Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Loaded with healthy vegetables, chicken and herbs, this slow cooker chicken stew is a pot of comfort just waiting for you to devour.

Once upon a time I was a poor college student and totally homesick for my mom’s home cooking, particularly, her slow cooker beef stew. It was winter and cold, and I just needed that comfort from home. The problem was that I didn’t have any beef. Actually I couldn’t afford to buy beef, what college student can?!

So I decided to try to create that same home cookin’ with the chicken thighs I had in the fridge. Thus, this slow cooker chicken stew was born!

A pot of chicken stew. The stew is thick and bright colored with bits of celery, herbs, chicken and potatoes. A wooden spoon is in the pot and chopped herbs are on the counter top next to the pot.

One by one my roommates came home from class and asked what smelled so good. I poured them each a bowl and we sat around our small table in silence gobbling up that stew. I like to think they each felt a little bit of that comfort from home.

Chicken or beef, either one makes a delightful homemade stew!

What Ingredients Do You Need for Chicken Stew?

Ok, before the length of this ingredients list scares you away, most of them can be grabbed in the produce section, so that makes it easy. Also, delicious soups have layers and layers of flavor, and that takes a few ingredients.

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Canola Oil
  • Butter
  • Yellow Onion
  • Flour
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Tomato Paste
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Sage (dried)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cooking White Wine
  • Red Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Bay Leaves
  • Peas (frozen)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parsley (fresh)

The measurements of each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A pot of slow cooker chicken stew with a wooden spoon. The stew chicken and vegetables are in a thick yellow-red gravy and there are bright green herbs with the vegetables. A stack of bowls and spoons are in the background.

How to Make Chicken Stew

Now let’s get in to the nitty gritty of making this stew. It all starts with the chicken…

  1. Grab your chicken thighs and pat them dry. Drying them allows them to caramelize better and get that beautiful golden color you want. Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle a little oil into a large skillet and heat it up over medium high heat. Cook the chicken in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes and then flip to the other side for another 6-7 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add butter to the skillet and add the onions and celery. Cook until they are softened, and then add the flour and garlic. Stir briefly and then add the tomato paste and herbs.
  4. Slowly add in half of the chicken broth and cooking wine. Scrape up the little bits of chicken stuck on the pan.
  5. Add the potatoes, carrots and remaining broth and cooking wine. Simmer over medium low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes.
  6. Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker (minus the peas and cream), and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and add the peas and cream. Put the lid back on and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  8. Top with chopped fresh parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.

The recipe card below contains all the detailed instructions.

A pot of slow cooker chicken stew. There are bits of vegetables, chicken, and herbs in a reddish yellow gravy.

Substitutes in Chicken Stew

If you want to lighten this stew up a little, use more chicken broth, half & half, or milk instead of the heavy cream. You know I just used more water in college. I never ever had cream on hand!

You can also use sweet potatoes in this stew rather than regular potatoes, or you could go half and half. I love the the taste of sweet potatoes in this!

What Can You Substitute For Cooking Wine?

Red or white wine vinegar, cranberry juice, ginger ale, grape juice, apple juice, and chicken or beef stock are all good substitutes for cooking wine.

Can You Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?

Well of course! Chicken breasts or thighs totally work, however dark meat is more flavorful. You can use all white meat or a combination of white and dark meat in chicken stew.  

A large pot of slow cooker chicken stew. It is a bright yellow-red color and packed with bits of fresh herbs, vegetables and chicken. A wooden spoon is in the pot.

How Long Will Chicken Stew Keep?

Properly stored, in the refrigerator, chicken stew will keep for 3-4 days.

Can Chicken Stew Be Frozen?

Chicken stew can be frozen when packaged correctly.  Cool completely and store in an air tight container or a heavy duty freezer bag. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat it on the stove top until warmed through.

A pot of thick slow cooker chicken stew with a wooden spoon in it. The stew is packed with bright vegetables, chicken and herbs.

What to Eat with Chicken Stew

When you make stew, you must make bread! Focaccia bread, crusty artisan bread, or the best dinner rolls ever all get the job done to perfection. And if you don’t want to deal with yeast, go with the herb Irish soda bread!

I also like to make a nice side salad to lighten up the meal a little.

