Feb 202016


This week at I ♥ Cooking Club we’re making any recipe by any of the IHCC chefs that you can eat in a bowl

I decided to make Giada’s One Pot Chicken Stew, and adapted it to suit us, of course.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 stalks celery, cut into bite-size pieces
1 carrot, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1 (14-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 chicken breast with ribs (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
1 (15-ounce) can organic kidney beans, drained (rinsed if not organic)
Crusty bread, for serving


Heat the oil in a heavy 5 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat.

Add the celery, carrot, and onion.

Saute the vegetables until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, basil, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme.

Add the chicken breasts; press to submerge.

Bring the cooking liquid to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently uncovered until the chicken is almost cooked through, turning the chicken breasts over and stirring the mixture occasionally, about 25 minutes.

Using tongs, transfer the chicken breasts to a work surface and cool for 5 minutes.

Discard the bay leaf.

Add the kidney beans to the pot and simmer until the liquid has reduced into a stew consistency, about 10 minutes.

Discard the skin and bones from the chicken breasts.

Shred or cut the chicken into bite- size pieces.

Return the chicken meat to the stew.

Bring the stew just to a simmer.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle the stew into serving bowls and serve with the bread.


So, I changed this recipe up a bit by putting all the ingredients into the slow cooker at the same time (instead of making it on the stove) and setting it on low for 8 hours.


It turned out great and was very good. I couldn’t find any fresh basil at the store, so I used dried. The conversion called for 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons, but that seemed like way too much, so I only used 1 tablespoon.  That was plenty. Next time I’ll make sure I have fresh though, just to compare it.

We ate it with crusty bread and it was really yummy. It was quick and easy too, so I plan on making it again.

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  14 Responses to “Giada’s One Pot Chicken Stew”

  1. It looks yummy. I love one-pot meals, especially ones that you can pop into the slow cooker or pressure cooker. I may add this to my food plan this week. I need some easy slow cooker recipes.

  2. That’s a winner of a dinner! I make a similar one pot using black beans instead of kidney. This version looks great so I want to try it.
    I am ready for the warmer weather though so we can eat more fish. Stews and hot meals have been the staple lately.

  3. Boy does that look good!

  4. Thank you for changing it to a Crock Pot recipe!!! I’m going to make this next weekend. It sounds easy and delicious.

  5. I’ve had mixed results with Giada’s recipes but this one sounds really good and I like that you converted it to a crock pot recipe. 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons definitely sounds like a LOT of basil. I think I’ll stick with 1 tablespoon as well.

  6. One pot meals are the best, and I do want to give this one a try. My basil’s quit on me, and I’ve been trying to find a decent sized plant to bring home.

  7. Slow cookers are wonderful! By now, at the end of a long vacation, I’m looking forward to getting back to cooking. It’s going to be cold, so I’ll be sure to use the slow cooker!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  8. This looks so delicious, Vicki! Thank you for posting this recipe. I may try this soon. 🙂

  9. Nice pot of stew is so appealing and comforting. This looks yummy!

  10. I love that you’ve converted this to a slow cooker recipe. I agree that’s a lot of dried basil and you made the right call. I find dried herbs work better for the slow cooker anyway unless you want to remember to add them near the end.

  11. Giada always has such great homey, comfort food recipes and this stew looks like no exception. Bonus points for adapting it to the slow cooker and making it even easier too. 😉

  12. One pot meals are life savers! 😀

  13. This sounds like a home run. Good, quick, easy and would make again.

  14. This does look yummy! And very comforting. Love that you made it in the slow cooker.

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