One-Pot Chicken Stew with Rice
A delicious recipe for chicken stew served over rice. This stew recipe only uses one pot, lots of veggies, and cooks in less than 40 minutes.
Some days just call for a good comfort meal. Whether the weather stinks, work sucked or you feel a little sick, chicken stew is the perfect meal. My family’s go-to chicken stew consists of sweet potatoes, celery, white onion, garlic, Italian sausage, and, of course, Farmer Focus organic chicken. Serve the stew over rice or with a side of crusty bread for a simple, delicious dinner.
How to Cook Chicken Stew
Chicken stew is full of flavor, like chicken chili or chicken soup, but it takes less time to prepare. Plus, this recipe calls for only one pot, so clean-up is a breeze. Start by searing several chicken breasts (or thighs) on medium-high heat. Spice the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point, only slightly browned on the outside. Searing the chicken before adding the rest of the ingredients brings out more flavor and adds depth to the dish. After searing the chicken, add ground Italian sausage to the pot. Brown the sausage, but it does not need to be fully cooked at this point.
Add a cup of water to the pot and stir. Then, add two cups of chopped celery, half a white onion, a tablespoon of garlic, and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes should be chopped into small chunks. The larger the potato chunks, the longer the chicken stew will need to cook. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Shred the chicken into large chunks inside of the pot. Serve this chicken stew over a bed of white rice. It’s also delicious with a bit of crusty bread on the side to soak up the extra juices!
Cooking Chicken Thoroughly
Cooking meat, especially chicken, intimidates a lot of people. Many people worry that the chicken is either overdone or simply not cooked enough. Erase all of those worries and frustrations by investing in a decent meat thermometer. We have this meat thermometer. All cooked chicken should register an internal temperature of 165 degrees Farenheit. Below 165 degrees means the chicken is not fully cooked. Too far over 165 and the chicken will be tough and overly chewy. A meat thermometer prevents cooking headaches and keeps the food delicious!
Farmer Focus Chicken
Whether I’m cooking chicken stew, burrito bowls, or a sheet pan meal, I use quality chicken products. My family switched to organic chicken in 2016 and we haven’t looked back. We started buying organic meats when our oldest daughter started eating solid foods. We wanted her to have the healthiest options we could provide. But after switching, we also noticed that organic chicken tasted superior. The meat is more tender and full of flavor.
The brand we cook with most often is Farmer Focus. Farmer Focus produces organic, free-range, and certified humane chicken. In fact, all Farmer Focus chicken products can be traced back to the farm where the chicken was raised. Every package has a 4 digit Farmer Focus Farm ID number. Enter this ID on the Farmer Focus website and learn where and who raised the chicken you purchased. Farmer Focus farms are scattered throughout the Shenandoah Valley and run by families.
Their products are sold at Kroger, The Fresh Market, Publix, Lidl, and Harris Teeter. Their products include chicken breasts, thighs, legs, whole chickens, and even party wings!
Next time the weather is dark and gloomy, or you just need a hearty meal, pick up some Farmer Focus organic chicken breasts and make this stew! It’s filling and delicious. Plus, it’s easy and requires very little cleanup! All the best qualities for a healthy, home-cooked family meal.
This post was a paid collaboration with Farmer Focus. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One-Pot Chicken Stew with Rice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1.5 lbs organic chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 1 cup white onion diced
- 2 cups celery chopped
- 4 cups sweet potatoes cubed
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups white rice cooked separately
- Sear chicken breasts (or thighs) on medium-high heat in tablespoon of olive oil
- Season chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano
- Add ground Italian sausage and brown
- Add 1 cup of water
- Add chopped celery, white onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes
- Cover and reduce heat to medium-low
- Simmer for 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender
- Shred chicken into large chunks inside pot
- Add lemon juice
- Serve over white rice or with a side of bread