This quick and easy one-pot Chicken Stew is made with chicken, potatoes, and carrots simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth and garnished with fresh herbs. Enjoy with crusty bread for a savory comfort meal!

It is one of our favorite winter dinners along with slow cooker chicken stew and creamy lemon chicken orzo soup.

Chicken stew in a pot with linen and spoon.

Chicken stew is super easy, done in one pot and ready to serve in under an hour. The infused flavours of herbs and spices create a winning taste combination and the red pepper flakes are an added kick! It’s everything you need to get you through cold days.

This is the perfect time of year to stock up on as many warm, healthy, and simple soup and stew recipes as you can get your hands on, like chicken noodle soup and chicken and rice soup!

Cozy up with a hot bowl of this hearty chicken stew, serve with a side salad, and enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Comforting: Soothing herbs and spices with a little heat- there is a reason chicken soup is good for the soul! 
  • Easy: Basic pantry ingredients with minimal effort gets you maximum flavour.
  • One pot stew: Less kitchen mess equals less clean up and more time to be cozy in your PJs. 
  • Delicious: Loads of tender chicken breasts, chunky potatoes, and a flavorful broth make this one of the tastiest stews you’ll ever try!
  • Healthy: Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and antioxidants all while remaining low in sodium.
Chicken stew with potatoes, carrots, parsley and rosemary garnish in white pot.

Ingredients for Chicken Stew Recipe

  • Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts. Cut into cubes.
  • Onion and garlic: Chopped onion and minced garlic.
  • Veggies: Diced carrots, diced celery, cubed potatoes.
  • Oil: Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Herbs and spices: Dried rosemary, oregano, and thyme. Ground cumin, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, salt, and pepper.
  • Broth: Low sodium store-bought or homemade chicken broth.
  • Garnish: Fresh parsley, dill, or green onion. Finely chopped.
Chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, broth, bay leaves, cumin, thyme, oregano, rosemary, pepper, salt, oil, parsley.

How to Make Chicken Stew

  • Prep: Preheat a 6-quart Dutch oven or large pot and add the oil to coat the bottom.
  • Sauté: Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to sauté and stir occasionally.
  • Add: Next, add the chicken, herbs, and spices with exception of the bay leaves. Continue to sauté just until browned a bit, stirring once.
  • Simmer: To the pot, add chicken broth, potatoes, and bay leaves and scrape off any bits off the bottom of the pot. Stir then cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender. Pierce with a fork to check.
  • Garnish: Remove the soup pot from heat, discard bay leaf and add any of your desired garnishes. Taste and if you wish, season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Chicken drumsticks: If bone-in, skin-on chicken is what you prefer you can use it. Brown them on both sides first (no need to cook through), remove them onto a plate and then brown the veggies. Also, cook with potatoes for about 30 minutes.
  • Potatoes: Red potatoes, white potatoes or baby potatoes are great for roasting and soups because they hold their shape better. This is essential especially if you are using bone-in chicken and will be cooking your stew longer. However, russet potatoes will make a more starchy stew and give your soup more body, like in Instant Pot potato soup.
  • Other vegetables: You can also add chopped cauliflower, sliced mushrooms, rutabaga, or okra.
  • Finishers: A squirt of lemon and a sprinkle of parmesan are always a great way to put the finishing touch on a soup or stew.

Tips for Best Results

  • Thicken the stew: If you like thick stew, mash a few potatoes and add them back (works well with russets especially). Or make a slurry of 2 tbsp cold water mixed with 2 tbsp cornstarch.
  • Double the recipe: This stew recipe can be doubled if serving a larger crowd. Just double each ingredient and be sure to use a large pot or Dutch oven that can hold it.
  • Instant Pot: I do have Instant Pot chicken stew recipe. But for something different but just as quick, easy, and delicious try my Instant Pot chicken and potatoes.
  • Slow cooker: Brown veggies and meat as per the recipe, then add remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 4-6. Or try my crockpot chicken stew recipe.
chicken stew in a bowl with fresh parsley garnish

Serving Recommendations

Keep this chicken stew recipe on hand for making a quick and hearty weeknight dinner or a simple comforting meal on a weekend afternoon. Pack the rest away for leftovers and allow the flavors to marry even more the next day!

Serve hot in a small bowl with a basket of bread along with this amazing olive oil bread dip and a nice light lemon kale salad.

Making This Recipe in Advance

Store: This chicken stew will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Freeze: If you do freeze, make sure to use a freezer-friendly glass container or resealable silicone bags. Will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheat: If frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 6 hours. Simmer on low heat for approximately 5-7 minutes.

Recipe Tip

Although freezing a stew containing potatoes is possible, it’s not highly recommended. Potatoes may change the texture and taste over time and might be a disappointment when reheated.


What can I add to stew for flavor?

