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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 374kcal


  • 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 uncooked chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the oil, butter, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to a large soup pot. Sauté over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and let it cook for about a minute.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, cream, and Italian seasoning, followed by the mushrooms, potatoes, and chicken.
  • Increase the heat to high and bring the stew to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer (lid off) for 25 minutes.
  • Take the chicken out and cut it up/shred it. Add it back in, then season the stew with salt & pepper to taste.


  • 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. 
  • Chicken is safe to eat when it's reached an internal temperature of 165F. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness. 
  • 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.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 1264mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5479IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg