Slow-Cooker Recipe: Chicken Stew

30 Nov

Grace’s sister here, checking in with a spur-of-the-moment recipe that turned out better than I expected.

The other day, I had a craving for chicken pot pie — or, more accurately, chicken pot pie filling. I wasn’t particularly interested in the crust. I just wanted the stew inside.

A bag of frozen vegetables and a couple of chicken breasts later, I had something lovely simmering in my Crock-Pot.

Start by placing a couple of chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. I found a stew blend that had carrots, celery, pearl onions, and potatoes, but a Mediterranean mix or a more traditional blend would work just as well.

Throw in one large or two small bouillon cubes — I used veggie because that’s what I had on hand, but chicken would obviously work just fine — and a sprinkling of rosemary.

This satisfying stew goes together quickly in the Crock-Pot.

(Unless you’re Grace, in which case you should just rant about how much rosemary sucks and then sprinkle your chicken with something else. Whatever floats your boat.)

I made a small batch, but there's plenty of room in the Crock-Pot to double this recipe.

Add a pint or so of water, turn your slow-cooker on high, and ignore it for a couple of hours. When the house smells like a pot pie, go check to see if your chicken is done yet. Since you’re poking at it with a fork to check for doneness anyway, you might as well go ahead and shred it.

When the chicken is done, turn the heat back to low and get out a skillet. Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter and stir in a couple of tablespoons of flour to make a roux. Stir the roux constantly until it’s completely blended and the flour has browned. Add it to the Crock-Pot and whisk it in to thicken your stew.

Let the stew simmer gently on low. Serve over Rice-A-Roni, noodles, or whatever else happens to be on sale. Serve with love on a chilly fall evening.

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2 Responses to “Slow-Cooker Recipe: Chicken Stew”

  1. Carmen @ Life Lines Positive Thoughts November 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM #

    I love chicken pot pie. This sounds delicious. In fact, I am going to take that chicken I just thawed out and go make it right now. It will make this bitter cold day feel cozier.

  2. Gracie December 1, 2010 at 10:38 AM #

    I hope it came out well! I am dreaming of this and now wish I had put it in my Crock Pot today. Thanks for the good idea, Emily!

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