This classic chicken stew is hearty, filling, and healthy – plus with its splash of cream for extra richness it adds just the perfect amount of decadence!
One pot wonder! Simply brown your chicken, sautee the veggies, and stew everything all at the same time!
To thicken a soup or sauce, try mixing flour and water, or even chicken broth, together.
1. Cajun Chicken Stew
Classic comfort food, this southern chicken stew will quickly become one of your family’s favorites! Made with tender chicken and hearty potatoes simmered together in a delicious broth, it makes for an easy meal that pairs beautifully with rice or toast for extra filling satisfaction. Make it ahead and store in the refrigerator up to several days; or freeze up to three months.
Use a rotisserie chicken as an easy shortcut when adding cream and green beans for this dish. Just add it right before the final step when stirring in cream.
All ingredients for stewing are combined in one pot for ease and convenience, creating an easy meal solution. Stewing requires browning meats or poultry first before slowly simmering in liquid until tender – this allows flavors to develop for an enhanced meal experience.
2. Chicken Mull
Chicken mull may not sound all that appetizing, but this classic American barbecue stew remains popular among southern restaurants. A soup-like dish featuring pieces of slow-simmered chicken in a thick broth made with crushed saltine crackers. A satisfying winter warmer! Often served alongside hot sauce, cole slaw and grilled cheese sandwiches as accompaniments.
Chicken mull is similar to other stew recipes in that it begins by searing pieces of meat or poultry, then simmering them in a roux-based gravy. But unlike other stews, this one contains an additional element – potato starch that thickens up its liquid base.
One pot meals like this make the preparation and serving process straightforward, making life much simpler for both cook and diner. They can even be made a day in advance and kept refrigerated or frozen; just add a bit of flour or cornstarch before freezing to prevent clumping!
3. Chicken and Corn Casserole
This creamy chicken and corn casserole is the epitome of comfort food, coming together quickly using only basic kitchen tools to satisfy everyone in your household.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large pot. Whisk in flour and cook, while stirring, for one minute before adding salt, pepper, chives, and parsley powder. Slowly add milk while constantly whisking, gradually bringing it all to simmering point.
If you prefer thicker broths, either use a roux (made by heating flour and butter until golden), or make a cornstarch slurry by mixing one tablespoon of cornstarch with several tablespoons of water and adding this into your stew.
This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you can easily replace them with breasts or drumsticks depending on your preferred cooking time and needs. Also feel free to adjust vegetables according to personal taste – these recipes can easily accommodate this!
4. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is an age-old classic dish, featuring flaky pie crust with diced chicken, peas and carrots in a creamy sauce. If desired, for additional spice-induced flavor add a dash of hot sauce!
By opting for boneless chicken thighs instead of traditional beef stews, this stew becomes both healthier and cheaper than its beef counterparts. Furthermore, boneless chicken thighs remain moist and tender during their simmer time – although you could always opt for boneless chicken breasts instead if desired.
Browning the chicken adds an additional dimension of flavor. As its pieces brown, garlic, peppercorns and other fragrant ingredients such as thyme or paprika become embedded within them – giving this dish added depth of flavor! Though optional, browneding the chicken brings added depth of flavor.
If your chicken stew seems a little thin, add a cornstarch slurry towards the end of cooking to thicken its broth while it simmers. For an even richer experience, substitute cream for milk; this adds subtle nutty sweetness while finishing it off with parsley for comfort food at its finest.