Holden’s Ranch Chicken Stew provides the ideal comfort food during winter nights. A heartwarming bowl will warm you from head to toe!
A delicate balance of flavors, this creamy stew features sweet notes from one tablespoon of sugar and savory ones from salt, pepper and paprika.
Be sure to finely shred the chicken for optimal texture in your stew, and feel free to alter its consistency as desired by adding more cream of chicken soup or regular milk if a thinner stew is preferred.
1. Holden’s Ranch Chicken Stew
This popular stew features an irresistibly creamy base made with both regular milk and canned evaporated milk, creating an irresistibly velvety surface on which chicken, hearty vegetables, and small gold potatoes can come alive! Plus – its classic mirepoix of onions, carrots, celery, plus small gold potatoes add depth and heartiness!
For an effortless soup thickener, combine a small amount of flour with water in a slurry and slowly drizzle into simmering liquid – this will instantly thicken up the broth, creating a comforting and fulfilling stew every time!
Holden’s Ranch-inspired recipe flavored with sugar, salt, black pepper and paprika adds subtle sweetness and bold flavor. Pairing this succulent stew with earthy chicken pieces adds even more comfort; add saltine crackers on the side for extra crunch! Perfect meal prep as this stew can be made up to 24 hours ahead and heated gently before resuming its glorious flavors!
2. Cajun-Style Chicken Stew
A delicious hearty stew perfect for Mardi Gras. This dish can be easily made by slowly braising chicken in a roux-based sauce with vegetables and flavorful spices; in this instance we used classic Cajun seasoning as it lends bold flavors that won’t let anyone down!
This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs that take the Cajun flavors perfectly and simmer down into tender, juicy bliss. Although chicken breasts will work as well, their texture won’t compare.
Heat oil in a large pot. Add the chicken, season it and cook until both sides are golden brown, removing to a bowl when done. Return the pot to medium-low heat. Whisk flour to form a dark roux; combine Trinity ingredients along with water or broth and chicken bouillon cubes before stirring constantly over low-medium heat until thickened; adding additional liquid if necessary to prevent burning; stir regularly until desired thickness has been reached; season with additional salt, pepper and paprika as desired before adding seasonings such as salt pepper or paprika according to taste!
3. Southern Chicken Stew with Potatoes
This hearty stew is like chicken soup’s older sibling: rich and hearty! Packed with dark meat chicken thighs for extra rich broth, its touch of sweetness balances out its savory notes, while onions, carrots, celery, and garlic give this meal its classic mirepoix mix a vibrant flavor profile and texture – with potatoes providing an additional filling finish!
Flour and butter help thicken broth to a gravy-like consistency, while scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan (known as fond) adds further depth of flavor.
Serve this chicken stew over rice or with crusty bread for a satisfying dinner, and even freeze in an airtight resealable freezer bag for easy reheating later!
4. Southern-Style Chicken Stew with Vegetables
Sugar provides the necessary balance in this hearty chicken stew recipe, along with finely chopped onions, butter pat and an array of seasonings including salt, pepper and paprika to complete its flavor profile. Enjoy!
Browning chicken in olive oil adds extra flavor and richness to this recipe, while adding flour creates a roux that thickens the broth into gravy. Hearty small gold potatoes provide heartiness while adding color and texture through an array of onion, carrot and celery mirepoix vegetables gives this dish its classic finish.
This hearty southern stew is ideal for sharing with family and friends. Plus, its creamy texture will stay intact even after it has been refrigerated for storage or reheated over low heat – perfect for meal prep! Serve this comforting meal alongside crusty bread, air fryer cornbread or biscuits from your air fryer, southern green beans for extra warmth or leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge that can then be slowly heated on low heat to preserve its creamy texture!