Slow-Cooker Parmesan Chicken Stew Recipe: Your New Favorite Winter Dinner by Ann Marie Patitucci

Slow-Cooker Parmesan Chicken Stew Recipe: Your New Favorite Winter Dinner

I think this slow cooker chicken stew recipe is my new favorite winter meal. It’s creamy, cheesy, filling and perfect for a weeknight. It also allows me to sneak in some vegetables. The kids don’t even realize! I remember my mom cooking meals like this when I was a kid (but that was before the invention of the slow cooker, of course) and now I enjoy making them for my family. There’s nothing better than coming home from work or school and having a warm comfort meal on a cold winter day.

Another thing I love about this chicken recipe is that it can be easily modified to your tastes. For instance, you can easily remove or add vegetables. If your kids hate celery, don’t add any. If you love peas, throw them in! Just keep in mind that some veggies should be added in the beginning (the ones that take a long time to cook) while some are best added at the end (such as frozen peas).

Also, if you’re short on time, you can use pre-cooked (refrigerated, not frozen) chicken strips or pieces from a fresh rotisserie chicken. When serving, you can top each bowl with more Parmesan cheese, which is a must at my house. We’re also bread lovers, so we must serve this with bread for “dunking,” too!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours and 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound petite, baby or new potatoes, quartered
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Add potatoes, chicken, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and broth to your 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender.
  2. Raise slow cooker to high. Stir together cream and cornstarch and then stir into slow cooker. Add Parmesan cheese and stir. Cover and cook another 30 to 60 minutes or until thickened slightly. 

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