This delicious southern chicken stew recipe will soon become the go-to dish in your household! Easy to make and perfect for cold days.
Start by seasoning chicken thighs with kosher salt and black pepper, before using an ovenproof pot to brown each batch in batches.
Potatoes add extra flavor and starch to this stew, thickening its broth for extra comforting goodness.
1. Slow Cooker Southern Chicken Stew
This easy and flavorful slow cooker chicken stew recipe requires only minimal ingredients while being packed with vibrant veggies and a touch of sweetness – plus, it is naturally gluten free, dairy-free and Paleo friendly!
Browning chicken, aromatics and vegetables before placing them in a slow cooker adds tremendous depth of flavor. The fond (brown bits left from searing the chicken in a pan) offers rich sources of savory flavors which help thicken up the broth as it simmers away.
Start with low-sodium chicken broth or stock, to control the saltiness of this comforting stew. If your broth is a little thin, thicken it by whisking in all-purpose flour while cooking in the skillet or making a cornstarch slurry in another bowl.
Make this slow cooker chicken stew ahead and store in an airtight container until ready to rewarm!
2. One-Pot Southern Chicken Stew
One-pot chicken stew is an effortless recipe that can be prepared quickly in under an hour, using traditional mirepoix ingredients: onion, carrot and celery as its foundation. Chicken should first be browned before adding vegetables; some flour is added later to create a rich gravy while simmering takes place until both potatoes and chicken become tender; then cream can be stirred into add a creamy finishing touch to this flavorful chicken dish!
This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs for maximum flavor and moisture when simmering, however other cuts such as chicken breasts may also work just as well. To further streamline and speed up this recipe, rotisserie chicken may also be an option!
3. Crock Pot Southern Chicken Stew
This slow cooker chicken stew recipe is easy and straightforward! All it requires are simple ingredients like chicken thighs, potatoes, tomatoes, corn and fresh herbs – as well as broth and cream for an irresistibly creamy finish! Plus it’s completely customizable to suit the preferences of you and your family; simply add or subtract whatever vegetables or herbs suit your palate best! For maximum flavor I suggest browning chicken and aromatics before transferring everything to the crockpot as this will add an incredible depth of flavor!
To thicken my stew, I like to stir in a small amount of cornstarch slurry at the end. While this step is optional, it helps ensure an abundantly thick broth. Alternatively, remove and mash one coffee cup worth of potatoes with a fork before returning them back into your stew.
4. Instant Pot Southern Chicken Stew
This easy Southern chicken stew recipe will quickly become your go-to meal when the temperature drops. Serve alongside saltine crackers for an indulging meal that will warm you from within!
If you want to save time when making stew, rotisserie chicken can help make things simpler – simply add it towards the end of cooking time without the need to brown first!
Substituting vegetables like sweet potatoes or butternut squash for chicken adds an additional healthy twist, while for an alternative vegan meal you could substitute vegetable broth instead.
Add Worscestershire sauce and rosemary sprigs for maximum flavor in this stew! You could also experiment with different herbs and spices like paprika or Cajun seasoning to customize it even further. Plus, adding flour thickens it instantly – so this is perfect for making in an Instant Pot; plus you can freeze any leftovers!