Italian Chicken Stew (Slow Cooker and Instant Pot)

This Italian Chicken Stew is a warm and cozy dinner the whole family will love! It’s easy to assemble and dump into a slow cooker or instant pot and you’ve got yourself a killer dinner!

Chicken Stew

This recipe is part of my Dump It ‘Til It’s Hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a great make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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Italian Chicken Stew

When I think of stew, I think of chunks tender beef with tons of veggies in a thick gravy. And while that’s delicious, a lighter option seemed like a really great idea so I decided to create this chicken stew recipe with my own twist on it. And since I grew up cooking with all sorts of delicious Italian flavors, that seemed like and excellent direction to take it!

I love that this chicken stew slow cooker recipe is hearty and satisfying while still being light enough that you don’t feel weighed down and sluggish after eating. And since I made sure to fill it with a ton of delicious veggies, its also a dish that gives you all the great flavor with none of the guilt!

Chicken Stew recipe

chicken stew crock pot

Tips for making this chicken stew crock pot recipe

  • Be sure to use full-sodium chicken broth. Low sodium makes it bland.
  • I don’t drain the can of bean.
  • I don’t chop the veggies too fine because I like the texture and I like them to hold up to the slow cooker or instant pot.
  • If you want this to be less like a stew and more like a soup you can add another can or two of broth.
  • I don’t add the escarole until the last 30 minutes of cooking to help it retain some of the texture and pretty color.
  • Always taste before serving and adjust the salt and pepper according to your taste.

slow cooker chicken stew

Frequently asked questions about making slow cooker chicken stew

  • Can you freeze chicken stew? Yes! I encourage you to freeze it before cooking.
  • How do you thicken chicken stew? I mix 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch into the broth and that thickens it a little without it being too thick.
  • What do you serve chicken stew with? This is great on it’s own but I love serving it over white rice. You can also serve it over cooked orzo or another pasta of your choice or even polenta or mashed potatoes to make it even heartier.
  • How long does chicken stew last? This will last 4-5 days covered in the refrigerator.

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Italian Chicken Stew Recipe Upgrades

Although this is designed to be a dump-and-go recipe, here are a few “upgrades” you can make if you have a little extra time on your hands and don’t mind doing a small amount of extra work. You don’t have to do them to have a delicious meal, but they will make this recipe come out even more delicious:

  • Sear the chicken before adding to the slow cooker or instant pot (you can do this on the saute setting of the instant pot). Be sure to spray with some cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  • Make some instant rice to serve it over.
  • Top with Romano or Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes if you like a kick.

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Italian Chicken Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 

This Italian Chicken Stew is a warm and cozy dinner the whole family will love! It's easy to assemble and dump into a slow cooker or instant pot and you've got yourself a killer dinner!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Stew
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can cannellini beans, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 heaping cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 heaping cup celery, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 packed cups escarole, chopped
Optional add-ons:
  • Steamed white rice, to serve this over
  • Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
  • Crushed red pepper flakes for sprinkling over
Instructions
Slow Cooker instructions
  1. Whisk together broth and cornstarch until fully combined.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except for the escarole into the slow cooker (or place into a zipper freezer bag and freeze. Thaw when ready to cook).

  3. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours.

  4. 30 minutes before the cooking time is up, shredded the chicken and add escarole. Taste for seasoning.

  5. Cover and cook for remaining 30 minutes. Serve immediately over rice with a sprinkle with cheese and crushed red pepper flakes (if you want spicy).

Instant Pot instructions
  1. Whisk together broth and cornstarch until fully combined.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except for the escarole into the slow cooker (or place into a zipper freezer bag and freeze. Thaw when ready to cook).

  3. Cover and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and then do a 10 minute natural release.

  4. Uncover and press the Off button. Then press the saute button.

  5. Add escarole and shred chicken. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the escarole cooks a bit. Serve immediately over rice with a sprinkle with cheese and crushed red pepper flakes (if you want spicy).

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This Italian Chicken Stew is a warm and cozy dinner the whole family will love! It's easy to assemble and dump into a slow cooker or instant pot and you've got yourself a killer dinner!

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