Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew

5 from 2 votes

Slow cook chicken to juicy perfection.

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 Skinny Ms. 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 Skinny Ms. 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.

5 from 2 votes

Crock-Pot Rustic Chicken Stew

With little prep, this slow cooker stew is a great way to eat a warm and comforting meal on a busy day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Universal


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


  • Combine all the ingredients, except the cornstarch, in the crock-pot then set on low for 8 hours, or high 4 hours.
  • 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.
  • Before serving, drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil and stir to combine.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 669mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly

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Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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?

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