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Easy Chicken Stew

This easy chicken stew recipe is simple to make and super comforting! It'll stick to your ribs and keep you warm all winter long. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken breast stew, creamy chicken stew, easy chicken stew, how to make chicken stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 374 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 medium carrots peeled & sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 7 ounces mushrooms (use white or cremini) sliced
  • 2 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add the oil, butter, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to a large soup pot. Sauté over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.

  2. Stir in the flour and let it cook for about a minute.

  3. Stir in the chicken broth, cream, and Italian seasoning, followed by the mushrooms, potatoes, and chicken.

  4. Increase the heat to high and bring the stew to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer (lid off) for 25 minutes (veggies will be tender and liquid will have thickened a bit).

  5. Take the chicken out and cut it up/shred it. Add it back in, then season the stew with salt & pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

  • This isn't a super thick stew. It's got quite a soupy texture (especially day 1). For leftovers it definitely thickens up a bit. 
  • I used 4 large chicken breasts weighing around 1.7 pounds (anything around 1.5 pounds is fine). Feel free to use chicken thighs. The meat is more likely to stay tender, especially after reheating. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 617mg27%
Potassium 1264mg36%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 5479IU110%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.