Easy Chicken Stew

January 8, 2013

in Crockpot Convenience, Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Easy Chicken Stew - BusyButHealthy.com

By popular demand, I’ve been doing my best to create some easy and healthy dinners. Chicken is a staple in our house, but if you’re vegetarian, you could easily replace the chicken for tofu in this recipe (and chicken stock for vegetable stock). You can tailor this recipe to be mild or spicy, depending on the type of salsa you use.  This recipe is also gluten free, and dairy free. Its mild enough, so it should be a hit with the kids too.

Easy Chicken Stew

Makes 6 servings (just over 6 cups)


4 x 4 oz chicken breasts, chopped into chunks (stove top method) , left whole (slow cooker method) *could also use rotisserie chicken breasts
1/2 medium cauliflower, chopped into smaller florets
1 cup frozen corn
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup jarred salsa (mild or hot, whatever your preference)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock

Garnish: fresh chopped parsley


Stove Top Method: Spray a large pot with cooking spray. Place raw chicken chunks in and cook on all sides until slightly browned. Remove and set aside. Bring cauliflower, onion, carrot, corn, garlic. Sautee until it begins to soften. Add in cumin, chili powder and stir. Add in chicken stock and salsa and stir to combine. Add back in chicken and simmer for around 15 minutes until chicken is cooked and cauliflower is fork tender. Spoon into bowls and top with fresh chopped parsley.

Slow Cooker Method: Place cauliflower, corn, carrot, celery, garlic and onion in slow cooker. Stir in salsa, place chicken on top and add broth.  Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 4-5 hours.  Shred chicken with 2 forks, place in bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Nutrition (per 1 cup)   Calories: 151   Fat: 2.5 g   Carbs: 13 g   Sugars: 1 g   Fiber: 3 g   Sodium: 316 mg   Protein: 20 g

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  • Bernie Colclasure

    A co-worker brought this dish in yesterday to have for her lunch. The aroma and attractiveness of the stew was so impressive that I ask her for the recipe which she forwarded. I will try it very soon.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      That’s great to hear! Welcome! Hope you find some other recipes you’ll like too! 🙂

  • Katelyn Aase

    Should the chicken be raw or cooked for the slow cooker? Sorry, new to cooking here!!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Katelyn, sorry I should have specified. It should be raw chicken.

  • Angela Christina

    I made this last night for supper !!! It turned out delicious !!!! I used a whole small jar of medium salsa that had extra red peppers 🙂 when I think of “stew”, I think of a thicker consistency and mine came out like soup but that’s ok cuz it was yummy !!!!!!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Glad you liked it! I’m wondering if different salsa’s work a bit differently. Was your salsa thicker or more runny? Just curious. I believe the one I used was quite thick, but I should try with a runnier one to see if it effects the end result. If you use the same brand next time I’d use half the amount of chicken stock and it should be more stew-like. 🙂

  • http://simple-nourished-living.com/ Martha McKinnon

    This looks delicious! I’ve made a commitment to use my crock pot every day for a year to make Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes. I’ve bookmarked this to try soon.

  • Karmen

    If I were to use frozen chicken breasts, would anything change?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Nope, it may just have a bit of extra liquid. Enjoy!

      • Karmen

        Thanks so much:) I’ve made this a couple times & loved it so I didn’t wanna ruin it haha!! Love all of your recipes and really appreciate all the time u put into this…. Again, thank u!

  • Shawnaa

    Great recipe…easy, healthy and tasty. I was short on chicken so I threw in a handful of shrimp to compensate. Turned out well:-)

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Nice! Shrimp would be a great substitute!

  • Shawnaa

    Looks nice and simple….LOVE THAT….will soon give it a try

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