Fall-Apart Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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This slow cooker chicken stew is a lifesaver for busy weeknights. It’s packed with flavor, incredibly easy to throw together, and practically cooks itself in the slow cooker. The combination of tender chicken, fluffy vegetables, and a rich, savory broth is guaranteed to warm your soul and satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients:

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly golden brown on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
    2. Add onion, carrots, and celery to the same skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
    3. Transfer the cooked vegetables to the slow cooker. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
    4. Add the cooked chicken pieces back to the slow cooker.
    5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
    6. Once cooked, remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the vegetables and broth.
    7. Taste and adjust seasonings with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
    8. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley (optional), and enjoy with crusty bread or rice.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Serving size: 1 cup)

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 600mg (depending on the sodium content of your broth)
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Note: These nutrition facts are estimates only and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    This slow cooker chicken stew is a delicious, convenient, and healthy meal option for busy weeknights. With minimal prep work and the magic of the slow cooker, you can come home to a comforting and satisfying meal that the whole family will love.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use different types of meat in this recipe?

    Absolutely! You can easily substitute boneless, skinless pork shoulder or turkey breast for the chicken in this recipe. Simply adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the meat.

    2. What vegetables can I add to this stew?

    Feel free to experiment with different vegetables! Some great options include potatoes, green beans, corn, peas, or mushrooms. Just be sure to add them to the slow cooker at a time that ensures they won’t become mushy.

    3. Can I make this recipe in advance?

    Yes, you can definitely make this stew in advance. Simply cook it according to the instructions, then let it cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.

    4. How can I thicken the stew if it’s too watery?

    If your stew is a bit too watery after cooking, you can thicken it in a few ways. One option is to remove some of the broth and whisk it together with a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of cold water) before returning it to the slow cooker and simmering on low for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can mash some of the cooked vegetables with a fork and stir them back into the stew for a thicker consistency.

    5. What can I serve with this stew?

    This stew is delicious served on its own, but you can also pair it with a side of crusty bread, rice, quinoa, or mashed potatoes. A simple green salad would also be a great accompaniment.