Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

Today I have a very special guest joining us. Her name is Jeanette and her web site is Jeanette’s Healthy Living. She’s a fabulous food blogger and many of her recipes are clean. I’m very happy to have her here today.

Hi everyone! I’m Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living. I’m so excited to be a guest on Tiffany’s blog because I love her clean eating approach. As a mom of four boys, feeding my family and teaching them to make healthier choices has become a big part of my life.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

By cooking real food for my kids, using whole ingredients, without artificial flavors and preservatives, I’ve been cleaning up our family’s diet one bite at a time over the years, swapping healthy, whole ingredients, for processed ones, and adapting recipes to make them gluten-free for my son who has some food intolerances.

As part of our journey to healthier eating, I introduced my family to a wider variety of fresh produce by joining a CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture”) and shopping at the local farmer’s market. They got to taste and appreciate what real food is supposed to taste like.

In addition, I learned how to cook different types of cuisine, including Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, Cajun, Indian and Jamaican dishes. I found the more flavors and spices my kids were exposed to, the more adventurous they became and the more willing they were to try new foods. So, I mix things up throughout the week to try to keep mealtime exciting. I love it when my kids ask “What’s for dinner?”

Sometimes you might find me sneaking healthy ingredients like whole grains and vegetables into my recipes to make sure my kids are getting the biggest bang for the buck in their meals.

This Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew is a meal I made recently on a Sunday afternoon while my family watched football and I tried to catch up on household chores and run a few errands. It’s a no-fuss meal, packed with vegetables that makes a big batch so you can freeze some or repurpose the leftovers in a variety of ways (something I’ve gotten very good at lately). Served with a green salad and steamed brown rice or quinoa, it makes a cozy fall meal.


Freeze extras or use leftovers to stuff baked sweet potatoes, tacos or quesadillas. Save the flavorful sauce and cook beans in it for another meal.

Also, if you are having trouble finding clean Cajun seasoning in your area, Jeanette recommends using this recipe from the Food Network.

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Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

This delicious stew could be the answer to, “what’s for dinner?”
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 274kcal


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 6 medium garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 (6 oz.) can organic tomato paste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • fresh chopped parsley and scallions (for garnish)
  • hot sauce (optional)


  • Heat oil in a large skillet and add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté on medium heat 5-7 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste and mix into vegetables; cook 2 minutes.
  • Spoon vegetables into slow cooker.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, Cajun seasoning, pepper, bay leaves and thyme.
  • Stir ingredients together to mix well.
  • Submerge chicken thighs in sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 34.3mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.8mg

Thanks so much for having me Tiffany! Hope you all will stop by Jeanette’s Healthy Living and take a look at my Recipe index for more ideas. I also have a Special Diet Recipe Index if you’re looking for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, or are cooking for someone on a soft food diet. You can also join in on the conversation on Facebook Pinterest Twitter Instagram and Google +, or sign up for my weekly newsletter.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

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  1. Shashi at runninsrilankan says:

    Tiffany I came here from Jeanette’s blog – I too am a single mom and am a huge fan of putting healthy food on my table too!
    Jeanette – your slow cooker creole chicken has my mouth watering – it looks fall-of-the-bone-tender!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sashi – Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! Her recipe is definitely an amazing one!! I hope you enjoy it. 😀

  2. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    Hi Shashi – so fun to see you here on Tiffany’s blog! So glad you popped over here – Tiffany has a wealth of easy clean eating recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeanette – Thanks so much! 🙂

  3. Debbie Montique says:

    This looks like dinner tonight!!! I follow the Weight Watcher plan, so I’m unsure about serving size for this one. Do you know the approximate serving size? I see that it yields 8 servings, but not sure about the serving size 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debbie – I’m not sure. You would have to click through to Jeanettes blog or social media page and ask her. She didn’t mention it specifically.

  4. Debbie Montique says:

    Ok, I’ll have a look. Thanks!!!

  5. This recipe looked delicious so I made it yesterday. It was easy but I thought it was a little bland. However, I put Tessemae’s hot sauce on the chicken and it was delicious! Next time I will add the hot sauce to the slow cooker towards the end of the cooking time. The sauce was delicious with corn bread as well. For a second meal, I shredded the chicken and threw it on top of salad greens with tomatoes, black beans, corn and a cilantro dressing (and more hot sauce) and that was fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maritza – Glad it worked out for you! 🙂

  6. The chicken thighs should be raw when you put them in, right?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jesse – Yep! 🙂

  7. Made this one for my family (we are doing the 21 day fix). Fits that plan nicely and was very easy to prepare. We are from Louisiana and I can attest to this one has an authentic creole taste.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Darren – Fantastic! So happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  8. only 4 hours on low? Other chicken crock pot recipes I have tried have been at least 6 hours on low.. I am making thins today.. can anyone tell me if they found the cooking time to be accurate?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachael – Every crock pot is different. If yours needs 6 hours, then that’s what you should cook it for. Your best bet is to check with a food thermometer.

  9. Can I substitute Creole seasoning for Cajun seasoning, it seems they would have similar tastes? And it is called “Creole chicken” lol

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebecca – I’m not a southerner, but I don’t see why not. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is magnificent! Make it!