Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew + Video

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew is bound to be your new favorite winter comfort food! It’s hearty, creamy, cheesy and loaded with vegetables! The crockpot makes it an easy weeknight meal.

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You guys.

I love hearty, creamy, winter comfort food. I can’t get enough.

I’ll eat soup and stew all year round, but there is just something so perfectly cozy about a big bowl of stew on a cold day. Especially one that cooks itself in the crockpot when you’re out in the cold!

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If you love a cozy crockpot full of soup, stew, or stoup as much as I do, you’ll also love this Crockpot Potato Soup, this Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup and this Spinach Tortellini Soup.

Ingredients and substitutions for this Chicken Stew:

  • Chicken breasts: we always have a big stash of chicken breasts in the freezer so that’s what I use in most of my soups and stews. You can swap these for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or even precooked, chopped chicken if you have some on hand (maybe you made a big batch of this Crockpot Shredded Chicken?)
  • Vegetables: I stuck with classic vegetables in this stew, but you can leave some out if your family doesn’t enjoy them, or add in extra! The only thing you need to keep in mind is that some are best added at the beginning (the ones that take a long time to cook) and some are best added at the end, like green beans, frozen vegetables, chopped spinach or kale.
  • Seasoning: I kept my seasoning simple, but you can always scan your spice drawer for something that inspires you. Just keep your herbs and spices to things that go well with that tangy, salty Parmesan flavor.
  • Cream: Heavy cream will give you the thickest stew and richest flavor, but you can swap this out for any cream you have on hand (it will just be a little thinner, and not quite as rich). One of my favorite swaps for heavy cream in soups is evaporated milk, because I can stash a few cans in the cupboard and it is still thick and creamy.
  • Parmesan: If you’re concerned about the flavor of the Parmesan in this stew (first, who are you?!? Kidding 😉 ), start by adding a little, or leave it out of the stew and add it to each bowl individually. We love the flavor, but everyone has their preferences!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew

4.74 from 118 votes
This Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew is bound to be your new favorite winter comfort food! It’s hearty, creamy, cheesy and loaded with vegetables! The crockpot makes it an easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 4 servings
Calories 420cal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Little Potatoes (quartered)
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Add potatoes, chicken, celery, onion, carrots, garlic, salt, parsley, thyme, pepper, and broth to a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender (this could take up to 6 hours depending on the temperature of your slow cooker — cutting them smaller will speed up cooking time).
  • Set slow cooker to high. Stir together cream and corn starch and stir into slow cooker, along with Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook another 30-60 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  • Serve immediately with crusty bread for dipping (the best way!).

Notes

*I have cooked this stew on the stove top and it works just as well! If you’re in a hurry, simmer everything except cream, corn starch and Parmesan in a large pot until potatoes are tender. Combine cream and corn starch and stir into the pot with the Parmesan, continue cooking until thickened.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 420cal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 1135mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8382IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Jen says

    I’d like to make this with cauliflower, instead of potatoes. Should I put the cauliflower in at the beginning of the cook time, just like I would with potatoes? Thanks!

  2. Sarah says

    Hey Recipe Rebel,

    Can I use an instant Pot to cook? If I can what are the steps?
    For step 2: is it just high pressure for 20mins?
    For step 3: would I just saute for a number of mins?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Yes, you would follow much the same steps and add the cream, corn starch and Parmesan at the end after pressure cooking. If you cut the chicken into small pieces, 3 minutes at high pressure will be sufficient, then saute with the cream until slighly thickened.

  3. Elizabeth says

    I accidentally added the cream before starting the crockpot, I will hold off on the cornstarch till the end. Cooking it on low I hope it turns out okay.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Elizabeth! As long as you used heavy cream it will be fine 🙂 High fat dairy shouldn’t curdle as it cooks, and you can actually even stir in the corn starch before cooking if you want it a little thicker.

    • Kortnee says

      This recipe is extremely bland if left as-is. The lack of seasoning makes it taste like milk. By doubling the amount of parsley (at least) as well as the black pepper and adding some red pepper flakes, it wasn’t terrible and I’d probably make it again. I also only used 2 large chicken breasts instead of 3 due to the lack of liquid in this recipe.

      In other words, unless you have no sense of taste and enjoy eating bland food, ADD SEASONING!

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the recipe, Kortnee. We all have different taste, so I understand that it can be a hit for some and not others.

  4. Rebecca says

    Hi
    Can I just confirm that this is done with raw chicken?
    Fhe slow cooker I own has 3 settings, low medium and high. At which setting would I be best setting the cooker for the 4 hours please?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      That is interesting — I’ve never heard of a medium setting! I would probably use medium just to be safe, unless you want to leave it on low and potentially let it go longer. It is done with raw chicken.

  5. Lena says

    Question I go to school at 8:30 am and I wanted to make this but when is cook in low can I add everything to it in the morning so my babysitter wont have to?

  6. Ashley says

    So instant pot is 8 minutes high pressure manual release with chunky veggies and golden potatoes. We used frozen thin cut chicken thrown on top of everything and cut it up at the end. Also subbed in dairy free heavy cream due to a dairy allergy and it works great

  7. Ashley says

    We love it. Made crockpot style and used dairy free heavy whipping cream and fake Parm for a yummy meal everyone could eat. We are trying the instant pot tonight so I will keep you posted

  8. Grace says

    I was just wondering what the serving size is for the 420 calories? I tried to find it but couldn’t locate it

  9. Jessica says

    Loved it! Thank you! The Recipe was delicious <3 I added mushrooms because we had them and it was really good! 🙂

  10. Andrea says

    Probably a dumb questions but is there a way to make this somehow so it takes longer to cook? lol
    Would love to have this cooking while I’m at work all day

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I don’t think this would be too bad left to cook throughout the day! I would just cut your chicken and vegetables into larger pieces and then they will require a longer cook time.

  11. Courtney says

    This was delicious! Added corn, but everything else was exact to recipe. It was easy and amazing! Whole family devoured!

  12. GlobalGal724@gmail.com says

    2/21/21 – This was good, followed recipe as written through step 2 on first day, finished steps 3 and 4 the second day. Was healthy and thick with veggies & meat but the cream sauce never did thicken. The flavor was good but lacked something … maybe more garlic or salt/pepper. Easy and good but not great.

  13. Judy says

    This is more of a soup than a stew. It did not thicken up even after an hour of cooking and then adding additional cornstarch mixture. I thought it was good but I did not taste the parmesan and I added double what it called for. It was easy to make and was a new recipe to try but will make a few changes if I make it again.

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