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Spring-Thyme Chicken Stew Recipe

Spring-Thyme Chicken Stew Recipe

During a long winter (and spring), my husband and I were in need of something warm, comforting and bright. This chicken was the perfect thing. It fills the house with the smell of home when Mom would make chicken soup, with a little something extra. —Amy Chase, Vanderhoof, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound small red potatoes, halved
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, halved
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Place potatoes, onion and carrots in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with flour, garlic, lemon peel, thyme, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Place chicken over top. Add broth and bay leaves.
  • 2. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves. Sprinkle servings with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 395 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.

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vernonls User ID: 2625375 264270
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

"yucky, do not make this recipe. I fixed it for my wife and myself and although we each ate a bowl, we tossed the rest. The lemon peel adds nothing and overpowers the rest."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 259607
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017

"Wow! What a flavorful chicken stew. The garlic and thyme really shine through. I did add two extra cups of chicken broth, however. I thought the two cups called for in the recipe wasn't enough with all the veggies. Extra broth might add some flavor for those saying it was too bland."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 252088
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"I thought this recipe was ok. I liked that it wasn't hard to prepare at all and is a geat weekday recipe. The flavor could use some sprucing up, but other than that it was alright."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 149852
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I wasn't a big fan of this recipe. It was editable, but that was about it. I added season-all to spruce it up, but it still didn't do much for it."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 194666
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Due to a very busy April this year, I never had a chance to try some of the recipes I'd tagged in my April/May 2013 Taste of Home magazine. Well, I made Spring-Thyme chicken Stew yesterday and my husband loved it! I added a half teaspoon of Turmeric and reduced the lemon peel to one teaspoon. The stew has a nice flavor, something out of the ordinary, and is very good. I will definitely be making this recipe again!"

momalways User ID: 7419361 191306
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"My daughter made this for me. It was excellent!"

dgrammie60 User ID: 6708908 177782
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Tried to do with hints from other posters. Would like to know how much herbs du province that Chris 100401 used to spice it up."

minnie User ID: 7775663 195111
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"This was absolutely AWEFULLY!! Don't waste or time or money on this one, the thyme and lemon is way to over powering. Its was not edible, the whole batch went into the garbage disposal, as big YUCK!"

arisacupp User ID: 3444949 123464
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"This was an easy prep dinner, and I loved that it cooked in the slower cooker. The lemon flavor was very bright!"

sdill User ID: 5188432 116600
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"i always love taste of home recipes.. this was a huge disappointment. Bland and pretty much inedible is a correct description of how this turns out."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 193796
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"Excellent and my other half now requests it."

mmdoll User ID: 6107827 195110
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"I have a family of picky eaters and they all loved this dinner! I did add salt, pepper, and extra spices and also left the chicken in larger chunks. EXCELLENT recipe!"

MargoRichter User ID: 7207828 116599
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"So easy to do. I used the boneless, skinless chicken breast.this stew was a huge hit in the house. All I did was toss it all in the crock pot on high, the in less than 5 hours we had a delicious dinner that could feed about 7 people, easly. Will be making it on a regular basis. Best part about this stew is I'm type 1 diabetic and this dish is low in carbs."

acmac102003 User ID: 7197992 195109
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"I never write recipe reviews, however this one was so bad I feel compelled to let others know. I am shocked that this recipe made it into the magazine. I enjoy all of the flavor profiles in this recipe and I came home from work excited for dinner only to find out that even though I had followed the recipe to a "T", it was completely inedible. It was a complete waste of time and money. I highly recommend anyone thinking of making this not to."

chris100401 User ID: 6081283 149851
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"I like this recipe, but it needed tweeking for more flavor. I added 2 more garlic cloves, herbs du provance, and tripled the amount of thyme using fresh instead of dried. I added more pepper and salt to taste. I also used sweet potatoes."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 212386
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"This was on the bland side and the cooking time is too high, so the chicken was on the dry side. I love the name and I was hoping for something special with this but it fell a little short."

kindlefoster User ID: 1762472 110587
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"It smelled good cooking but really lack much flavor."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 194664
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"The lemon peel added a pleasant surprise! I cut the carrots into bigger chunks and used tapioca instead of flour for a gluten free meal."

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