Recipe: Beer Braised Chicken Stew

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It’s that time of year again!  You know what I’m talking about….slow cooker time!  I had mentioned in last week’s Fun Fact Friday that I’d be sharing my favorite slow cooker recipe (so far!), and I’m holding true to my promise!  Last year I was somewhat doubtful of this appliance that took up precious counter space in my tiny NYC kitchen.  However, once I saw how easy AND cool it was to come home after work to a piping hot meal waiting for me, I was sold.  I tried several recipes last year, and I look forward to trying a few more this season.  One that has stood out to me was this recipe for Sweet Beer Braised Chicken that I saw on nodakademic‘s blog.   I don’t usually drink, and beer even less so – but this stew had me sopping up the bowl. It was so delicious!  Looking to try some for yourself?

You will need:

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 can/bottle (12 oz) of beer (like nodakademic, I used a dark porter. YUM!)
  • 1 bottle (10-12 oz) sweet chili sauce
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp hot chili sauce (i.e. Sriracha/’Rooster’ Sauce)
  • 4 oz (half a brick) cream cheese (to add at the end)

1. Prep all your veggies!


2. Place all ingredients except cream cheese in crockpot. Cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, until chicken is cooked through but still moist.

3. Shred chicken with two forks. Add cream cheese during last 30 minutes and stir it up well. Serve as a stew with some yummy bread.

You seriously need to give this recipe a try, especially on a chilly day when you just want to hunker down under the covers.  There’s nothing like coming home to this scrumptious, stick-to-your-ribs stew.  Let me know how it goes!

What’s your favorite cold-weather recipe?

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  • Reply
    January 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Oh, that looks/sounds amazing! I’m so addicted to my slow cooker.

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    January 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Mmm this looks fantastic! I love my Crock Pot, I’m glad you’ve found it to be useful too!

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    January 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Saving, this looks fab!

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    January 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Sounds tasty! My fave is homemade spicy black bean soup.

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    Jessica T
    January 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I really needed a new recipe for chicken! This sounds so good!

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    January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    hooray for slow cooker stews!

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    January 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Looks delish! And healthy too w/the chicken (errr and cream cheese? lol). Will have to try this out!

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    January 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hmm, I may just have to dig out my slow cooker to try this out. sweet chili sauce & cream cheese . . . sounds like something wrong but right.

    Also, what’s the clear plastic liner on the crock pot? Mine doesn’t have that.

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      January 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      They are crock pot liners you can buy – although I’m not sure how safe they are, heating plastic for so long. I ran out and I’m debating whether to buy them again…

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    Jenn from Much to My Delight
    January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you! I’m always looking for good slow-cooker recipes as I don’t use mine enough and work late enough that cooking after work is a chore rather than a pleasure. I think I will prep this tonight so I can enjoy it tomorrow!

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    January 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    This looks delicious! I would love to come home to dinner already made. Since we are both usually gone for more than 7 hours at a time, we bought a timer that can turn our slow cooker on and off automatically. My goal for next week is to try it out, maybe with a black bean soup or dahl recipe that we like!

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    February 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I’m making this tomorrow! 🙂

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    February 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I just threw everything into the slow cooker! I can’t wait to see how it turns out for dinner tonight. Also, I didn’t have celery or cilantro so I just put in spinach. lol hopefully it’ll still taste good 🙂

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      February 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I hope you like it!

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        February 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

        IT IS SO GOOD!!!!!! Omg, I made two pots now. haha Having it for dinner again tonight! Thank you Serena!

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          February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          YAY! I’m glad you like it!! 🙂 🙂

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