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ONE-POT CHICKEN STEW

This hearty one-pot chicken stew practically cooks itself! It’s made all in one pot with tender chunks of chicken and savory veggies. Enjoy it with crusty bread for an ultimate cold-weather meal!

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BEST CHICKEN STEW

This chicken stew is a readers’ favorite around here. It gets five-star reviews for its rustic, hearty, and delicious taste.

It’s a delicious meal made in one pot, with simple ingredients such as tender chicken and veggies –all simmered in the best-seasoned broth. All you need is some crusty garlic bread and you have yourself a perfect comfort meal.

FEW RECIPES NOTES & TIPS

  • For best results use boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. They have extra flavor after searing and also simmer into tender little morsels. Make sure to cut the thighs into 2-inch chunks so they do not overcook. 
  • I do not recommend chicken breast in this recipe. It won’t be as tender and flavorful as the thighs. Plus chicken breast is easy to overcook.
  • Many of you have asked if this recipe can be made in a crockpot. Recently I tested this recipe in a crockpot and the result was just not the same. Chicken stew is all about building flavor and texture by searing the meat, then the vegetables and aromatics, which is impossible to do in a crockpot. Therefore, I do not recommend making this stew in a crockpot.

ONE-POT CHICKEN STEW

DESCRIPTION

This hearty one-pot chicken stew practically cooks itself! It’s made all in one-pot with tender chunks of chicken and savory veggies. Enjoy it with crusty bread for an ultimate cold weather meal!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil, divided
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 12 wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 12 oz. baby white potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pat dry the chicken with a few sheets of paper towel and season thoroughly with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy-bottom dutch oven or a soup pot over high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes total. The goal here is to simply brown the chicken on the outside and extract some of its flavor. Make sure to use high heat, otherwise, the chicken will steam out and not brown. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to a medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add carrots and onions. Cook, stirring often until onions begin to soften and tips turn golden, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant, while stirring nonstop. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth while stirring and scraping to loosen browned bits from the bottom of the dutch oven.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and 1/2 cup broth; add to the dutch oven. Stir in chicken and remaining 4 cups of chicken broth. Add bay leaf and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes, partially covered.
  5. Add potatoes and cook uncovered until potatoes are tender, about 18-20 minutes. If needed, increase the heat so the stew is at a gentle simmer. Also taste the broth for salt and pepper and add more if needed. Stir in parsley and discard bay leaf before serving.

NOTES

  • Leftovers: Leftover chicken stew will last in the refrigerator for about 3 days. I do not recommend freezing as it will change the texture of the potatoes and the consistency of the broth.

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