Let’s take a look at crockpot chicken thighs used in a simply easy chicken stew.
You are going to need:
Frozen chicken thighs boneless and skinless
Salt and Pepper
Bags of stew or “Caldo” vegetables (2 large)
To start, you are going to be using much of the same recipe as our basic slow-cooker chicken thighs.
Clean up your large crock pot, plug it in and set it on high. Dump your chicken thighs in the insert of the slow-cooker. We use generous amounts of onion and garlic powders to sprinkle on the frozen chicken. Use black pepper as you wish. While you can use salt, we usually wait until the very end to salt the food. This is up to you.
Here are the frozen chicken pieces in the pot:
Put the top on the chicken and let it cook for about 5 hours. Avoid lifting the top to “check” on your chicken dinner. About halfway through the fiver hours, we open the pot once to stir up and redistribute the meat. Then the top goes back on and stays on.
After 5 hours, you are going to add the stew vegetables. You may have the traditional package of frozen stew vegetables. However, in our stores, they sell what they call a “Caldo” mix. The pieces are larger and contain red potatoes, carrot slices, pearl onions, large cuts of celery and corn still on the cob. Frankly, we think these are better than the ordinary stew vegetables.
Open the top of the cooker and push the meat off to one side. Pour in the stew or Caldo vegetables on the other side. If you have corn-on-the-cob pieces, pull those out and lay them on the top of the rest of the mix. Here’s the picture of how we do it:
Once you have added the vegetables, cover and let cook another 2-3 hours. Time seems to vary based on the vegetables. When you are ready to serve, you can just scoop out the chicken and vegetables. Season to taste and enjoy. The finished product looks like this:
And, when your dog comes into the kitchen and wants to know where her portion is, the finished product looks like this:
This makes a good meal for when our family members are all coming in to dinner at different times. Turn the crockpot to “warm” and just let it all sit as needed. Enjoy your crockpot chicken thighs made into a delicious chicken stew.
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