This Southern stewed chicken is one recipe you will love! Especially during those cold chili months. It’s loaded with vegetables and chicken; the gravy is the chef’s kiss. 

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What is Stew Chicken?

It’s a high-in protein Southern meal that consists of boiled or seared chicken breast and your favorite vegetables. The simple ingredients make this a great meal preparation recipe. You can go as far as adding a side of crusty bread to this tender chicken recipe!

Grocery Store List For Stewed Chicken Recipe

Stew-Chicken-ingredients

Protein – Chicken breast works fine but you can also go for chicken legs and boneless chicken thighs. You can even cut up a whole chicken with multiple chicken pieces.

Seasonings- include black pepper, cajun seasoning, minced garlic, onion powder, and garlic powder. 

Tablespoons of cornstarch- This is used to make the cooking liquid(gravy) thicker.

Butter- The butter helps to sear the chicken, leaving you with browned bits at the bottom of the pot. That adds additional flavor.

Chicken Broth- This will make a savory broth. 

Russet Potatoes-  This is where my love for comfort food comes in. This step is optional but is recommended for this Southern chicken stew recipe.

Why Should You Make This Southern Stewed Chicken Recipe?

Family Friendly-  You will love the simplicity of this deep south dish. The chicken breast along with the carrots and potatoes will leave your family feeling full and satisfied.

Meal Prep Ready- The thing I love about this Southern classic is that the chicken cooks slow and easy making this the perfect meal prep dinner to enjoy the next day.

Easy To Recreate- There is no need to rack your brain looking for a thousand different ingredients. I’m pretty confident that you may have all of the ingredients for this classic chicken recipe in your pantry.

How do you make Southern stewed chicken?

Step 1: Begin with chopping all of your vegetables 

Step: 2: Preheat your pot to medium-high heat

Step 3:Season your chicken well. 

Step 4: In a pan add in your butter and olive oil. 

Step 5: Add your chicken into the pan and place a lid on the pot for about 10 minutes. At the halfway mark(5 minutes) flip the chicken and add the top back on for the remaining time.

Step 6: Remove the chicken from the pan.

Step 7: In the same pot add in your chop carrots, chopped onions, and minced garlic. Allow to cook until they become tender

Step 8: Mix your chicken broth and cornstarch. Once the cornstarch has dissolved add the mixture to the pot. Allow to come to a boil and add in your chopped potatoes.

Step 9: Once you add in your potatoes, immediately add in your seasonings and bay leaves, and stir.

Step 10:  Add your browned chicken back into the pot and stir. Place the lid on the pot turn your stove to medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until your meat is thoroughly cooked and your gravy has thickened.

The full list of ingredients can be found in the recipe card

Variations

  • Make it into a Spanish stewed chicken by adding bell pepper, bay leaves, and tomato sauce.
  • Add cumin, chili powder, and green chilies to make it Mexican-style.
  • Adding scotch bonnet peppers will make this the perfect flavorful Caribbean dish.
  • Add hot sauce to give your browned chicken an extra zest of spice!

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have carrots on hand you can also use green beans to give you that boost of nutrition.
  • Cornstarch can be replaced with all-purpose flour.

What To Pair with Stewed Chicken?

There are several different sides you can pair with this recipe homemade biscuits, white rice, collard greens, slice of cornbread, or even mashed potatoes.

How To Make Stew Chicken

The Best Southern Stewed Chicken Recipe

This Southern stewed chicken is one recipe you will love! Especially during those cold chili months. It’s loaded with vegetables and chicken; the gravy is the chef's kiss. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown stew chicken, chicken stew, chicken stew with carrots and onion, how to make chicken stew, southern stewed chicken recipe, stew chicken, stew chicken recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 1850kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breast Chicken Thighs, Chicken Legs
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Cups Chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 2 Russet Potatoes or Baby Potatoes

Chicken Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Seasoning Salt

Stew Chicken Gravy Seasoning

  • Salt To Taste To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste To Taste
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leave
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder Optional

Instructions

  • Begin with chopping all your vegetables (onion, carrots, and potatoes).
    1 Cup Diced Onion, 2 Russet Potatoes, 1 Carrot
  • Preheat your pot to medium-high heat
  • Season your chicken thighs in a bowl with garlic powder, pepper, and seasoning salt
    1 Tbsp Garlic Powder, 1 Tbsp Pepper, 1 Tbsp Seasoning Salt
  • In a pan add in your butter and olive oil
    2 Tbsp Butter, 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Once the butter has melted down add your chicken into the pan and place a lid on the pot for about 10 minutes. At the halfway mark (5 minutes) flip the chicken and add the top back on for the remaining time.
    3 Chicken Breast
  • Take your chicken out and place it to the side on a clean plate
  • In the same pot add in your chop carrots, chopped onions, and minced garlic. Allow cooking until they become tender
    1 Cup Diced Onion, 1 Carrot, 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • Mix your chicken broth and cornstarch together. Once the cornstarch has dissolved add the mixture to the pot.
    3 Cups Chicken broth, 1 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Next, allow to come to a boil and add in your chopped potatoes.
    2 Russet Potatoes
  • Once you add in your potatoes, immediately add in your seasonings. Garlic, garlic powder, pepper, and bay leave and stir
    Salt To Taste, Pepper To Taste, 1 Bay Leave, 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Add your browned chicken back into the pot and stir
  • Place the lid on the pot turn your stove to medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until your meat is thoroughly cooked and your gravy has thickened.

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Nutrition

Calories: 1850kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 100g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 461mg | Sodium: 10021mg | Potassium: 3758mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10678IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 11mg

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. The chicken falls off the bones and the flavor is so good. I love the addition of carrots, they elevate the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for creating this fantastic recipe! I enjoy eating this immediately after a grueling workout. Like soup but more hearty, this bowl of stew was comforting, filling, energizing, and fat-blasting. It is packed with calories, sodium, and fats that align with my body’s goals.

  3. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this and I’m hoping those chicken legs will be so fork tender the meat will fall off. Can’t wait to make it. It sounds so delicious.