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CrockPot Chicken and Vegetable Stew

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CrockPot Chicken and Vegetable Stew CrockPot Chicken and Vegetable Stew

One of my husband's good friends says, "that everything cooked in a crockpot" tastes the same.  I have to disagree with him!  In the last 3 years I have made a concerted effort to cultivate a variety of crockpot recipes including stews, soups, French dips, Asian stir frys and Italian one pot meals.  My crockpot is my best friend.  I love when I prep a crockpot meal the night before I plan on serving it.  I wake up the next morning, turn on the crockpot and honestly feel lighter.  I don't have that heavy feeling weighing me down all day because I know dinner is cooking while I am out working, carpooling kids, cleaning and volunteering.  This stew is packed with vegetables, herbs, chicken and barley.  It truly is a one pot meal.  My kids love it with a dollop of sour cream and my husband enjoys dipping a fresh baguette in his bowl of stew.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • .75 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound new potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

 

Directions:

  1. In your crockpot add the broth, water and all of the spices.  Stir this mixture.
  2. Add the chicken, barley, onion, potatoes and carrots.  
  3. DO NOT STIR.
  4. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  5. Serve with optional sour cream and/or a fresh baguette.

 

Tips:

  1. I keep Litehouse bottled fresh herbs in my fridge.  They taste just as good and last for months in your fridge.
  2. I always use new potatoes in this recipe.  The skin stays on new potatoes when they are cooked in a stew for a long time.  And, we all know the nutrition is in the skin of the potato.
  3. This recipe could be a great challenge recipe if you are in the process of challenging FODMAPS in your diet.  For more information on FODMAPS link to: FODMAPS, A Closer Look.
  4. I prep this stew the night before and put the inner pot of the crockpot in my fridge.  This makes my morning so easy.  I just have to pull the pot out of the fridge, stick in in the crockpot, and turn it on!
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