpot meal. And, the apricots are something you shouldn't skip!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"For those of you who thought it tasted to bland, try adding chicken bouilion."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I added a bit of poultry seasoning (Bell's Seasoning), and it was very good. I made Bisquick biscuits to serve alongside, and it was a good dinner."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"It was nothing too special, but it tasted good and was easy, so I'd make it again. I had it over both couscous and rice at different times, and definitely preferred the couscous. Toasted almonds on top also added a great texture to the dish."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Being on a budget, I thought I would try this out, and make some revisions with what I had handy. I used apple cider instead of apple juice, some marjoram for added flavor (just a dash or two), chicken tenderloins instead of thighs, added an extra garlic clove and some celery. I also let the chicken simmer in chicken broth before adding it to the crockpot. After about 4 hours of cooking I felt like the stew didn't have enough flavor, and I had the random thought to add about 1/4 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. Wow, what a difference! If you are worried about it not having enough flavor, try the cocoa, and do not skip the apricots. I served it with rice, and my toddler gobbled it up. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"I thought this looked good and it really smelled good but it was incredibly bland tasting. Anyone have suggestions on jazzing this up? The only change I made was using chicken breast instead of thighs."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I've made this recipe over and over again. I do not use the slow cooker however. I saute the onion and carrots in a little butter until tender. Then I and all the other ingredients (leaving the apricots and already cooked chicken for the end) and I let it boil down. I use the instant chicken flavored couscous from the store and it makes for a very quick yummy dinner. I love it - and my children do too."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"Very good family meal. Healthy and perfect in the slow cooker. I added celery and served over rice. Wonder how it would taste with curry? This is one I will serve to company. The apple juice, cinnamon and apricots seem odd, but together they work perfectly. They add just a bit of sweetness to the dish and agree with other not skip the apricots! For convenience, I used boneless skinless chicken thighs. It should also work with boneless skinless chicken breasts for a leaner version."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"I would rather make it with rice"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"It sounded like a great recipe. It smelled good cooking. But the family was not impressed."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This was great. I agree with another reviewer, you have to use the apricots. They pull everything together.

But, I will use rice the next time. Hubby an I didn't care for the couscous.
Great dish !!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"Really easy and good recipe. Must use the apricots, they add an element that really rounds out the flavors."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"This was great! cheap, tasty and great for a chilly fall night. Next time, I will try the cashew recommendation."

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"Making this recipe for the 3rd time tonight. Thanks so much!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.