Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew

This Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew is a breeze to throw together in the slow cooker and is sure to be a new family favorite on or off round!

Why I love this Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew

This is one of the simplest and most flavorful Whole30 recipes in my repertoire. The flavors are Tuscan inspired and based on a soup recipe a friend of mine used to make (minus the non-Whole30 compliant white beans, wine and cornstarch). Classic Italian ingredients come together to make a beautiful fragrant stew that is beyond comforting.

As a bonus this is truly a set and and forget it slow cooker meal. There’s no searing the chicken or precooking veggies. You literally just combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and 8 hours later… dinner. It really is that simple.

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All you will need is a slow cooker and measuring spoons.


  • Chicken: I highly recommend using chicken thighs here as they have so much flavor but chicken breasts will also work beautifully.
  • Chicken Broth or Bone Broth: Be sure to check you labels to make sure your broth doesn’t have any added sugars or non-compliant ingredients.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: The sweeter the better!
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Potatoes: I like using Yukon Gold potatoes cut into chunks but any type of potato would work.
  • Garlic
  • Bay Leaf
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Dried Thyme
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Arrowroot Powder (optional): This is used to thicken the stew at the end. If you don’t have any you can leave out entirely and the stew will just have a slightly thinner consistency. You can also use Tapioca Powder.
  • Balsamic Vinegar

What is Whole30?

Whole30 is a Paleo-esque, 30 day elimination diet that focuses on replacing processed, inflammatory foods with whole, nutrient dense options. While on Whole30 you avoid eating added sugars, alcohol, grains and gluten, legumes, dairy and harmful added chemicals.

To learn more you can check out the Whole30 website. I also highly recommend checking out the book: It Starts with Food

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Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew

Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew

This Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew is a breeze to throw together in the slow cooker and is sure to be a new family favorite!

Recipe by The Jam Jar Kitchen
4 from 24 votes
Course: Main CourseCuisine: Italian, AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Slow Cook on Low


Slow Cook on High




  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, I recommend thighs but breasts also work

  • 4 cups chicken broth or bone broth

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise

  • 3 carrots, cut into 1 inch slices

  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 1 inch slices

  • 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-2 inch chunks (about 2-3 lb)

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less depending on preferred level of heat)

  • bay leaf

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (optional, used to thicken stew)

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • salt & pepper


  • Combine chicken thighs and next 11 ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker. Stir to combine ingredients.

    Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 5-6 hours.
  • About 15-30 minutes before serving scoop about 1/3rd cup of the cooking liquid into a mug or small mixing bowl. Add in 2 tbsp of arrowroot or tapioca powder and stir to combine until there are no lumps of powder.

    Add 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and then add the contents of the mug or bowl into the slow cooker. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine. Place the lid back on the slow cooker and continue cooking for 15-30 minutes to give the stew a chance to thicken slightly.
  • Turn the heat off and taste for seasoning. Add more salt, pepper and/or balsamic vinegar according to preference. Remove the bay leaf from the bowl.

    Serve and enjoy!


  • This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled to feed a crowd.

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Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew Slow Cooker
Whole30 Italian Chicken Stew slow cooker


  1. Angela Morris

    I love my slow cooker for recipes like this. So tasty!

  2. This chicken stew looks so comforting and tasty! I love everything about this and let the slow cooker does its magic

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