Chicken Cider Stew

Chicken Cider Stew is a colorful fall stew with moist bites of chicken, sweet potatoes and carrots cooked in an apple cider broth. The recipe makes up quickly and lucky thing, tastes good right away. It's a long-time favorite recipe, mine, yes, but also other Kitchen Parade readers. No wonder, it's hot, it's healthy, it's full of flavor. Better still? It's one of those one-pot quick supper recipes we all love so much. Enjoy!

Chicken Cider Stew


REVIEWS
"I absolutely love the Apple Cider Chicken Stew." ~ Amanda
"My husband ... loved it, and so did I!" ~ Kirsten
"I tried this over the weekend and it was excellent!" ~ Jenn
"Apple Cider Chicken Stew is DELISH!" ~ ColoradoCookie


Over the years, I’ve collected several recipes that feature sweet potato, the thick-skinned, orange-fleshed tuber so packed with Vitamins A and C that some nutritionists call them a “super food”.

Especially plentiful during the fall, sweet potatoes carry about a third fewer calories and carbohydrates than white potatoes. Even low-carb diets encourage sweet potatoes when others are a no-no.

If your experience with sweet potatoes is limited to sweet concoctions topped with marshmallow, try these simple recipes and be treated to rich flavor unadulterated by added sugar. I could make a meal out of either one!

MASHED SWEET POTATOES

Cook peeled sweet potatoes in boiling water until soft. Drain the water, then mash until smooth. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Top with a touch of butter.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

Peel sweet potatoes and slice cross-wise about 1/3” thick. Spray or lightly brush both sides with olive oil, then arrange in single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt or parmesan cheese and bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until edges become crispy and centers soft.
ALANNA's TIPS You may substitute 2 cups apple juice for the 2 cups apple cider. But for the needed astringency, near the end of the cooking time, stir in a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar. Chicken breasts are convenient but expensive. For a more frugal dish, choose chicken thighs. The bone-in, skins-on packages are quite inexpensive, I usually remove the skins however.
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RECIPE for
CHICKEN CIDER STEW

Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total preparation time: 50 minutes
Makes 8 cups
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 rib celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups apple cider (see TIPS)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon savory, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Cook bacon until crisp over medium heat in 4-quart kettle. Remove bacon, chop and set aside.

Drain fat from pan, leaving only what coats the surface. Add onions, celery and chicken to the hot kettle and sauté, stirring regularly, until onions are golden and chicken is cooked through. Add carrots, sweet potatoes and apple and let cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add apple cider, water, ketchup, salt, savory, basil and pepper. Let simmer over low-medium heat about 20 minutes until carrots and sweet potatoes are cooked.

Put flour in small dish and slowly add 1/2 cup hot liquid from the stew to make a smooth paste. Stir into hot stew and cook another five minutes. Sprinkle with the cooked bacon.

SERVING SUGGESTION Serve with rice cooked in half water, half apple cider, which adds a sweet, almost nutty flavor to the rice that complements the stew beautifully. That said, this stew is substantial on its own and really doesn't require a starch.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup: 225 Calories; 2g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 29g Carb; 3g Fiber; 629mg Sodium; 51mg Cholesterol; 22g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 4, WW PointsPlus 5

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I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your web page. I absolutely love the Apple Cider Chicken Stew. It's one of my lunch staples.
 
The weather turned to Fall and I got ginormous sweet potatoes in the CSA share, so my thoughts immediately turned to this stew! My husband was deployed when I tried it last year so he got to try it for the first time last night. He loved it, and so did I! The folks are in Turkey, cruising around the Black Sea, so there is a container in my freezer for them when they return (it may thaw as mush, but then we'll call it soup).

I couldn't find savory in the store, so I substituted Herbs de Provence for the herbs.

Yum!
 
I tried this over the weekend and it was excellent! Thank you so much for this recipe. I used Herbs De Provence b/c I couldn't find Savory either and it tasted great!
 
I can't believe it's been 2 yrs since I posted this comment! Every year the weather turns cool, we get sweet potatoes in the farm share, cider appears in the grocery stores, and I crave this stew.

Thanks Alanna! 4th year of Chicken Cider Stew and I'm still going strong.
 
Apple Cider Chicken Stew is DELISH! I thought I had all the ingredients in the pantry- alas, the apple juice/cider was gone. I subbed a tub of apple sauce (1/2 cup)and added more water. The stew was a hit with the family.
 
Is there a substitute herb you can use for savory? Would rosemary work?
 
My goodness, this looks delicous!!! Perfect for a cold winter dinner!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!
 
l x z ~ Thyme, marjoram and sage are the substitutes for savory. Great question, since savory isn't exactly a staple herb.
 
Thanks for the quick response. I've never seen savory in this part of the world (South East Asia) but the others, yes.
 
Excellent recipe and open to experimentation. Went down very well when I served it for lunch today.
 
Do you think this would work cooking it all int he crockpot? :)
 
Melanie ~ Aii, I am such a total crockpot drop-out.

Here’s why: I find that in a slow cooker, flavors and textures get all muddled, everything tastes the same instead of creating bursts of individual flavors in the same bite. For this particular recipe, the cooking time is quite short too, just 25 minutes. So maybe use that stove-top time to set the table, cook some rice, even, you know, pour yourself a glass of wine?

Thanks for asking, it is such a favorite recipe, I really should try it in the crockpot, just to see. :-)
 

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