I am not sure how it took me until now to realize the greatness of the slow cooker.
You do a few minutes of work chopping things and tossing them into the slow cooker early in the day.
Add a few things later on.
Stir once in a while, when you think of it.
And then, by evening, just in time for dinner, you’ve got the most richly flavorful, savory home cooked meal all ready to go.
And just that one crock pot to wash.
Just the one pot.
Homemade meals that feel like no work at all, that’s the magic of the slow cooker.
How did I not realize the convenience sooner?
What I made in the slow cooker this week: Chicken Pot Pie Stew.
I happen to love the filling of a traditional chicken pot pie so much more than the crust.
So I combined all of those delicious, savory flavors into a comforting, hearty stew with chicken, winter veggies, and potatoes.
Since the chicken is cooked so very slowly at so very low of a temperature, it turns out tender beyond compare, just falling apart with a spoon.
And, by roughly chopping the vegetables into thick pieces, the stew feels like such a satisfying comfort food dish.
Without the buttery crust, this dish is super healthy too.
It’s a complete meal that’s only about 300 calories per serving and packed with nutrients from the variety of veggies: skin smoothing vitamin A, detoxifying vitamin C, filling fiber, energizing vitamin B6, and skin nourishing potassium.
Side Bonus: this dish also holds up really well as leftovers when refrigerated in a covered, airtight container.
Make it on the weekend for ready-made weekday lunches!
The forecast says our first snowfall of the season is arriving tonight.
I don’t know how I let so many winters pass without realizing it, but I’m clear now: I’m seeing many comfort food slow cooker meals in my near future!
Here’s the complete, printable recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew:
- Serving size: 6
- Calories: 293
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated fat: 1.6g
- Carbohydrates: 21.6g
- Sugar: 5g
- Fiber: 4.8g
- Protein: 27.7g
- Cholesterol: 58mg
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Yield: 6 servings
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound organic pastured (grass fed) skinless boneless chicken breasts, fat trimmed, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
- 4 large celery ribs, roughly chopped
- 2 medium russet potatoes, roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dried ground sage
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 cups organic vegetable broth
- ⅔ cup frozen green peas
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Add 4 tablespoons olive oil along with chicken, onion, garlic and bay leaves to a slow cooker. Set the heat to High. Season with salt and pepper, stir, and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, thyme, sage, and white wine. Season with salt and pepper, stir, and cover. Cook for about 2½ hours, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are fork tender.
- Reduce the heat to Low. Add the broth and peas, cover and cook for about 1½ hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
And for step-by-step…
…Begin with these key ingredients.
Then mince up a few garlic cloves.
Next, chop an onion.
This recipe is meant as a hearty stew, so no need to carefully finely dice the onion.
Just take the shortcut and roughly chop it up.
Also grab some certified organic, pastured (grass fed) skinless boneless chicken breasts, trim off any excess fat, and chop them into three-quarter-inch cubes.
Then add a bit of olive oil to your slow cooker (here is the stainless steel slow cooker I am wishing for these days) and toss in the garlic, onion, and chicken.
Add a couple of bay leaves to add lots of savory rich flavor to the soup.
Then season with salt and pepper, stir everything, and cover.
Set the slow cooker to high heat, and cook until the chicken is cooked through, stirring every once in a while.
Meanwhile, as the chicken is cooking away, prep the other ingredients.
Cut up some carrots (again, just like the onion, take the shortcut and just roughly chop the veggies into large hearty pieces).
Also roughly chop a few large celery ribs…
…and a couple of russet potatoes.
When the chicken is cooked, toss the chopped veggies into the slow cooker, along with a few seasonings that will fill the house with the most yummy, savory homemade soup aroma: dried thyme, ground sage, and a bit of dry white wine.
Season everything with salt and pepper, and stir it all up.
Then, leaving the slow cooker still set to high heat, cover and allow it to cook (stirring once in a while) until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork.
Last step: reduce the slow cooker heat to low, and toss in some vegetable broth and some frozen green peas.
Stir it all up, cover, and allow it to cook until the flavors have melded and some of the starch from the potatoes has begun to thicken the broth.
Then taste the soup and season as needed with salt and pepper.
And serve up hearty, steaming hot bowls of comforting chicken soup!
The chicken is so tender and falls apart with a spoon, and the broth is richly flavored with all of the classic pot pie herbs like bay leaves, thyme and sage.
It’s healthy comfort food at its best, in my mind.
I love to bake up whole wheat dinner rolls to serve with this soup.
Since this healthy stew doesn’t have a crust, a crispy, warm, buttery roll really completes the whole chicken pot pie effect!
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