White ovel bowl full of low carb chicken stew. Salt and pepper shaker in background.

Simple Low Carb Chicken Stew Recipe

Thick, creamy comfort food you’ll make again and gain. This low carb chicken stew recipe is made in the crockpot to make for easy dinners.

White ovel bowl full of low carb chicken stew. Salt and pepper shaker in background.

Perfect for days you want a hearty meal without all the effort.

At only 3 net grams of carbs per serving, this crock-pot chicken stew is a game-changer on cold nights.

The stew is loaded with low-carb vegetables to bring some nutrients and color to your table and features a secret ingredient to make it unbelievably creamy.

Made with easy ingredients and rich but zesty flavor, it whips up in a pinch and can be ready without spending hours in the kitchen.

Skip the effort after a long day and come home to a bowl of this delicious, low-carb chicken stew.

Another slow cooker option you might enjoy is our Easy Slow Cooker Keto Chili Recipe.

Ingredients You Need:

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs: you’ll be cutting these into bite-sized pieces before placing them in the slow cooker so that they cook quickly and evenly.

Olive oil: any neutral oil will work here as it’s used to sear the bites of chicken so that they stay juicy.

Vegetables: this low-carb chicken stew uses celery, onion, carrots, garlic, and even kale. It’s loaded with nourishing ingredients and lots of color.

Ranch seasoning: you only need a little added to the stew to gain a tasty, comforting flavor.

Chicken broth: homemade chicken broth is great if you have some on hand. However, any store-bought variety will work. Make sure that it’s either keto-certified or at least low in carbohydrates though as some pre-made broths add in ingredients like wheat to thicken them.

Heavy whipping cream: this is what will create the creamy texture of the stew. If you’re dairy-free you may be able to use coconut milk from a can. The taste will be rich, but the texture might be slightly different.

Chicken stew ingredients in glass bowls

How To Make Low Carb Chicken Stew:

  1. In a preheated skillet, add the olive oil and sear the pieces of chicken before placing them in the crockpot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the kale and whipping cream.
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours before adding in the whipping cream and kale.
  4. Stir until smooth and cook for another hour.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Expert Tips To Make It:

Try to chop the chicken into even chunks. This way they all cook at the same rate.

Though chicken thighs can work as well, they do give off a lot more liquid. This means that the texture of the low-carb stew may be different.

Make sure to use heavy whipping cream as it gives the richest flavor. It’s the secret ingredient to keep the stew creamy.  Light whipping cream won’t make the stew as indulgent.

Expect that before you add the heavy cream the low-carb chicken stew will look more like soup. It’s the creamy and final cook time that helps thicken it up.

The longer you let the stew cook and simmer, the thicker it will become.

How To Serve It:

Once you come home and smell this chicken stew cooking, you’ll want to curl up with a bowl of it right away.

However, take the time to serve it properly and it’ll be even more cozy. Portion the stew into bowls and top them with fresh parsley or thyme or even a sprinkle of parmesan.

Serve the bowls alongside any of the following side dishes for a complete meal.

  • Keto cornbread
  • Keto dinner rolls
  • Low-carb crackers

How To Store It:

Before storing the chicken stew make sure to let it cool completely. Once it’s cooled, portion it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Here it will last 3-4 days.

You can also freeze this low-carb recipe for up to 3 months. Store it in the freezer in a freezer-safe container or large plastic bag. When you

Re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

To reheat the stew, place it into a pot on the stove with a lid over low-medium heat. You may need to add a dash of extra broth to the mix to get the consistency back again.

Frequently Asked Questions About Low-Carb Chicken Stew:

Q. Is chicken thighs good for a low-carb diet?

A. Since chicken thighs are completely protein-based and have zero carbohydrates, they’re a great protein to enjoy when following a low-carb diet.

Q. What vegetables can I use in this low-carb stew?

A. This keto chicken stew recipe calls for celery, onion, garlic, and kale which are all low-carb vegetables. Some other low-carb options are cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, and Swiss chard.

Q. Why should I sear the chicken before slow cooking?

A. Searing the pieces of chicken breast before adding them to the slow cooker makes it so that they hold in their juices better.

As the chicken stew cooks, this results in very tender pieces of chicken which gives a better taste and texture to the recipe.

Q. Can I use pre-cooked chicken in this low-carb stew?

A. Ideally, you want to cook the chicken with the rest of the ingredients so that they all develop the same flavor.

While you may be able to use cooked rotisserie chicken in the stew, not only will it change the flavor but it could alter the texture as well resulting in a stew that’s not as creamy as you’d like.

H2: Rich and comforting this cream, low-carb chicken stew recipe is a cold-weather staple. Easy to whip up and loaded with nourishing ingredients, it has a rich but zesty flavor you’ll fall in love with.

White ovel bowl full of low carb chicken stew. Salt and pepper shaker in background.

Simple Low Carb Chicken Stew Recipe

Rich and comforting this cream, low-carb chicken stew recipe is a cold-weather staple. Easy to whip up and loaded with nourishing ingredients, it has a rich but zesty flavor you’ll fall in love with.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 363 kcal


  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lbs. Boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ Cup Celery chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • Cup Matchstick carrots
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 3 tsp. Minced garlic
  • 2 Cup Chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Ranch seasoning
  • 1 Cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Cup Kale cut into pieces


  • Over medium to high heat, add the olive oil to a skillet.
  • Place chicken in the pan and sear. After seared move it into the Crockpot.
  • Place the garlic, celery, carrots, onion, chicken broth, and ranch seasoning and lightly salt and pepper in the crockpot.
  • Put the lid on and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours remove the lid, pour in the heavy cream and the kale. Stir to mix well.
  • Put the lid back on turn it up to high and cook for 1 hour.

Estimated Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 3g

Know that estimated nutrition facts are just a guideline and will vary depending on any variation you make or brand you use from what we have listed.

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