Slow Cooker Chicken Stew With Potatoes

Chicken Stew
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Ratings (5)
  • Total: 7 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1361 Calories
83g Fat
42g Carbs
107g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy chicken stew is cooked in the slow cooker with potatoes, corn, onion soup mix, and tomato sauce. It's a simple combination of ingredients. 

Like most stews, this one is versatile. Add carrots or other chopped vegetables to the mixture, and use boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in chicken. I prefer chicken thighs because there's no need to separate meat from bones, and no risk of bones in the stew. If you do use bone-in chicken, remove it from the slow cooker before it falls apart. Remove the meat from the bones, chop it, and return it to the slow cooker.


  • 3 to 4 chicken legs (quartered, skin removed)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 10 3/4 ounces can condensed cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken
  • Optional: kosher salt and black pepper (freshly ground, to taste)
  • 3 medium red-skinned, Yukon gold, or round white potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 medium onions (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 8 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Steps to Make It

  1. If desired, cut each chicken leg quarters into 2 pieces (thigh and leg).

  2. Mix mushroom soup with water in slow cooker.

  3. Add chicken pieces, salt, and pepper.

  4. Cover and cook for 1 hour on HIGH, then add all of the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH. When the chicken is very tender, remove the meat from the bones, chop it, and add it back to the slow cooker.

  5. Taste and adjust the seasonings with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed.

  6. Serve the chicken stew hot with crackers, crusty bread, or biscuits.

Tips and Variations

  • Use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken legs.

  • Add 2 carrots, sliced or diced.

  • Add 1/2 cup of sliced celery.

  • Add 1 cup of frozen baby lima beans, thawed.

  • Add a 14.5-ounce can of tomatoes to the stew.

Reader Comments

"This is a really easy and inexpensive meal which can feed an average to a large family. I have converted it to my pressure cooker. Only takes 7 minutes. Either way, the taste is comforting and one of our family favorites. Definitely tastes better than the recipe looks. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed," — Indiana Mom

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