Chicken Stew in the Instant Pot or Stove Top

If you need chicken stew fast, you can totally make this recipe in the Instant Pot. It’s also totally simple to do on the stove top too.

Instant Pot

  • Pat the chicken dry season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the instant pot by pressing high saute and add a drizzle of oil.  Cook the chicken in batches, about 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate while you cook the next batch. Remove the last of the chicken
  • Heat the butter and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. Add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the chicken with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer by turning the pressure cooker saute function to low for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrots and all remaining ingredients except the peas and cream and cover, setting the valve to seal. Press cancel and then press manual, high and set the time for 7 minutes. Allow a natural release and then open the lid.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Press saute and get it simmering for 2 minutes more and then serve.

Stove Top

  • Pat the chicken dry season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Cook the chicken in, about 5 minutes on the first side (smooth side down) and 6-7 minutes after flipping in batches until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate.
  • Heat the butter in the pot and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Heat the butter and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. Add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the chicken with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer over medium low heat.  Add the potatoes and carrots and all remaining ingredients except the peas and cream and cover the pot, cooking for 20-30 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Bring back to a simmer by turning the heat to medium for 10 minutes and then serve.

 

Some evenings just call for a bowl of slow cooker chicken stew! It’s warm, hearty, comforting and bring back all the memories of home (and college for that matter!). Plus, slow cooker recipes are the best! I hope you enjoy this one!

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A pot of slow cooker chicken stew. There are bits of vegetables, chicken, and herbs in a reddish yellow gravy.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 599kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 Cups Chicken Thighs 3 pounds, diced
  • Canola Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion yellow, finely chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 6 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Stalk Celery small, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme fresh, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sage dried
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking white wine (real wine is fine but use double the amount)
  • 1 Cup Red Potatoes chopped 1/2” pieces
  • 1 Cup Potatoes Yukon Gold, chopped 1/2″ pieces
  • 3 Carrots large, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup Peas frozen
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream *optional see note
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley fresh, minced

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry so that cooking brings out more caramelization and color. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Cook the chicken in batches, about 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally until golden and cooked through, and remove to a plate while you cook the next batch.
  • Heat the butter in the skillet and add the onions and celery, cooking until softened and stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. add the flour and garlic, and stir for 20 seconds and then add the tomato paste, thyme and sage, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. 
  • Slowly whisk in half of the chicken broth and the cooking wine, scraping up any bits from the chicken. Add the potatoes and carrots along with the remaining broth and cooking wine and simmer with the lid on over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. 
  • Add all ingredients except the peas and cream into the slow cooker and cover. Cook for 4-5 hours.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the peas and cream. Add the lid and cook for 5 more minutes. 
  • Serve with fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste. 

Notes

  • To keep this dish lighter sub more chicken broth, half and half or just milk instead of the heavy cream.
  • You can also use peeled and chopped sweet potatoes!
  • You can freeze left over chicken stew.  Cool completely, put in air tight containers or heavy duty freezer bag and freeze.
  • For instructions on making this in the Instant Pot or on the stove top, scroll up to the section in the post above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7742IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

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Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

Have some old kimchi in the fridge? Make this kimchi jjigae! It’s delicious with fatty pork. Such a comfort food! 
Red spicy kimchi stew in an earthen pot
 
When kimchi gets old, it becomes an excellent ingredient for various other dishes! The most common dish made with aged kimchi is kimchi jjigae (김치 찌개). It’s a go-to stew in Korean home and my absolute favorite!

Growing up in Korea, we had a lot of meals just with kimchi jjigae and a bowl of rice. I don’t remember ever getting tired of it! Whether you make it to use up old kimchi, or to satisfy a craving, this small pot of comfort food is all you need for a satisfying meal. 

The kimchi

When cooking with kimchi, you should always use fully fermented, sour kimchi. The older the better! If you can’t wait your kimchi to turn sour, add a little bit of vinegar to the kimchi before using it. It’s not going to be as good as sour kimchi, but it’ll help a little.

Also, Your Korean market may carry commercially packaged kimchi called mukeunji (묵은지), meaning old kimchi.

