Butternut Squash & Chicken Stew… Slow-Cooker Style

Well hello there, fall…

Doesn’t this just scream fall?! It’s warm, it’s comforting, it’s healthy.  And it’s orange… that probably helps.  Soft butternut squash, warm tender chicken, and an herby savory broth make this stew something to look forward to.  At least I did anyway.  I’d made it early in the morning, went to work, and then came home to a house smelling of deliciousness.  I was dying to dig in!
This soup/stew takes absolutely no cooking prior to putting it all in the Crock Pot.  You just chop, measure, and pour.  Cover then cook and voila… dinner is done.  Love that.  And what I love even more is that the chicken gets soooo soft and tender while it slow cooks in this soup that it literally falls apart when you go to stir it.  So ideal.

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breasts and/or thighs, boneless/skinless

2 cups butternut squash, chopped (1/2 medium or 1/4 large squash)

1 large carrot, about 1/2 cup chopped

2 celery stalks, about 1/2 cup chopped

1/2 onion, about 1 cup chopped

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 can diced tomatoes (unseasoned, with juices- chopped fresh toms work well, too)

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 bay leaves

1 tsp herbs de Provence

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

small handful Italian parsley- some chopped, plus leaves for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Begin prepping squash…

Cut squash in half first- then cut into large sections

 Using a sharp knife, cut skin off, one section at a time, and cut into bite-sized cubes

Repeat until you have about 2 cups worth

Chop carrots and celery- you want large bite-sized pieces

Roughly chop onion and garlic

Throw all veggies together in Crock Pot

Add all other ingredients to pot…

And stir

Add chicken breasts, immersing into the liquid

Cover and cook for about 4 on high or 5-6 on low

When done, remove bay leaves and stir

(chicken should just fall apart and “shred” on its own)

Check for seasonings- adjust as wanted

Serve, top with some parsley and enjoy!!

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