Crock Pot Chicken Stew

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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

4.88 from 16 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 Kellyn Carpenter

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!

Recipe Video

Adapted from thecozycook.com

Author

Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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  1. 4 stars
    Hi – I love that this is creamy crock pot recipe – I don’t have any, and was immediately drawn to it – my family will love it. The crock pot is great – but this change with the creamy sauce will be wonderful – thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night (10/16), and it was a big hit. Five stars for being both tasty and easy. I made just a few small changes. I used light butter and light sour cream. I added 1/2 a yellow onion to the veggie mix. I also chopped and seared the chicken for a couple minutes before adding to the crock pot. We were so excited to dig in that I even forgot the Parsley. Looking forward to trying that added flavor next time I make it….which will probably be in about a week if my husband gets his way.

  3. hoping it works for me, I only had chicken drumsticks on hand lol.
    Gonna peel the meat off the bone when its all cooked and ready to serve.
    I added onions, mini red peppers, and medley potatoes to mine.

  4. 5 stars
    Tried this last night and my husband and I both loved it! Added a little flour at the end to thicken it up but the flavor was still great.

  5. you should not say your receipe is gluten free if the ingredients are not gluten free my daughter has celiac disease and she cannot have any gluten, it causes severe reactions. its not just a fad for her and many other celiac sufferers.

      1. We are a gluten free household too. I came across this on pinterest and it is tagged as “gluten free” … but when I click here it doesn’t say that. So I think there was an error in the system or someone else who posted it (?). I make our own cream of chicken, so we will be ok on that.
        😉

  6. Hi Kristyn,

    I was looking at your crockpot chicken stew recipe and 1 cup of chicken broth does not seem like enough liquid along with the cream of chicken soup to make 4-6 servings. Are you sure that the chicken stock is the right amount? I was thinking maybe 4 cups of chicken broth added to the stew would make 4-6 servings.

  7. 4 stars
    Recipe gets a 5 star rating BUT
    I rated it 4 as I added some extra items.
    I added shredded cauliflower, peas, corn, paprika, garlic and a custom 4 pepper blend vs staight black pepper.
    It smells amazing and I love it… feeding 3 boys, I hope it is enough!.

    1. 5 stars
      Why would you rate it 4 if you think the recipe is a 5 star? You changed the recipe completely with different ingredients and then say it’s a five, but give a four. Makes no sense.

  8. 5 stars
    For my family, didn’t change a thing in the recipe. Wish everyone could smell my house right now! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing Kristyn I appreciate you and your recipes.

  9. 5 stars
    potatoes, carrots, & chicken..what could be better? my husband has requested this again. he said it was the best chicken stew ever. it is so filling & creamy & has a delicious flavor.

  10. 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. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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? 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I MADE THIS TONIGHT AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING!! I DID ADD 1 ONION, 1 CUP CELERY WITH THE USUAL VEGETABLES, BUT ADDED 1/2 CUP FROZEN PEAS JUST BEFORE SERVING. AND I ALSO ADDED SEASONED SALT BECAUSE I USED A FULL COOKED BREAST FROM A ROTISSERIE LEFT OVER CHICKEN. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!! THANK YOU!!