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Chicken Stew with Gnocchi

My chicken stew makes the house smell wonderful as it gently bubbles in the slow cooker. One whiff and my family heads to the kitchen to see if it's ready. —Marge Drake, Juniata, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • Optional: Hot pepper sauce and thinly sliced green onions


  • Place the parsnips, carrots, celery, sweet potato and onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with chicken; sprinkle with the sage, salt and pepper. Add broth and water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken; when cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and discard bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and return to the slow cooker.
  • Mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Add gnocchi. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. If desired, season with hot pepper sauce and sprinkle with sliced green onion.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 405 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 922mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • April
    Jan 1, 2021

    Flavorful, warming, and my new comfort food! We cook this on the stove top instead of a slow cooker. The chicken falls apart, so no need to remove and cut ( we use boneless thighs). After the gnocchi and cornstarch goes in, we bring to a boil and then let simmer 10 minutes. Comes out perfect everytime! Thank you for the recipe :)

  • Roberta
    Sep 16, 2020

    People mention olives in reviews. I see no olives mentioned in the recipe.

  • candebar
    Sep 15, 2020

    This soup is great. I don’t think some of the people who wrote a review for this know that gnocchi is not an olive, it’s an Italian pasta.

  • Adele
    Jul 25, 2020

    I would be more inclined to thicken the gravy with flour. Also, olives wouldn't be my first choice. Nevertheless, this sounds a lot like a recipe my grandmother used to make. A good base recipe. Also, I would just add another cup of chicken stock instead of water.

    May 1, 2020

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  • Rex
    Mar 6, 2020

    Very bland. I followed the recipe to the letter. I added hot sauce to my serving and THAT gave it some flavor, but it was just the flavor of the hot sauce. Unless I can figure out how to bring some more flavor to this recipe, I'm going to have to skip it.

  • wandkblack
    Nov 18, 2019

    This is a delicious stew, my husband and I couldn't get enough. The parsnips added a unique flavor. I will definitely make this again.

  • Katherine
    Jan 27, 2019

    I’m sorry to say I just didn’t like it...not to my taste preferences I guess. Looked beautiful, though.

  • michelebuckley
    Jun 21, 2018

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  • Susie77
    Feb 12, 2018

    Super excellent! The only changes I made were leaving out the parsnips and olives since the husband unit doesn't care for them. Nothing finer than a meal-in-one-crock!