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Skillet Chicken Stew

It's been 20 years now since I adapted this from a recipe for beef stew. We like it so much that, in all that time, I have never changed any ingredients or amounts - unless it was to double them! Our home's on a river, and my husband, our three boys and I enjoy camping and boating. — Valerie Jordan, Kingmont, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter; cook chicken until chicken juices to run clear. Add onion and celery; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and carrots.
  • In a small bowl, combine the broth, thyme, ketchup and cornstarch; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 275 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • modestcook
    May 9, 2020

    Great recipe! I found 1 cup of chicken broth was not enough. Between the flour mixture with the chicken and the corn starch mixture it became way too thick. I used a 14-ounce can of broth and it was perfect. I agree with talon49 that 1/4 teaspoon of thyme is enough. This recipe will go to my favorite box. Thanks for sharing Valerie.

  • talon49
    Mar 21, 2020

    Delicious ! Only change I made was to cut back the dried thyme to a 1/4 teaspoon instead of the suggested 1/2 teaspoon as we find thyme a strong seasoning. For our taste with this change the stew was perfect. At serving we cracked a little bit of black pepper on top

  • Jellybug
    Mar 20, 2020

    Great on a cold rainy day. I made it twice now and it did not disappoint!! I made cheddar biscuits to serve along with this yummy soup.

  • Barbara
    Feb 20, 2020

    This is an easy and delicious spin on beef stew. I've make it three times since I found this recipe 1

  • Mike
    Feb 10, 2020

    Wow, this was fantastic! It’s a keeper.

  • katecrid47
    Jan 7, 2020

    Loved this stew!!! Easy and Quick! The flavor was great. Made recipe exactly. Thank you for sharing it's a keeper!

  • Kimberley
    Dec 22, 2019

    OMG Delish! Adding ketchup put it over the top! Loved the flavour!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Nov 7, 2019

    This is a great recipe. It is very adaptable. I do not use the corn starch. I also add additional spices like a bay leaf, sage and marjoram. Great winter recipe! I usually end up adding more broth.

  • scruffy88tally
    Oct 16, 2019

    I had reservations about this recipe but I am so glad I made it!!! Was the best stew I've ever had.

  • Anna
    Aug 8, 2019

    Oh, WOW! I made this for myself and my husband a couple weeks ago. It is now one of our favourite dishes, ever. Thank you so much for sharing. Delicious!