Crock Pot Chicken Stew

A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!

There’s nothing better than a crock pot recipe on a busy day. During the fall and winter, I make a lot of crock pot soups, and this is one of my favorites. I also love Chicken Florentine, Taco Soup, and Baked Potato Soup, all made in the slow cooker!

Chicken Stew in a white bowl

simple, convenient, and tasty!

I know we’ve shared several soup recipes over the last few weeks, but we had too many good ones not to share. Today’s recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Stew is another winner recipe. Everyone loved it, but the adults especially enjoyed this hearty and delicious recipe.

It is super creamy and bursting with flavor! Best part is, it’s all made in a crock pot. Simple, convenient and TASTY – can’t beat that! If you’re looking for an easy and delicious soup recipe, we highly recommend this one. It’s great for dinner or your upcoming Soup Potluck!

let the crockpot do the work

This recipe is so simple, because all you have to do is throw the ingredients in and let the crock pot do all the work! Here is the step-by-step break down:

Vegetables. Turn your crockpot on and place the butter inside, letting it melt. Stir in all of the vegetables, coating them with butter.

Chicken. Season the (cooked and diced) chicken as desired and add it to the crockpot.

Slow Cook. In a separate bowl, mix together the soup, milk, sour cream, chicken broth, and ranch dressing mix. Pour this mixture on top of the chicken in the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 4-6.

Serve. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!

Stovetop version

This stew can just as easily be made on the stovetop. Just melt the butter in a large pot and stir in the veggies coating them with butter. Add the chicken too. Mix the soup, milk, sour cream, broth and ranch dressing mix in a bowl and then add it to the pot. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 45 minutes.

Chicken Stew Crock Pot

Tips and FAQ

Can this recipe be doubled? This stew recipe can definitely be doubled if making for a larger crowd. Just double each ingredient and be sure to use a large crock pot that can hold it.

What potatoes work best in stew: Stay away from russet potatoes which are higher in starch and can take on a grainy texture. Stick with red potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, fingerling potatoes, or long white potatoes.

What other vegetables can be put in this stew? 

  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower 
  • Broccoli

How to thicken chicken stew? The thickness of a stew is really a personal preference. Here are a few ways to thicken your soup to get it to your favorite texture:

  • Mash up a few of the potatoes that are already in the stew, and stir.
  • Add cornstarch: in a separate bowl add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon cold water. Whisk and then stir into the stew.
  • Add flour: In a separate bowl, mix 1 Tablespoon of flour and ½ c of broth. Slowly add to the stew.
  • Add instant potatoes: Add 1 Tablespoon at a time stir and allow it to absorb into the stew before adding another tablespoon.

Nothing better than a bowl of warm soup during the fall or winter!! And with a recipe as easy as this one, you’ll be sure to make it over and over again. 😉

Freezes really well!

How to freeze chicken stew? If you plan to freeze this soup be sure to undercook the vegetables. Allow the soup to completely cool. Place in a freezer safe container leaving 1 inch head space. Store for 4-6 months. Thaw in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave for smaller portions or on the stove top for larger portions.

Freezing tips:

  • Freeze in individual sized portions.
  • Leave out any thickening agents such as flour or cornstarch. If you thaw frozen soup in the fridge, then it can stay in the fridge for 3-4 days before reheating.
  • You can eat half now and freeze the other half for later. Halfway during the cooking process place half of the soup in a freezer safe container (remember you want to freeze undercooked vegetables) Allow the soup to cool, cover and place in the freezer.

For more crockpot soups, check out:

Creamy Chicken Stew Recipe

4.91 from 20 votes
A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this Slow Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 316 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 boneless chicken breasts cooked, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 TB butter
  • 4 small red potatoes quartered
  • 1 c baby carrots halved
  • 1 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 oz packet dry ranch dressing mix or 3 TB
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Parsley flakes


  • Add butter to the bottom of a crock pot. Let melt. Stir in all of the vegetables coating with the butter. Season diced chicken as desired and add to the crock pot.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the soup, milk, sour cream, chicken broth, and ranch dressing mix. Pour on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve!


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I’m looking forward to making this for dinner Sunday 11-11-18. I was wondering if Cream Of Chicken with Herb would be ok To use?

    1. 5 stars
      Also, this is the best Chicken stew ever!!! Even my picky 3 year old eats two bowls every time i make it. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

      1. I love to hear that!! That makes me so happy! It should be able to freeze. I haven’t tried, but I don’t see why not 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Is it 1 oz or Three Tbsp? Since 1 oz. = 2 tbsp I thought I should ask. I didn’t want it to be over seasoned. Thanks.

    1. The packet is 1 ounce which usually has closer to 3 tablespoons in it. So, if you have the ranch seasoning dry mix in a container, then just use 3 T. or if you have the packets, then just use 1 packet.

  3. We loved this recipe. I added onions BECAUSE…. it’s stew lol. We loved the flavors so much that I’m using the recipe to make chicken and dumplings (I’ll add cut up refrigerated biscuit dough at the end, and probably leave out the potatoes to avoid too much starch)
    Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Really tastey! I added spinach, peas, and corn; i also Pan Fried chicken thighs and cooked thEm the rest of the way in the soup. I also would recOmmend using 1/2 pack of ranch seasoning. Anywho, Great recipe!

      1. Looking forward to trying this…..I’m not much of a cook, but since we share a last name, it must be good! And easy! Right cuz? 🙂

  5. 5 stars

  6. I’m cooking this for dinner tonight and didn’t cook my chicken first. I hope it will still turn out ok. My husband is having oral surgery tomorrow and I figured I could blend his portion up in the blender tomorrow and he can just drink it. It smells really good so far. I chose the option of cooking it on high.

    1. How did it turn out? I hadn’t ever put the chicken in raw, so I wanted to see how it turned out. Hope your husbands surgery goes well!

  7. 5 stars
    This was absolutely fantastic! I loved everything about it. I added just a couple extra potatoes, and seasoned my chicken with seasoned salt. We sopped up the yummy sauce with hawaiin rolls. It was the best and I will be making it again and again! Thanks so much! (:

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe, I also use thighs in this stew…..and a heads up, there are 2 Tablespoons in a packet of Ranch Dressing Mix that come in the packets.

    1. Thanks so much for the measuring info on the Ranch Dressing Mix. This is so helpful! Glad you liked the recipe.

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