Chicken Stew: A Simple, Healthy One-Pot Meal

One-pot meals are perfect for the busy holiday season. And this healthy chicken stew recipe provides nourishing yumminess even while eating on the run. And that’s no easy task!

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Healthy Chicken Stew Recipe

I’ve been making some version of this stew since my children were very young. It’s become a tradition for Halloween night. I’d have it simmering on the stove  during our neighborhood parade, so when we came home, both girls could gobble a nourishing bowl before heading out to collect a ridiculous abundance of candy. They had no idea that I was sneaking in protein, fiber, vegetables, legumes and more in a tummy-warming bowl of goodness. It was a quick and easy way to get dinner into their bellies before they could fill it with chocolate and colorful candies. Since this stew can simmer on the stove for a long time, everyone in the family could get a meal on their own schedules.

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Even though my girls are long past trick-or-treat age, I still make this healthy chicken stew recipe on Halloween night. I love a tradition, don’t you? It cooks up a giant pot, so I get to enjoy a comforting bowl for a few lunches too.

My carb-counting clients with diabetes can enjoy a hefty 1 1/2 cup serving for only 20 grams of carbohydrate.

Healthy Chicken Stew Recipe in Bowl

A healthy one-pot meal for eating on the go

Healthy Chicken Stew

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Course: Healthy One-Pot Meal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 2 pounds chicken breast, skinless, boneless
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 28 ounces petite diced canned tomatoes, no salt added, undrained
  • 16 ounces frozen lima beans
  • 1 can (14-ounces) corn, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha or other hot sauce


  • Combine the first 4 ingredients (chicken through bay leaf) in a large Dutch oven or pot. Bring the contents to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked though, about 20 minutes.
  • Place the cooked chicken on a plate and allow it to cool briefly. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it and return it to the pot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for at least one hour.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.


Serving: 1.5 cups | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 435mg | Fiber: 5g

This Turkey Taco Soup and my Curried Chicken and Chickpea Stew are a couple more options for busy nights.

Cheers to happy, healthy eating – even on the busiest of nights!

Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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  1. Suzie on May 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Hi there, this recipes sounds delicious. Do you think I could make this in bulk and freeze it? How would you go about defrosting it?

    • Jill Weisenberger on May 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Yes, you can! I portion it into individual containers or freezer bags and just pull out what I need at the time. I defrost it in the microwave, overnight in the refrigerator, or run it under hot water for a few minutes. Even if it’s still a little frozen, I reheat it on the stove.

  2. Jessica Court on March 15, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Hi, This a rather new twist on an old chicken recipe, and this one is so tasty. The kids loved this dish and really it’s also healthy. Thank you very much for this recipe.

    • Jill Weisenberger on March 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      So glad you and your kids enjoyed it!

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