If the kimchi is overly sour to your taste, add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the stew to balance out the sour taste.

kimchi stew with tofu in an earthen pot with the lid laid on the side of the pot

The Meat for kimchi stew

While there are many variations, fatty pork is most favored for kimchi jjigae in Korea. As I always say, kimchi and fatty pork is a match made in heaven. Not surprisingly, pork ribs are common and delicious in kimchi stew. Pre-boil the ribs until fairly tender, 20 to 30 minutes, and then cook with kimchi. If you don’t like pork, use beef or canned tuna instead. This recipe also includes the canned tuna version.  

Growing up, we also enjoyed kimchi jjigae that’s simply made with  anchovy broth without any meat. It gives a nice, clean taste to the stew. 
 
With good sour kimchi and pork, it really doesn’t take much to make delicious kimchi jjigae. Also see my Instant Pot kimchi jjigae.
 
4 photo collage of kimchi stew steps - cutting and cooking pork, kimchi, tofu and scallions

Tips for making good kimchi jjigae

1. Use old, sour kimchi. 
2. Cook the kimchi and pork together before adding the liquid. This step develops extra flavor.
3. Use the water used to rinse rice (ssalddeumul, 쌀뜨물) as the stew base. It’s commonly used for Korean stews. Use the water from the second or third round of rinsing. The rice water thickens the broth slightly and enhance the flavor.
4. Anchovy broth, chicken broth, milky bone broth or vegetable broth will be also great as a soup base.
5. Use the juice from the kimchi if available. It will add lots of flavor to the broth.

If you want to try making kimchi at home, it’s not that difficult to make. Here are my easy-to-follow recipes: pogi kimchi, mak kimchi, and vegan kimchi

More recipes with old kimchi

Red spicy kimchi stew in an earthen pot

Have you tried this kimchi jjigae recipe? Please rate the recipe below and leave a comment! Stay in touch by following me on YouTubePinterestTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

kimchi stew with tofu in an earthen pot with the lid laid on the side of the pot

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Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

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a classic Korean stew made with flavor-packed, old kimchi!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Keyword gochujang stew, kimchi, Korean stew
Servings 2
Author Hyosun

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed bite size kimchi fully fermented
  • 4 ounces fresh pork belly or other pork meat with some fat or other protein choice
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes) adjust to taste or omit
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup juice from kimchi if available
  • 6 ounces tofu
  • 2 scallions
  • salt (or a little bit of soup soy sauce or regular soy sauce) and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the kimchi into bite size pieces.
    Cutting kimchi on a cutting board
  • Cut the meat into bite sizes. Slice the tofu (about 1/2-inch thick), and roughly chop the scallions.
    Cutting Pork, tofu, and scallions on a cutting board
  • Heat a small to medium pot with 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the kimchi, pork, red pepper flakes and garlic and cook over medium high heat until the kimchi is softened and the pork cooks through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    Stir-frying kimchi and pork in a pot
  • Add the kimchi juice and about 2 to 2.5 cups of water (or broth). Bring it to a boil, and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium, and boil, covered, for about 15 minutes. You can add more water if necessary.
    boiling kimchi stew in an earthen pot
  • Drop the tofu and scallions in. Salt (or soup or regular soy sauce) and pepper to taste. (Salt is usually not necessary, unless kimchi was lightly seasoned or kimchi juice is not available.) Boil until the tofu is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve while bubbling over from the heat.
    Kimchi stew with tofu in an earthenware

Tuna kimchi jjigae

  • To make kimchi jjigae with no meat, follow the same steps leaving out the pork. Add one can of tuna (chamchi) with oil when adding the kimchi juice and water and boil for 10 – 15 minutes. (You can add onion slices at this point if desired.) Follow the rest of the recipe above. (Fresh or canned salmon works well too in kimchi jjigae.)

Notes

Tips for making good kimchi jjigae:

1. Use old, sour kimchi. 
2. Cook the kimchi and pork together before adding the liquid. This step develops extra flavor.
3. Use the water used to rinse rice (ssalddeumul, 쌀뜨물) as the stew base. It’s commonly used for Korean stews. Use the water from the second or third round of rinsing. The rice water thickens the broth slightly and enhance the flavor.
4. Anchovy broth, chicken broth, milky bone broth or vegetable broth will be also great as a soup base.
5. Use the juice from the kimchi if available. It will add lots of flavor to the broth.

This is a further update to my kimchi jjigae post that was last updated in March 2014 with new photos and more information.  

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