Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Slow Cooker Stew


Prep Time

20-30 min

Prep Notes


Soak wild rice before cooking it, as well as cook it in some form of bone broth with a fair bit of healthy fat. This helps to predigest the rice and make it more assimilable as well as more nourishing by adding the broth and fat. Wild Rice is low in fat, so adding good fat when you make it is important. Wild rice has a pretty decent nutrient profile. Wild rice contains lysine and methionine, b complex vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and manganese. It’s gluten-free and a good source of fiber. Be sure to source organic non-GMO wild rice (Lundberg Farms is one such brand).

Cooking Time

6-7 hours

Yields

10-15 (a gallon)

Ingredients


  • 4 Tbsp fat of your choice (butter, ghee, lard, coconut oil, duck fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, any kind you like
  • 2-4 cups finely chopped winter greens (such as kale or collards)
  • 2 tsp. dried sage, rubbed or crushed by hand into the stew
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black or white pepper
  • 8-10 cups homemade chicken or turkey broth
  • 3-4 cups bite size pieces raw or cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1 cup sour cream, heavy cream or coconut cream for dairy-free
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (optional: for garnish)

Directions


  1. Heat the fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery and saute until the vegetables are softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, sage, salt and pepper to the pan and toss well, cooking for another minute or two.
  4. Transfer the vegetables (add in greens now) to a 6-8 quart crock-pot.
  5. Stir in the chicken broth, chicken and wild rice.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until the wild rice is tender and the stew is thickened (because of the rice).
  7. Turn the cooker to warm and serve.
  8. Stir in the cream and parsley (if using).
  9. Vegetarian Option: Omit the chicken or turkey and substitute vegetable or mushroom broth for the chicken broth. Increase the amount of vegetables by 3 cups.
  10. Dairy Free Option: Omit sour cream and use coconut cream instead
  11. Don't like cream based soups/stews? No problem, this stew is still delicious without the sour cream.

Notes


This stew is also very economical. An entire batch of this stew only costs about $10-12!