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Crockpot Chicken Stew – Dinner for Two

This Crockpot chicken stew for two, like many other dishes I prepare, came from the need to use some leftovers. We had barbecued chicken drumstick quarters a few nights ago.

Bowl of chicken stew

Since I hate wasting food, I looked around the fridge and pantry and came up with this recipe.

I actually thought about making my chicken and rice casserole. Since the chicken was already cooked, it wouldn’t take as long in the oven.

However, I wanted to use other items in our fridge, and I wanted to start it early. So I decided to make chicken stew in the slow cooker.

I didn’t have time to hover over the stove for hours because I had other things to do, so slow cooker chicken stew was the answer.

Another dinner for two is this Crockpot sausage and black beans meal that you can also cook in a small slow cooker. That’s one of the reasons I like having different sized Crockpots.

Chicken Stew in the Small Crockpot

Several years ago, I purchased one of the 1-1/2 quart slow cookers to make the house smell good with spices. (Drop a cinnamon stick and some cloves into a Crock Pot of water and turn it on low. It makes the house smell wonderful!)

Anyway, I pulled it out to make a dinner for two. After all, there are just two of us, so why not, right?

Black 2 quart Crockpot

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That to Make Chicken Stew

You can make your chicken (or beef or pork) stew with whatever you have on hand.

In this case, we had a potato, as well as some carrots and celery left from my daughter’s birthday party appetizer platter. Perfect.

Always-Stocked Pantry Items Make Chicken Stew

I always keep chicken broth, cornstarch, and rice on hand, so I knew I could pull something together. Over the years, I’ve watched enough cooking shows that require the chefs to use surprise ingredients.

I think I might be able to give some of them a run for their money. After all, everything in this meal is from stuff we already had—like one of those surprise baskets.

How to Make Crockpot Chicken Stew with Leftovers

Since this is made with leftovers, I’ll show you my recipe. You can substitute any meat for whatever meat you have on hand.

And don’t be afraid to use any vegetables. In this case, I started out with barbecued chicken.

To begin with, I removed the skin that had the most barbecue sauce. Then I cut the chicken away from the bone and chopped it up into bite-size pieces.

Plate of chopped cooked chicken

After that, I sprayed a small 1-1/2 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Next, I put the chicken in the Crockpot.

Spraying nonstick cooking spray in the Crockpot

Following that, I cut up some vegetables and added them to the slow cooker.

Celery, carrots, and potatoes ready to be cut for the Crockpot chicken stew

Next, I poured some chicken broth into a shaker and then added some cornstarch in order to thicken it.

Carton of chicken bone broth and container of cornstarch to thicken the broth for the Crockpot chicken stew

Shake the broth and cornstarch before pouring it into the slow cooker. Or you can use a bowl and a whisk to mix it.

Chicken bone broth and cornstarch in a shaker

Afterward, add your seasoning. I use seasoning salt and an organic seasoning blend from Costco.

Containers of seasoned salt and organic seasoning for the Crockpot chicken stew

Now that you have all the nutritional items and seasonings in the slow cooker, decide whether or not you want it more solid or have a liquid base.

If you want to eat it with a fork, add some rice. Although I added rice, I think I would have liked it just as much with a runnier broth.

Small clear glass bowl of uncooked rice

Delicious Crockpot Chicken Stew for Two

I like to make a couple of meals out of as many things as possible because I hate wastefulness.

After all, throwing food away is like tossing money into the trashcan. For that reason, it’s good to find creative ways to use leftovers.

Bowl of cooked Crockpot chicken stew with vegetables, rice, and broth

This was a delicious meal, but if I had it to do over again, I’d leave out the rice. After all, the cornstarch thickened it enough.

Chicken stew in a small slow cooker

More Wonderful Recipes

If you like to get new recipes, then you’ll love Meal Plan Monday at Southern Bite, Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

More Delicious Recipes for Two

When there are only two of you eating dinner, you most likely don’t want to make a large quantity of food. That’s why I have some recipes when I want to eat well and not have a ton of leftovers.

If you appreciate a one-pan meal like I do, you’ll love this sheet pan sausage and vegetables dinner. Another one I like is this teriyaki chicken and broccoli.

If you want something light and refreshing, you’ll enjoy this Mediterranean salad. And when you’re looking to satisfy a hearty appetite, this homemade bean soup will do the trick. You’ll also enjoy these deliciously southern shrimp and grits!

Yield: 3 servings

Crockpot Chicken Stew for Two

Spoon scooping a bit of chicken stew with vegetables, rice, and broth

This Crockpot chicken stew is the perfect dish for two people. Each person can have a full serving, and there will be some left over for seconds or lunch the next day.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup of chopped chicken
  • 2 cups of chopped vegetables
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup rice (optional)
  • Seasoning salt to taste
  • Organic seasoning to taste


  1. Spray the interior of a 1-1/2 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Put the chopped chicken in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables.
  4. Combine half of the chicken broth with the cornstarch in a blender or shaker. Mix it well and pour over the chicken and vegetables.
  5. Add the seasoning salt and organic seasoning.
  6. If you want a thick stew that you can eat with a fork, add the rice.
  7. Pour the rest of the broth over everything.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.


Serve this delicious Crockpot chicken stew with bread and butter and a glass of sweet tea for a delicious, easy-to-make southern meal.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 221Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 46mgSodium 944mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 5gSugar 5gProtein 16g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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