Ultra tender flesh and super crispy skin smothered in a thick savoury sauce with vegetables. This Chicken Stew is slow cooked in the oven to develop deep, incredible flavours. The smell that fills the house when it’s in the oven is simply wonderful!

Made with skin on chicken thighs and drumsticks, this Chicken Stew recipe is a firm favourite during the colder months along with Beef Stew, Pot Roast and Beef Bourguignon. Mop your bowl clean with Irish Soda Bread, a quick and easy rustic no-yeast bread!

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Overhead photo of Chicken Stew in a white dutch oven, fresh out of the oven.

Chicken Stew – with crispy skin!

Anyone else here not a fan of slimy chicken skin??

I don’t care how long it’s been slow cooked. And whether it’s a stew, in soup or Hainanese chicken.

No chicken skin comes near my mouth unless it’s crispy or caramelised.

When my mother reads this, I know she’s going to roll her eyes and think”she’s so childish!!”

I don’t care. I love crispy skin. I want crispy skin. Give me all the crispy skin!!! 😂

Close up of crispy skinned chicken in Chicken Stew

Slow cooked in the oven for crispy skin!

Because I’m so anti-slimy chicken skin, I like to make my Chicken Stew in the oven rather than on the stove. And unless someone knows a magic trick, the only way to get crispy skin for a stew is in the oven.

Cook it covered for part of the time, then uncover it to let the sauce thicken, make the chicken flesh super tender, the surface of the veggies and edges of the stew caramelise, and – most importantly in my world – to get that chicken skin super crispy!

Don’t have the time to slow cook?

Try my speedier Chicken Stew – made with boneless chicken thighs, this is on the table in an hour but tastes like it’s been cooking all day!

Chicken Stew in a rustic brown bowl, ready to be eaten

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OK, I think I’ve babbled on enough about the chicken skin. Let me move on.

Under the crispy skin -> tender flesh.

Smothering the crispy skin -> thick savoury gravy sauce.

Around the crispy skin -> tender soft vegetables.


Close up of Chicken Stew in a rustic brown bowl.

I’m lucky enough to have a big, shallow casserole pot / dutch oven which is absolutely perfect for these kind of stews that go from stove to oven. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry, just tip it all into a baking pan before popping it into the oven.

And – confession time. The reason I cropped out most of the bowl in the photo below is because I ate the chicken before I took this photo. The side you can’t see just has bones, picked completely clean.

I couldn’t resist! Don’t judge me! 😂 – Nagi x

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Chicken Stew in a dutch oven, fresh out of the oven.

Chicken Stew Watch how to make it

Originally published May 2018. Updated for housekeeping matters – no change to recipe.

Life of Dozer

Flashback to May 2018 when this recipe was first published when he tore his ACL and had to have a knee operation. Shaved rump, permanent “help me up” harness, and trapped in a play pen for weeks.

Adding a Cone of Shame was just rubbing salt into the wound, isn’t it?

I told him not to scratch the stitches. I warned him about the cone. He did not obey!!😂

Happy to report he is back to normal, chasing birds, leaping off jetties and generally living the high life!❤️ N x

Dozer the golden retriever recovering from ACL surgery with Cone of Shame

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