Low-carb hearty chicken and vegetable stew

Low-carb hearty chicken and vegetable stew

Delicious tender pieces of chicken and fresh vegetables bathed in a rich and creamy sauce. This heartwarming low-carb stew will keep you satisfied for hours. Editor's note: In 2020, this recipe was one of the top 10 most popular Diet Doctor recipes. We hope you love it as well!

Low-carb hearty chicken and vegetable stew

Delicious tender pieces of chicken and fresh vegetables bathed in a rich and creamy sauce. This heartwarming low-carb stew will keep you satisfied for hours. Editor's note: In 2020, this recipe was one of the top 10 most popular Diet Doctor recipes. We hope you love it as well!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter or ghee or olive oil
  • 7 oz. (2 cups) 200 g (475 ml) celery stalk, dicedcelery stalks, diced
  • 4 oz. (23 cup) 110 g (160 ml) yellow onion, dicedyellow onions, diced
  • 2 2 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1¾ lbs 800 g boneless chicken thighs
  • 5 cups 1.2 liters chicken stock
  • 1 (5 oz.) 1 (140 g) green bell peppergreen bell peppers
  • 7 oz. 200 g zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 14 oz. 400 g fresh or frozen cauliflower florets
  • Salt ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, for garnishing (optional)
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Instructions

  1. Place the butter into a heavy-based pot and melt over medium-high heat. Stir in the celery, onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until softened, for about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add half of the chicken stock to the pot. Cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. In a new saucepan, add the cauliflower and remaining chicken broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes to soften the cauliflower. Once softened, blend with an immersion blender or hand mixer until smooth.
  5. Combine the chicken mixture with the blended cauliflower broth (creating a thicker base for the stew). Cut the bell pepper into 1/4 inch (0.5cm) and zucchini and stir together. Let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tip

If you prefer a thinner soup, add some more chicken broth to your desired consistency. Some like it thin and some thick.

Spice it up by adding some yellow curry powder.

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20 comments

  1. Yvonne
    Just made this, it’s definitely not a stew it’s a soup, which I thought it would be. Was very tasty, I added some chilli flakes & used leeks & broccoli instead of celery & zucchini as I didn’t have any in.
    Reply: #2
  2. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Just made this, it’s definitely not a stew it’s a soup, which I thought it would be. Was very tasty, I added some chilli flakes & used leeks & broccoli instead of celery & zucchini as I didn’t have any in.

    Thank you for your feedback! I am glad you enjoyed it.

  3. gaeligreene
    Is this recipe a good candidate for freezing? I'm looking to make some freezer meals to break fasts with. Thank you
    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is this recipe a good candidate for freezing? I'm looking to make some freezer meals to break fasts with. Thank you

    Soups, stews and casseroles are excellent candidates for freezing. Sometimes, you may find that a creamy sauce may "break" a little when reheated but it won't affect the taste.

  5. Robin
    What's the surprising twist?
  6. mschalock
    I enjoyed this soup very much. This is the first chicken soup that I have liked enough to plan to make it again. I'm lowering my dairy intake and found this soup to be just as "creamy" as soups with cream added. Thanks for the great recipe.
    Reply: #7
  7. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I enjoyed this soup very much. This is the first chicken soup that I have liked enough to plan to make it again. I'm lowering my dairy intake and found this soup to be just as "creamy" as soups with cream added. Thanks for the great recipe.

    I am so glad you loved this one!

  8. Dawn
    Thanks for the great recipe! It was sooo good! Love how you can't really taste the cauliflower. Cauliflower is good and all, but it does get old after awhile. Made chips out of the chicken skins from the thighs and put the melted fat from them (after it cooled a little) in the soup for a little extra flavor. I agree with the others that's it's nice to have something creamy without a ton of dairy.
    Reply: #9
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Thanks for the great recipe! It was sooo good! Love how you can't really taste the cauliflower. Cauliflower is good and all, but it does get old after awhile. Made chips out of the chicken skins from the thighs and put the melted fat from them (after it cooled a little) in the soup for a little extra flavor. I agree with the others that's it's nice to have something creamy without a ton of dairy.

    Great idea for the chicken skins!

  10. Tammy
    So good! I added some zucchini and red peppers at the end at the end to make it a little more hardy. This turned out great! I will definitely make this again.
    Reply: #11
  11. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    So good! I added some zucchini and red peppers at the end at the end to make it a little more hardy. This turned out great! I will definitely make this again.

    I imagine it is beautiful with a pop of red pepper. Make sure to include the additional carbs in your count.

  12. Debbie
    Made this per the recipe. My son-in-law couldn't get enough of it, and has asked me to make it again, soon. It freezes very well. When I reheated it, I added some spinach to it, and that put it over the top!
  13. Donna
    Just made this. It was so good! Thanks for another family favorite.
  14. Margaret
    Tastes yummy, but too many carbs for me. Every time I ate it for dinner I was unusually hungry the next day. I'm typically an OMAD eater, so this recipe isn't appropriate for the only meal of the day.
    Reply: #15
  15. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Tastes yummy, but too many carbs for me. Every time I ate it for dinner I was unusually hungry the next day. I'm typically an OMAD eater, so this recipe isn't appropriate for the only meal of the day.

    This is one of our liberal low carb recipes, so the carbs per serving are a bit on the higher side.

  16. Andrea
    I think i may agree w Margaret above. I followed the recipe but was still hungry after a few hours. i'm thinking it may not have been the carbs but not enough fat? i even added a stick of butter to fatten it up. it was still delicious, but yes, not enough fat.
  17. Liz
    This is so yummy and so healthy. I had chicken defrosted was really craving a stew and this worked perfect - so easy to make too. I love the idea of cauliflower as a base in place of all the dairy and extra carbs. I swapped out the zucchini and bell pepper to use veggies that I had on hand and it still turned out great. I also used more cauliflower and had a thicker base and it was quite creamy and very stew like. Yum! Will be making this again and again. Thanks!
    Reply: #18
  18. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This is so yummy and so healthy. I had chicken defrosted was really craving a stew and this worked perfect - so easy to make too. I love the idea of cauliflower as a base in place of all the dairy and extra carbs. I swapped out the zucchini and bell pepper to use veggies that I had on hand and it still turned out great. I also used more cauliflower and had a thicker base and it was quite creamy and very stew like. Yum! Will be making this again and again. Thanks!

    Sounds great, Liz! Glad you love it!

  19. Katie
    I don't think the nutritional information is correct. I think it should be doubled.
    Reply: #20
  20. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I don't think the nutritional information is correct. I think it should be doubled.

    Hi, Katie! Keep in mind that the nutritional information listed is per serving, not for the entire recipe.

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