Here's a dinnertime warmer with a hint of spring's sweetness, designed for that day when you'd rather be outside raking the leaves from the garden, getting it ready for what's ahead, than slaving over the stove. Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Place chicken, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, shallots, garlic, wine, rosemary, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker; stir to combine. Put the lid on and cook on low until the potatoes are tender, about 5 hours. Before serving, remove bones from the chicken, if desired, and stir in vinegar.

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Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 520 mg sodium. 38 g carbohydrates; 17.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (53)

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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2016
Very delicious and tasty stew. My family and I found this dish to be extremely tasty. I did find that seasoning with some salt and pepper at the table was helpful but my daughter who does not like spicy foods found it delicious. I did take revise the recipe based on some of the other comments specifically; 1) sauteed the garlic onions instead of shallots and rosemary in some olive oil before adding to crock pot 2) added a little meat rub to chicken and braised it in a pan for a few minutes before adding to crock pot 3) briefly sauteed the potatoes in a frying pan with a little olive oil. I probably didn't need to do this and maybe it helped overcook the potatoes but it did add a little favor I'll definitely be trying this recipe again as it's a quick easy and delicious way to feed the family Pros: very hearty seemingly healthy delicious Cons: overcooking can turn potatoes to mush Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/27/2015
Awful bland & watery unless one adds many spices and thickener that aren't in the recipe I recommend everyone approach this recipe with an idea of what flavors they want their dish to take on because as written it comes out like stone soup with a slight chicken aftertaste. I made this as per the recipe and can say that it's a much better idea to chop the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces and add them a couple of hours into the cooking process. To make this palatable for my family (we all hated it initially) I added a little corn starch cumin garam masala and curry. It was a hit after that and even better the next day. Pros: Can be a go-to crock pot dish if altered to add actual flavor Cons: Can't overstate how bland this dish is. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
Easy and oh so yummy!! It was freezing rain today and I felt like something warm and comforting. I didn't have time to crock pot this so I just made it on the stove. (Cooked it for 45 min on low) I sauteed the veggies and added celery and doubled the wine and seasoning. I added the potatoes for the last 20 min of cooking so they wouldn't get mushy. I served it over couscous. We all loved it and I can't wait for leftovers tomorrow Pros: Easy yummy Cons: None Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2014
Bad taste I made this according to the recipe. It had a really bad taste. I leftovers which I will eat only because I don't want to throw away food.. Pros: Easy Cons: Bad taste Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2014
A Keeper I don't have a slow-cooker but I baked it for 5 hours in my oven on a low temperature and it came out well. Pros: Filling Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2014
Nice flavor I used boneless/skinless chicken thighs with the fat trimmed off. The flavors from the various veggies blended well with the white wine to make a nice flavored broth. I would put the sweet potatoes in maybe 2-3 hrs before done so they don't get to soft. Pros: Tender chicken nice blend of veggies very nice flavor. Cons: Sweet potatoes a little to soft Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/08/2013
Nauseating I prepared this exactly as directed and it was disgusting. Pros: Smells and looks good Cons: Tastes terrible Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
Delicous! Oh this was sooo good! I made this on a hot June day mostly for something to take to lunch (so sick of salad / sandwiches..lol). I agree with those that mentioned adding the sweet potatoes later.. I added mine with 3 hrs cook time left and I think next time I'll try 2 hrs. Sweet potatoes cooked well (quite soft but not mush) but I'd like them a little firmer. So yes.. do make this.. you won't be disappointed. Monica. Pros: Makes the house smell wonderful Cons: Sweet potatoes need to be added later Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2013
Tasty Warm and Comforting Chichicken and Sweet Potato Stew Instead of the white wine I substituted 1 cup of organic free range chicken broth. I didn't have white wine vinegar so I substituted Raspberry vinegar. I didn't have shallots so I substituted half a sweet white onion thinly sliced. I decided to kick up the flavor with an all natural honey barbecue sauce (no fructose or corn syrup) about 2 hearty squirts or roughly 2 tablespoons. Put the crockpot on at 10:30pm and shut it off at 5:30am 7hrs instead of 5hrs. It was awesome! Tasty slightly sweet and smokey. Chicken was so tender it sometimes fell from the bone....so watch out for bones in the broth. Comforting food for a cold winter night after a long day at work. Enjoy! Oh.....you do need some quality whole grain bread for dipping. It is a STEW! Pros: This recipe had few ingredients and was easy to prepare. Cons: Since I didn't have some of the ingredients I made some awesome substitutions! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2013
Don't forget the time it takes to skin the chicken thighs and cut everything up -- 1 hour. In my old crock pot it needed 5-1/2 hours on high and the sweet potatoes still were not mushy. The flavor is subtle but good. Another time I might rub spice on the meat before adding. Pros: Easy familiar ingredients healthy Cons: Misleading instructions Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2013
A bit more prep makes a big difference Given the high number of people who complained about a lack of flavor & mushy sweet potatoes I made quite a few small changes: Chicken - 2 large skinless breasts 1 thigh (to cut cholesterol); coated with a mix of flour salt pepper & thyme Sweet potatoes - quartered instead of speared; added 1 hour into cooking (came out perfect) Mushrooms - Sauteed until golden before adding (sprinkled with onion & garlic powder 3 min. into process) Shallots - Sauteed with garlic in olive oil for 2 min. before adding Garlic - Chopped and sauteed with shallots Wine - same Rosemary - Used 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Vinegar - Added 1 tsp apple cider vinegar before cooking (to leach minerals & flavor from bones) & 1 TB when finished Cooked for nearly 6 hours in crock pot. Before I added the vinegar and a bit more salt I fished out the sweet potatoes. The dish came out DELICIOUS - restaurant quality. But it took quite a bit more effort. Pros: Affordable tasty impressive looking Cons: Needs more prep for real flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2012
