Um, it’s been cold. Really bad, snowy, icy, power outages, school-closed-for-4-days COLD. But I probably don’t have to tell you that. Most likely, it’s been the same story where you are too (unless you live in California or someplace delightful and sunny, in which case…I hate you.). In fact, as I’m sitting here typing this, cars are slipping and sliding down my icy street. Weather like that can only mean one thing- warm, hearty chicken stew. It’s the easiest stew in the world to make and it requires very few ingredients. This is how my mom always made it and I just love it. In fact, not too long ago I was visiting my parents and my mom served me this stew for lunch- big chunks of potatoes, carrots and tender juicy chicken all simply seasoned with salt and pepper. This is the best kind of cold weather food! All you need is some good crusty bread or cornbread muffins to go with it and you’ve got a hearty, delicious meal!

My Mom’s Chicken Stew

3 bone-in chicken breasts
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
5 or 6 small potatoes (or 2 or 3 medium sized), cut into chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
salt and pepper

Place the chicken in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Boil the chicken for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until very tender.
Remove chicken from pot (save the broth- you’ll use that later!) and let cool. Remove the skin and bones and shred chicken (I like it in pretty large chunks).

Put the pot with the chicken broth back on medium heat and add in the chopped onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes and salt and pepper (depending on how thin you like your stew you can add a little water if needed). Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are just about tender. Add in the potatoes and chicken and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft. Check for seasoning. Serve hot with crusty bread or cornbread muffins. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6 (also makes great leftovers!)

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper’s mom 🙂



  1. hmmm – this has comfort and delicious written all over it


    Comment by Eliana — February 4, 2011 @ 9:12 AM

  2. I love family recipes, they are usually the best ones out there. This looks perfect for the cold snap we have been having.


    Comment by katie — February 4, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

  3. Thank you, Eliana and Katie! 🙂


    Comment by amy — February 4, 2011 @ 10:46 AM

  4. That looks delicious! But I have to say… I’ll need to put off making it because I’m one of those hated people in California, where there’s gorgeous sunshine. <3


    Comment by Alice C. — February 4, 2011 @ 5:25 PM

  5. Alice, I’m sorry, but…..we can’t be friends anymore. You’ve automatically become one of those sunshiny California people I hate. 😉


    Comment by amy — February 4, 2011 @ 5:37 PM

  6. I love the simplicity of this dish. Looks delicious!


    Comment by melissa — February 4, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

  7. I hear you on the icky weather. I’ve got 6 ft tall snow piles outside my window – boo. Your stew looks really warm and comforting, thanks for sharing!


    Comment by Tracey — February 5, 2011 @ 4:30 PM

  8. Crazy winter we’ve had this year, huh? I’ve lived in the Ft Worth area since I was five and I don’t ever remember four snow days in a row. Wow! I can’t wait to try this stew, it looks perfect for a cold day!


    Comment by Amy Brown — February 5, 2011 @ 4:32 PM

  9. This Sing For Your Supper Mom is very proud! Looks delicious!


    Comment by Mother — February 5, 2011 @ 8:32 PM

  10. Mom recipes are the best!!!


    Comment by delishliving — February 6, 2011 @ 9:43 PM

  11. This looks so simple and delicious!

    By the way, I LOVE your dishes. If you don’t mind me asking, what is the brand?


    Comment by Victoria — July 1, 2012 @ 7:08 PM

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