Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Slow Cooker Stew

by lydia on January 16, 2014

Imagine yourself all nestled up on your sofa under a cozy blanket reading your favorite book with a fire crackling nearby. In the kitchen your slow cooker is hard at work for you creating one of the most delightful comfort foods for dinner. Sounds dreamy right? Well, I say; ‘make it happen!

The Story Of How This Recipe Came To Be

I’ve made this creamy chicken and wild rice slow cooker stew umpteen times in the past 8 weeks. No joke! It’s that good! It’s also very economical. An entire batch of this stew only costs about $10-12. I recently served it at a potluck dinner I hosted for my local Weston A. Price chapter group and it was quite a hit (so, to my people, you know who you are, here is the recipe!) It was able to serve 9 people, with leftovers.

The idea for the recipe was actually inspired by a recipe in my most recent cookbook purchase; ‘Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever’(affiliate link).  It was the first recipe (of over 400 recipes mind you), that stuck out to me. I’ve since tweaked it a bit for my own preferences, added more veggies and made a few other minor adjustments.

My teenage son could eat me out of house and home, if not for recipes like this. Lately, I’ve had to make an extra slow cooker meal other than our dinners to have around to keep him satisfied. Twice a week mind you! Did I mention this recipe makes like a gallon of stew? And he eats it all in a couple days, AS A SNACK! Feeding teenage boys is insane! Thank GOD for my cooker and affordable healthy stews like this one!

Wild Rice Packs a Punch

By the way, I really have a thing for wild rice. Something about it’s nuttiness and slight crunch, seems so earthy and wholesome to me. I always long soak wild rice before cooking it, as well as cook it in some form of bone broth with a fair bit of healthy fat. This helps to predigest the rice and make it more assimilable as well as more nourishing by adding the broth and fat. Wild Rice is low in fat, so adding good fat when you make it is important. Wild rice has a pretty decent nutrient profile. Wild rice contains lysine and methionine, b complex vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and manganese. It’s gluten-free and a good source of fiber. Be sure to source organic non-GMO wild rice (Lundberg Farms is one such brand).

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Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Slow Cooker Stew

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp fat of your choice (butter, ghee, lard, coconut oil, duck fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, any kind you like
  • 2-4 cups finely chopped winter greens (such as kale or collards)
  • 2 tsp. dried sage, rubbed or crushed by hand into the stew
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black or white pepper
  • 8-10 cups homemade chicken or turkey broth
  • 3-4 cups bite size pieces raw or cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1 cup sour cream, heavy cream or coconut cream for dairy-free
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (optional: for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery and saute until the vegetables are softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, sage, salt and pepper to the pan and toss well, cooking for another minute or two.
  4. Transfer the vegetables (add in greens now) to a 6-8 quart crock-pot.
  5. Stir in the chicken broth, chicken and wild rice.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until the wild rice is tender and the stew is thickened (because of the rice).
  7. Turn the cooker to warm and serve.
  8. Stir in the cream and parsley (if using).
  9. Vegetarian Option: Omit the chicken or turkey and substitute vegetable or mushroom broth for the chicken broth. Increase the amount of vegetables by 3 cups.
  10. Dairy Free Option: Omit sour cream and use coconut cream instead
  11. Don't like cream based soups/stews? No problem, this stew is still delicious without the sour cream.
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