This easy chicken stew is cooked in the slow cooker with potatoes, corn, onion soup mix, and tomato sauce. It's a simple combination of ingredients.
Like most stews, this one is versatile. Add carrots or other chopped vegetables to the mixture, and use boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in chicken. I prefer chicken thighs because there's no need to separate meat from bones, and no risk of bones in the stew. If you do use bone-in chicken, remove it from the slow cooker before it falls apart. Remove the meat from the bones, chop it, and return it to the slow cooker.
- 3 to 4 chicken legs (quartered, skin removed)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 10 3/4 ounces can condensed cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken
- Optional: kosher salt and black pepper (freshly ground, to taste)
- 3 medium red-skinned, Yukon gold, or round white potatoes (cubed)
- 2 medium onions (peeled and chopped)
- 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
- 1 8 ounces can tomato sauce
- 1 envelope onion soup mix
- If desired, cut each chicken leg quarters into 2 pieces (thigh and leg).
- Mix mushroom soup with water in slow cooker.
- Add chicken pieces, salt, and pepper.
- Cover and cook for 1 hour on HIGH, then add all of the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH. When the chicken is very tender, remove the meat from the bones, chop it, and add it back to the slow cooker.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed.
- Serve the chicken stew hot with crackers, crusty bread, or biscuits.
Tips and Variations
- Use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken legs.
- Add 2 carrots, sliced or diced.
- Add 1/2 cup of sliced celery.
- Add 1 cup of frozen baby lima beans, thawed.
- Add a 14.5-ounce can of tomatoes to the stew.
"This is a really easy and inexpensive meal which can feed an average to a large family. I have converted it to my pressure cooker. Only takes 7 minutes. Either way, the taste is comforting and one of our family favorites. Definitely tastes better than the recipe looks. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed," — Indiana Mom
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