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This chicken stew is made quickly with rotisserie or leftover chicken, but that does not make it short on flavor. This shortcut chicken stew is hearty, flavorful and oh so good!

pot filled with easy chicken stew loaded with chunks of carrots and potatoes.

This chicken stew is super flavorful! You can use leftover or rotisserie chicken or make chicken just for this.  All of the textures and tastes go so well together.

This stew will warm you from the inside out. It will fill you up and leave a smile on your face.

In our neck of the woods the weather this time of year can give you whiplash. One day it’s sunny and springy, the next day you’re layered up and trying to prevent frostbite. 

We went on a nice long walk on Sunday only to not be able to feel our fingers on Monday.

So we still are searching for warm and comforting meals.  When winter starts it’s fun to break out old favorites like baked ziti, grandma’s chicken broccoli casserole and cheese soup.

Then it’s time to try new things. As winter drags on, we like to get creative with meals like buffalo chicken lasagna and brown sugar Dijon pork.

When the warmer days start getting sprinkled in, it’s nice to lighten things up a bit. But we don’t want to give up on that warm comforting feeling when those cold days smack us in the face. 

So we need something in between.

bowl of chunky chicken stew with potatoes, carrots and leftover chicken.

This stew fits the bill. It warms you from the inside out and delights your taste buds with layers of flavor.

It tastes like it’s been going all day, but uses a few shortcuts to make it possible on a weeknight.

This stew is great made with a rotisserie chicken from the store. It’s also great with leftover chicken or turkey.

Next time you roast a chicken, make two! You can remove the meat off the second, chop and freeze it for dinners like this.

Red dutch oven filled with shortcut chicken stew with potatoes and carrots ready to eat.

Plus then you’ll have plenty of stock making goodies.  I love making and freezing stock as well.

I usually put the carcass and vegetable trimmings in a big pot and let it do its thing.

I like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help the good stuff leach out. After it’s strained and cooled it’s flavorful and almost gelatinous.

I just put it in glass jars and freeze it until I need it. Once the freezer starts getting low I make sure a roast turkey or chicken gets in the menu ASAP.

Of course the stuff in a carton works too.  Do you make your own stock? Do you have any tricks to making it extra good?

dipping celtic knot roll into bowl of easy chicken stew.

Back to the stew. I made it to go along with the Celtic knot rolls.

It just seemed like stew was a necessary accompaniment to them. I wasn’t sure what my husband would think though as he’s not a soup fan.

He quietly ate two helpings the night I made it. No grumbles, but he also wasn’t singing its praises.

Then a couple of days later we had a leftover night to clean out the fridge. He immediately claimed the leftover stew over everything else.

So he definitely liked it in spite of himself!

If you don’t do wine, you can certainly leave it out.  However I highly recommend putting it in. It adds such a depth of flavor and really takes this to the next level.

What are your favorite dinner recipes for this time of year?

pot filled with easy chicken stew loaded with chunks of carrots and potatoes.

Shortcut Chicken Stew

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
This chicken stew is made quickly with rotisserie or leftover chicken, but that does not make it short on flavor. This shortcut chicken stew is hearty, flavorful and oh so good!
4.45 from 18 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups carrots sliced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 medium potatoes in 3/4 inch dice
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 cups good chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • optional: fresh herbs and/or rolls for serving


  • In a large pot, warm the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and potatoes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent and soft.
    1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 Tablespoon butter, 3 cups carrots, 1 onion, 3 medium potatoes
  • Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring frequently for a couple of minutes.
    3 Tablespoons flour
  • Pour in the white wine, stirring to scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
    1 cup white wine
  • Add the chicken stock, garlic, paprika, and thyme, and bring just to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
    5 cups good chicken stock, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon thyme, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Stir in the chicken and simmer for about another 5 minutes or until warmed through.
    3 cups cooked chicken
  • Adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Sprinkle with fresh herbs if desired. Serve with crusty bread or fresh rolls.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 19gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 323mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 20th of February 2019

It is for sure chicken soup weather at my house!! Keep healthy and keep warm!;)


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

It is here too! tHank you!


Tuesday 20th of March 2018

Hi Carlee, your weather sounds abit like ours, one day it's warm(ish) and the next it's miserable again. I do love a nice chicken casserole, but I don't get the bones for stock, I cook them down for the dogs which they love me for.



Tuesday 26th of February 2019

We have been having that back and forth kind of weather too. I am sure the dogs to enjoy the bones every bit as much as you'd enjoy the stock!


Monday 19th of March 2018

This is my kind of soup- I love this comfort food for any time of day- going to make this soon!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thank you!


Sunday 18th of March 2018

Looks like a wonderful soup. We've all been sick at our house and eating lots of soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned.


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

This will definitely help brighten your spirits and make your feel better <3


Thursday 15th of March 2018

Love me a good stew! PINNED :)


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thank you!