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Paleo Rustic Chicken Stew

This Paleo Rustic Chicken Stew is made with chicken, carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions. And then we just take the flavor up all the notches with celery seeds, thyme flakes, sea salt, and pepper. It’s hard to believe such a simple recipe could taste so comfortingly good! Oh, and it makes for delicious leftovers, if you have any, that is! {Paleo}

Ingredients

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  • 34 chicken breasts (fresh and cut into chunks or slices, preferred, or whole and frozen, if necessary)
  • 4 cups bone broth (more as necessary to submerge meat and vegetables)
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 onions, any color, halved with peel and ends removed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon thyme flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper (I suggest starting with one teaspoon at the beginning of cooking and then adding more as desired just before serving)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on LOW for about 6-8 hours.
  2. Season with additional black pepper and sea salt as desired.
  3. Refrigerator leftovers for 2-3 days.

Notes

  • For extra flavorful, juicy chicken, sauté the chicken breasts for a few minutes in a skillet with a little coconut oil and a pinch or two of sea salt. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sautéed chicken to the slow cooker. Discard the remaining liquids in the skillet. 
  • Use two medium-sized sweet potatoes, one large sweet potato, or three tiny sweet potatoes.
  • For crispy, crunchy onions, do not add them at the beginning of cooking. Instead add them one hour before cooking is done. For even crispier onions, add them with just 30 minutes to go. I admit, if I’m in the mood for ridiculous flavor and crunch, I’ll add them just prior to serving.
  • If you have fresh thyme on hand, then feel free to use that instead. You’ll need a few tablespoons of tiny leaves. Dried herbs tend to be more concentrated in flavor. So if a few tablespoons of fresh thyme still isn’t enough, feel confident to add more. Or, if you run out of fresh, then sprinkle a little dried thyme over the top of the slow cooker ingredients.