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Chicken Stew – (BEST) Old Fashioned Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew – This easy delicious chicken stew with sweet potatoes is super flavorful and simmered in chicken stock until tender and juicy.

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Chicken Stew – Tips

Brown the chicken for extra flavor – Don’t skip this step! Browning the chicken adds depth of flavor to the stew.

Use homemade garam masala or store-bought – Garam masala is a warm, aromatic spice blend commonly used in Indian cuisine.

Adjust the spice level – This recipe is mildly spiced. Feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder to your preference.

Thicken the stew (optional) – If you prefer a thicker stew, you can make a slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water.

Add it slowly to the simmering stew, stirring constantly, until you reach the desired consistency.

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Chicken Stew – Variations

  • Coconut Curry Stew – Add 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon curry powder for a creamy and flavorful twist.
  • Spicy Chicken Vindaloo – Increase the chili powder to 1 tablespoon and add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a fiery kick.
  • Lemon Stew – Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon for a bright and tangy flavor.
Simple Chicken Stew

How to Serve This Easy Chicken Stew?

This delicious stew is perfectly served over a bed of fluffy rice or with warm naan bread for dipping. Garnish with fresh cilantro for a pop of color and a refreshing touch.

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Easy Chicken Stew – FAQs

Can I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

Absolutely! Just be sure to adjust the cooking time as breasts cook faster than bone-in pieces. Aim for an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

What vegetables can I add to this stew?

This recipe is very versatile! Feel free to add carrots, green beans, bell peppers, or even cauliflower.

How can I make this stew vegetarian?

Simply omit the chicken and add chickpeas or lentils for a hearty vegetarian option. You may also need to adjust the cooking time depending on the legume used.

Yield: 6

Chicken Stew

Simple Chicken Stew

This easy delicious chicken stew with sweet potatoes is super flavorful and simmered in chicken stock until tender and juicy.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can peas
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks


  1. Stir water, celery, potatoes, chicken, carrots, peas, tomato sauce, sweet potato, and bay leaves together in a pot.
  2. Cook at a simmer, On medium heat for 1 hour 45 minutes.
  3. Into the soup stir cooked rice and cook for 15 minutes until the rice separates into grains and are hot.

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 423Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 13mgSodium 889mgCarbohydrates 61gSugar 30gProtein 13g

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