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Light Chicken Mushroom Stew

Chicken stew is much lighter than beef stew, but every bit as delicious, warm and comforting on a cold winter night.


While I do love beef stew, I hate the hours of cook time needed to tenderize the meat. Even though it’s mostly hands-off time in the crock-pot or oven, it means I have to plan way ahead.  Not just as in “What am I having for dinner tomorrow night”, plan ahead, but as in holy crap, “It’s 10:00 am, I better start the dinner” plan ahead.  I’m good, but not usually that good.  Also, I’m not a huge fan of sautéing beef and onions at ten o’clock in the morning.  That’s still early for me, and the only smell I really like in the morning is coffee.   


So I created a quick cooking chicken stew instead, and I’m really loving this lightened up, and no-serious-planning-ahead stew.  I was inspired by a recipe I pinned recently (and will be making soon), for chicken pot pie gnocchi by On Sugar Mountain.   Gnocchi and chicken pot pie.  Hmmm. Quite possibly two of my most favorite comfort foods of all time.  Love the idea of using gnocchi instead of potatoes and crust, and I also love gnocchi instead of potatoes or noodles in this stew!  I twisted it up a bit with mushrooms and thyme and I think this might be my favorite new one pot meal!


Light Chicken Mushroom Stew|Craving Something Healthy


Nothing like quick cooking comfort food!

Light Chicken Mushroom Stew

Yield: 6 servings

Light Chicken Mushroom Stew


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch coins
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 8 ounces fresh, frozen or packaged gnocchi (about 2 cups)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper


Bring about 1 1/2 cups water and bay leaf to a boil in a Dutch oven. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and place chicken in water. Reduce heat to low and gently poach chicken for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside. Drain water.

Place the Dutch oven over high heat, let any water evaporate, and add oil.

Saute shallots, mushrooms and celery in oil until vegetables are tender. Add carrots and sauté for another 3-5 minutes.

Add flour, and thyme, and stir to coat all vegetables well. Cook for 1 minute.

Add sherry and chicken stock and stir well to combine with flour. Bring to a boil and let sauce thicken. Reduce heat to medium and add milk.

Let sauce simmer and thicken, and meanwhile, shred cooked chicken.

Add chicken to Dutch Oven, and stir to combine.

Add gnocchi, and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until gnocchi is softened and cooked through.

Add salt and pepper and additional thyme to taste.


Use fresh or frozen gnocchi in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 545mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 22g 44%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Eat well!

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