Other than tender meat and flavourful veggies, most of the flavor in this stew is going to come from the broth and whatever seasonings get added. You can always play around with the amount of seasoning you add or the amount of spice. You can also switch up the seasonings a bit, and add a bit of paprika, lemon pepper, or Italian seasoning.

Is it safe to cook veggies and raw chicken together?

Sure it is. As long as both are fully cooked at the end, they can absolutely be cooked together. In fact, doing so, gives them both added taste.

How do I make chicken stew with dumplings?

Adding yummy fluffy dumplings to your stew is classic! Whether you’re making yours from scratch or using a store-bought mix, drop them in towards the last 15 minutes of cook time. Cover and let them expand and cook through. So good!

Does stewing chicken make it tender?

Cooking chicken at just the right temperature with the right amount of juices involved will usually do a good job of keeping it tender. As long as you don’t overcook (or undercook) the chicken, you will end up with deliciously tender chicken. Stewing it is just one way. Pressure cooking chicken, using a brine, or marinating chicken are other ways.

Why is my stewed chicken tough?

This happens when chicken is overcooked. It becomes tough and rubbery and no longer as pleasant to bite into. Or chew. To combat this, make sure your pieces are uniform in size and thickness so they cook evenly. Otherwise, some pieces may end up overcooked and some undercooked. Use meatier parts of the chicken so they don’t cook too quickly.

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Chicken Stew Recipe

This quick and easy Ukrainian one-pot Chicken Stew is made with chicken, potatoes, and carrots simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth and garnished with fresh herbs. Enjoy with crusty bread for a savory comfort meal!
4.97 from 27 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 379
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • Preheat 6 quart Dutch oven or large pot on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, minced garlic, carrots and celery. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chicken, rosemary, oregano, thyme, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring once.
  • Add chicken broth, potatoes and bay leaves and stir. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Turn off heat, add dill, stir and serve hot. Add grated clove of garlic – yum!



  • Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat portions by simmering in small pot on low heat.
  • Freeze: Technically you can freeze this stew. I am personally not a fan but some people do not mind that potatoes change texture. Freeze in a glass container or resealable silicone bags  for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 6 hours.
  • Chicken drumsticks: You can use chicken parts with bone in and skin on. In this case, brown them on both sides first, remove onto a plate and then proceed browning veggies. Also cook with potatoes for about 30 mins.
  • Potatoes: Red potatoes, white potatoes and baby potatoes will hold their shape better, especially if you are using bone-in chicken pieces and cooking stew longer. However, I love starchy stew russet potatoes make.
  • Slow cooker or Instant Pot: For slow cooker version, brown veggies and meat as per recipe, then add remaining ingredients, cover and cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 4-6. For pressure cooker, try my Instant Pot chicken stew.
  • Double the recipe: Just double each ingredient and be sure to use a large pot or Dutch oven that can hold it.
  • Other vegetables: You can also add chopped cauliflower, sliced mushrooms, rutabaga or okra.
  • Thicken the stew: Mash a few potatoes and add them back (works well with russets especially). Or make a slurry of 2 tbsp cold water mixed with 2 tbsp cornstarch.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 547mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g
Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Beautiful soup I will be doing this recipes always for my family and friends delicious that you for a wonderful stew that all my family love

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Olena! I am sorry I didn’t snap a picture, I work in a group home for Teenage boys, I am always looking for healthy recipes. This Dish was a hit tonight, they LOVED it!!!! I told them I couldn’t take credit for the recipe. I used Liquid Aminos for my broth. I don’t eat meat but I remember how to cook meat , I usually have my husband taste test for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    I love combination of meat, potatoes, broth and bay leaves. It is almost like soup for me. But it is not soup for my kids, so no complaints. Had to make it really fast for early dinner once. Everybody was super happy. Me the most!

  4. 4 stars
    This was very tasty! I loved the tip about mashing up some of the potatoes to thicken it up—worked like a charm. I added a bit more seasoning at the end, just to taste, but it was yummy and made a nice large pot of stew. Plenty leftover for lunch tomorrow and sent some home with my dad too 🙂 Perfect for a nice cool day. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    I think I’ve make this recipe 4 times in my Dutch Oven pot, and each time it’s the best. If you had a restaurant somewhere on Vancouver Island I would take the ferry from Friday Harbor and make a bee-line there.


  6. 5 stars
    Simply delicious…made with chicken breasts …so easy as always everyone loved it! Thank you and best wishes for the holidays…keep safe!

  7. 5 stars
    This was SO flavorful! My whole family loved it and requested I make it again soon. I used frozen chicken breast pieces from Costco and it turned out really well. Thank you for the great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Great stew ! Wonderful flavors ! Made it in the instant pot by following the recipe up to halfway through step 4. Once everything was added I set the pressure for 5 minutes on high pressure with natural release. Went grocery shopping for tomorrow’s freezer cooking marathon & when we came home dinner was waiting for us in the instant pot! Thanks so much for all of the tasty recipes on your site !!!

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