Easy Crockpot Chicken Stew Recipe (Low Carb, Keto) - Thick and creamy low carb, keto chicken stew made right in the crockpot! This is truly a dump and allow your crockpot to all of the work for you recipe! The perfect healthy comfort food packed with flavor.
So the other day I put my big girl pants on and took a nose dive into low carb and keto recipe developing. It took me some time to get used to all of the appropriate thickeners - xanthan gum, how you should add them and how much you should add to them. I will have to say, it's a lot different than thickening with all-purpose flour or cornstarch.
Once I nailed that I put on my extra-big girl pants on and started tackling, even more, recipes without an oven, of course. So the thing with our oven, it's completely gas and hasn't been working for a month or more.
It's been hard not to be able to use it, hello to the best butter and garlic chicken wings ever! Ugh. So the hubby is hard at working trying to fix it, but seriously I NEEDED an oven like yesterday. Sorry about the little rant about the oven.
Just starting out on the keto diet, read how I survived my first week of keto (low carb ketosis)!
So this crockpot chicken stew is very easy. It's a dump and allow your crockpot to all of the work for you. No need to saute the diced chicken thighs or onions. I added everything into the crockpot, even the raw chicken thighs. When the chicken thighs are cooking in the stock, it creates even more of a chicken flavor. Excellent way to add extra chicken flavor if you are using store-bought chicken stock.
There are also three different ways for the chicken stock - homemade, unsalted store-bought chicken stock, or . See the recipe notes on how to use each.
No matter what kind of chicken stock you are using, I highly recommend using Morton Lite salt for seasoning. Adding extra salt keeps with the retaining of water and LEG CRAMPS. Gosh..I hate you leg cramps.
Easy Crockpot Chicken Stew Recipe (Low Carb, Keto) – Thick and creamy low carb, keto chicken stew made right in the crockpot! This is truly a dump and allow your crockpot to all of the work for you recipe! The perfect healthy comfort food packed with flavor.
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- ½ onion, diced
- 28 oz skinless and deboned chicken thighs diced into 1" pieces
- 1 1 spring fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 3 garic cloves, minced
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- ½ cup heavy cream
- salt and pepper, to taste
- xantham gum, to desired thickness starting at ⅛ teaspoon
Place the chicken stock, carrots, celery, onion, chicken thighs, rosemary, garlic, thyme, and oregano into a 3-quart crockpot or larger. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.
Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Stir in spinach and the heavy cream.
Sprinkle and thicken with xantham gum to desired thickness starting at ⅛th teaspoon. Continue to whisk until mix and cook for another 10 minutes.
Nutrition estimated is based upon the brands I used. Yours may vary depending on brands.
When do you add the cream? After the 2 hours cooking or at the beginning?
Nadia - I just updated the recipe. You should add it in after the spinach.
This was confusing when to add the heavy cream 🙁
It the recipe it states to add the heavy cream and spinach after you season with salt and pepper - step #3, Tiffany.
Do you add the spinach in before or after the cook time? You have it listed twice.
I just updated the recipe, Becky. Thank you for letting me know!
Lisa Killen says
Looks great! Can't wait to try it this weekend!
My family loves this chicken stew. I've made it twice. And it came out perfectly both times. We even have enough for leftovers to take to work for lunch. Thanks for sharing and keep the recipes coming!
I made this the other night there...it was so tasty....definitely make it again.....thanks..x
Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
Can this be made in an instant pot?
I do not have a lot of experience using an Instant Pot, but I will be testing it soon!
Yes! I used the stew button. You can also pressure cook it for 35 minutes. Once you add the cream and spinach switch it to crock pot for 10 minutes. Came out perfectly!
yes I add the Pink Himalayan salt vs the salted broth, .....more minerals so hopefully a little healthier.
Delicious! Loved it.
So glad you enjoyed it! <3
Would it be terrible without the thickener?
It wouldn't be terrible, Tiffanie, but it wouldn't be as thick.
Emily L says
Loved it! Thank you!
Sparrow Ivy says
Wonderful recipe. Thank you. Didn't have the gum so it's more a soup but hey, taste's fantastic.
Excellent recipe! Everyone in my family liked it (picky kids age 9-14 and hubby). We had this for lunch and it was perfect. I actually followed the ingredients exactly...I am trying that these days, haha. The spinach is such a small amount that the kids didn't complain. Note: It would need a few side dishes if used for dinner.
This was so good that now I am going to try making a freezer meal by freezing the raw ingredients...before spinach, cream and xantham gum, those would just need to be "day of" additions. This way I can prepare several dinners at one time. I think it will do well! Thank you for this great recipe!
My very picky 5 year old had three servings. Thank you so much so posting.
Oh, just read the blog and saw it is raw. Thanks!
Made this tonight for supper...it was amazing...added some fresh mushrooms, sour cream and fresh parsley....it was really good...also thickened it with a bit of corn starch....
Made this tonight to usher in fall! I tweaked by making it on the stovetop. It is so good! I added cream cheese...just because lol. I also used frozen spinach. Maybe next time I won’t wait until last minute and actually use the crock pot. Thanks for the recipe!
Amending review to add more stars!
Stefanie Zucco says
Hubby made this tonight, so delicious! Is the 507 calories per serving?
Glad you enjoyed it, Stefanie, and yes!
What is considered a serving size?
The chopping of the veggies and meat takes me awhile but the end result is worth it! 🙂