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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

I like to sprinkle chicken stew with toasted almonds or cashews and serve with hot couscous. Flavored with cinnamon and a touch of sweetness from the apricots, this pretty dish will stand apart from the rest at potlucks, too! —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • mkfrazier
    Jan 20, 2019

    The flavor of the chicken is not too bad, but I wouldn't call this a "stew". There isn't much broth and what there is, isn't thick like most stews. I made the mistake of using whole wheat coucous, which had a strong odor that overwhelmed the dish. I'll probably serve it over rice if I make it again.

  • muffbear74
    Nov 10, 2017

    Nice unique flavor. I thought it needed just a little more spice, but haven’t decided what.

  • JCV4
    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.

  • scubacas
    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.

  • Igraine32
    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.

  • proesner
    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.

  • lbroadh2o
    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.

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    Jan 22, 2013

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    Jan 4, 2013

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    Jan 4, 2013

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