Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Shortcut Chicken Stew

This chicken stew is made quickly with rotisserie or leftover chicken, but that does not make it short on flavor. This shortcut chicken stew is hearty, flavorful and oh so good!

      In our neck of the woods the weather this time of year can give you whiplash. One day it's sunny and springy, the next day you're layered up and trying to prevent frostbite.  We went on a nice long walk on Sunday only to not be able to feel our fingers on Monday.

     So we still are searching for warm and comforting meals.  When winter starts it's fun to break out old favorites like baked ziti, grandma's chicken broccoli casserole and cheese soup.  Then it's time to try new things. As winter drags on, we like to get creative with meals like buffalo chicken lasagna and brown sugar Dijon pork.

    When the warmer days start getting sprinkled in, it's nice to lighten things up a bit. But we don't want to give up on that warm comforting feeling when those cold days smack us in the face.  So we need something in between.

      This stew fits the bill. It warms you from the inside out and delights your tastebuds with layers of flavor. It tastes like it's been going all day, but uses a few shortcuts to make it possible on a weeknight.

       This stew is great made with a rotisserie chicken from the store. It's also great with leftover roast chicken or turkey. Next time you roast a chicken, make two! You can remove the meat off the second, chop and freeze it for dinners like this!

      Plus then you'll have plenty of stock making goodies.  I love making and freezing stock as well. I usually put the carcass and vegetable trimmings in a big pot and let it do its thing. I like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help the good stuff leach out. After it's strained and cooled it's flavorful and almost gelatinous.

      I just put it in glass jars and freeze it until I need it. Once the freezer starts getting low I make sure a roast turkey or chicken gets in the menu ASAP.  Of course the stuff in a carton works too.  Do you make your own stock? Do you have any tricks to making it extra good?

      Back to the stew. I made it to go along with the Celtic knot rolls. It just seemed like stew was a necessary accompaniment to them. I wasn't sure what my husband would think though as he's not a soup fan.

     He quietly ate two helpings the night I made it. No grumbles, but he also wasn't singing its praises. Then a couple of days later we had a leftover night to clean out the fridge. He immediately claimed the leftover stew over everything else! So he definitely liked it in spite of himself!

     If you don't do wine, you can certainly leave it out.  However I highly recommend putting it in. It adds such a depth of flavor and really takes this to the next level.

     What are your favorite meals for this time of year?

Yield: 8 servings

Shortcut Chicken Stew

This chicken stew is made quickly with rotisserie or leftover chicken, but that does not make it short on flavor. This shortcut chicken stew is hearty, flavorful and oh so good!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2-3 cups carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, in 3/4 inch dice
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 cups good chicken stock
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • optional: fresh herbs and/or rolls for serving


  1. In a large pot, warm the butter and olive oil over medium heat.   Add the onions, carrots and potatoes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook until the onions are translucent and soft.  Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring frequently for a couple of minutes. 
  2. Pour in the white wine, stirring to scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. 
  3. Add the chicken stock, garlic and thyme, and bring just to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked. 
  4. Stir in the chicken and simmer for about another 5 minutes or until warmed through. 
  5. Adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Sprinkle with fresh herbs if desired. Serve with crusty bread or fresh rolls. 


*If you don't have any precooked chicken on hand, you can brown some chicken in the oil before you sweat the vegetables. Remove the chicken from the pan while you get the vegetables started and cook down the flour.  Return the chicken with the stock and simmer until it is cooked through.  Chop and return to the stew.
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  1. I love a good chicken stew/soup of any kind. I too put wine in my stew and it is always a hit so I must try this and I was still thinking about how cool your Celtic knots are!!

    1. The wine really makes all of the difference, don't you think? Thank you!

  2. Love chicken stew!

  3. Great Chicken Stew! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great St. Patrick's Day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thanks so much for posting this on Friday Frenzy, Carlee! I'm planning on using it as a feature for this week. <3 P~

  5. YES! I love a quick stew or soup recipe--so perfect for chilly days. Pinned it.

  6. How much flour do you generally use, please. It is not listed in the ingredients. Thanks.

    1. I am so sorry I missed that in the recipe card, it's fixed now. I used 3 Tablespoons.

  7. The in between meals are a must right now, and this fits the bill perfectly!
    I do often make turkey stock, but rarely take the time for chicken stock. Strange now that I think of it. But, for the turkey stock, I roast the carcass first!

  8. Love me a good stew! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED :)

  9. Looks like a wonderful soup. We've all been sick at our house and eating lots of soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  10. This is my kind of soup- I love this comfort food for any time of day- going to make this soon!

  11. Hi Carlee, your weather sounds abit like ours, one day it's warm(ish) and the next it's miserable again. I do love a nice chicken casserole, but I don't get the bones for stock, I cook them down for the dogs which they love me for.



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