Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew

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Do you want a truly wholesome recipe without tons of prep time? Are you looking for comfort food that pads your heart and soul, not your butt and thighs? We hear you. That is why we have brought you our ultra-comforting yet refreshingly easy version of a beloved crock-pot classic. Our Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew will warm your soul and deliver that homey goodness you long for. And it calls for an incredibly simple preparation process. What more could you ask for?

Skinless chicken thighs provide flavor, minus the fat. After a minimal amount of slicing and dicing (or buy your veggies prepared!), toss everything into the crock-pot and this tasty, heart-warming chicken stew dish will practically cook itself. Freshly cracked pepper adds some zing. Don’t be afraid to play with more or less spice depending on your mood. We encourage moody cooking over here at SkinnyMs. If it’s not fun, it’s not cooking! So go on, get your crock-pot chicken stew a-stewin’ and sit back and feel good about yourself – you deserve it.

A super popular crock-pot ingredient is chicken. In fact, we at SkinnyMs. have a significant number of crock-pot chicken recipes in our recipe archive to share with you. This particular recipe targets any cozy family kitchen craving something homey: a rustic chicken stew with everyday ingredients. Throw in some carrots, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes to accompany the chicken, and your healthy, delicious meal is complete. This dish is perfect for busy bees always on the move who still want to enjoy something tasty and loaded with health benefits.

Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew

Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 386 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Sodium: 669 mg | Cholesterol: 71 mg | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 10 g | Protein: 23 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11


  • 4 skinless chicken thighs (optional chicken breast filets)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and round slices
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 8 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 3 bay leaves, torn in half
  • 3 cups chicken broth, fat-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the cornstarch, in the crock-pot then set on low for 8 hours, or high 4 hours.
  2. When the chicken is almost cooked, combine the cornstarch with one cup of the stew liquid in a small bowl. Whisk until the mixture becomes smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the chicken stew, stir and cook until it thickens up slightly.
  3. Before serving, drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil and stir to combine.

Did you love this flavorful dish? Hungry for more crockpot recipes featuring juicy, delicious, protein-packed chicken? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at the recipes below!

Crockpot Skinny Lemon Chicken

Simple Crockpot Italian Chicken

Slow Cooker Everything Chicken

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

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15 Comments on "Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew"

  1. Tabatha  October 2, 2015

    Oh my sweet Lord! I'm totally making this! Right now I have left over turkey meat, so I'm just going to use turkey instead of Chicken, but I'm totally making this!

    • SkinnyMs  October 3, 2015

      Tabatha, GREAT! Please let us know how you like it. 🙂

  2. Gina  January 24, 2016

    I cannot see the recipe anywhere can someone copy and paste it?

  3. Gina  January 24, 2016

    Thank you. I bought all the ingredients and am going to try it tomorrow. Looks delicious!

  4. Jeanean  September 24, 2016

    Tried it today. Very tasty despite me over-cooking it slightly ( I misread the high/low cook time instructions). I’ll be adding it to my repertoire.

  5. Emily  January 5, 2017

    Could I use frozen chicken thighs for this?

    • Gale Compton  January 6, 2017

      Emily, Frozen chicken or other meats should not be used in the slow cooker due to bacteria. Please defrost before adding to recipes made in the slow cooker.

  6. Angelica  January 9, 2017

    How do you know when to take the broth and make the starch mixture?

    • Gale Compton  January 9, 2017

      Angelica, I removed the olive oil since it’s not really needed. When the chicken is almost cooked, combine the cornstarch with one cup of the stew liquid in a small bowl. Whisk until the mixture becomes smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the chicken stew, stir and cook until it thickens up slightly. 🙂

  7. Cindy  January 10, 2017

    This is really good! definitely will make it again. I just wished the it showed the serving size per the 11 Smart Points…servings is 4. So is one serving size 2 bowls or how many ounces? One serving is really big which is good!

  8. Jessica  April 24, 2017

    Do you have to use the cornstarch? I’ve noticed a lot of these recipes and others I’ve been looking at it call for that. I’m trying to eat healthy and cut out unnecessary carbs and that just seems lime a load of carbs to add

  9. Michelle  November 2, 2017

    I read that when making a beef stew you are supposed to use chicken broth. So is this recipe better with beef broth fat free?

    • Jennifer Hanford  November 2, 2017

      Hi, Michelle. We recommend using fat-free chicken broth for this stew.


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