We loved it!! We loved this!! Served it over wide noodles. We added some of our favorite seasonings to give a bit more flavor. And added a bit more of the wine. All in all Excellent! Pros: Super easy and delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2012
Loved it! This was really really good! I added black beans (rinsed first) marjoram boullion and thickened the broth just before I served it. It's a great recipe that you can adapt to suit you. I cooked it on the stove and cut the potatoes into smaller peices and cut up the chicken because I didn't want to wait--and I'm glad I didn't! This was really wonderful! My kids call it a keeper. Pros: Easy can cook it on the stove in 45 min too! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2012
delicious and healthy I loved this recipe i did tweek it however to make it work and it turned out wonderful. to start i used a none sparkling mascato for the wine and doubled the amount which really blended well with the flavor of the sweet potato. I used onion instead of scallions. I added some herbs de provence to the mix and it really complemented the dish. I cut the sweet potatoes into large slices. I put everything except the vinegar in a large ziploc bag the night before and froze the whole thing over night.The next day I dumped the contents into the crock pot put it on low and when I came home from work 8 hours later it was perfect. The potatoes were perfectly cooked not mushy I will definatly be making this again. Pros: easy slow cooker Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2012
Hearty Filling Stew So I'm not sure why so many reviews said the dish was not flavorful because I thought it was bursting with flavor thanks to the white wine! The only things I did different were to add 3 cloves of minced garlic (instead of 4 cloves) I added some celery and half a chopped onion (instead of the scallions) I chopped then crushed a sprig of rosemary and I used boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in. Next time I think I will use chicken breast since I don't care for the work required to clean fatty thighs and I didn't feel that their flavor added that much to the dish. Also I cooked this dish on low for 5 1/2 hours and everything seemed to cook well. The sweet potatoes did fall apart a little but I think that just adds to the broth. I liked how hearty the stew was without leaving you feeling weighed down afterwards! Another EatingWell success! Pros: Easy prep Flavorful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2012
Super tasty! Loved this everything tasted so good and worked so well with the cooking time of about 5 hours on LOW. Some changes I made and would suggest: double up on the white wine and the garlic they add lots of flavor and cooked soft garlic is delicious! I also doubled the mushrooms but I love mushrooms.:) It also helps if you cut the potatoes into larger chunks it keeps them from breaking down too quickly. Pros: easy to make love the ingredients! Cons: takes a while to prep ingredients Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/11/2012
Not at all what I expected The sweet potatoes were mushy even though I put them in the crock pot three hours after it started cooking.....they literally fell apart into a mushy pasty mess. You can use onions instead of shallots. The taste of the chicken and the sweet potato did not work well together. All ing all a disappointment. Pros: Easy preparation Cons: Taste was bland and the dish did not deliver what I expected Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2012
Not so good... Instead of making it in a crock pot I made it in a french oven. I cooked it for a little over an hour because the sweet potato was ready very fast even with the burner on the lowest setting. When I originally tasted the stew it was very bland I had to add extra salt and a thickening agent because it was too watery. If your going to go ahead and try this recipe on the stovetop try these tips: put everything in the pot to cook for 45 minutes THEN put the sweet potato in to cook. Cut the sweet potato at least into 1 inch cubes and check stew within 30 min for doneness(total cook time 1hour 15 min). Add equal amount of chicken broth to wine to the stew and at the end add a thickening agent like flour or corn starch to thicken the soup amount depends on the liquid left over... Way to many adjustments to give this recipe any good reviews. Taste is bland and recipe poorly written. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/18/2012
Disappointing & Bland I made this yesterday & while the house smelled good from the slow cooker the flavor was very bland. I followed the recipe except I used boneless skinless chicken breast & did not add the vinegar at the end. I even waited 2.5 hours in to cooking before adding the sweet potatoes after reading reviews that they fell apart. Well they fell apart for me too. I definitely would not make this again. Pros: Not much prep time Cons: No taste Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2012
Needed some tweaking but really good! I made quite a few changes to this recipe. I added 1 cup chicen broth. I used boneless skinless thighs which I cut into cubes. I also cubed the potatoes. I only used 2 shallots which I sliced and I minced the garlic. I didn't add the potatoes and mushrooms until later about 2 hours into cooking. I made a slurry of 1/4 cup water and 2 Tbsp. flour to add to the stew to make it thicker before serving. Pros: slow cooker easy healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2012
Great Easy Dinner I made this tonight with only a few changes. I sprinkled a chicken bouillon cube over the ingredients and cut the potatoes into quarters. Delish! Everyone here loved it. The only con is there will be no leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2012
Not a stew I added a yellow onion and some green bell peppers since I had them on hand. While everything cooked nicely I don't think the sauce created makes this a stew. I added Reisling and the food still tasted like wine. I think I would've preferred cream or mushroom or chicken soup instead. Served this over rice too Pros: Everything cooked well. Cons: Didn't make a good sauce Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2012
Easy to make and good taste I set my crockpot on for 4 hours and this came out just right. I had cut the sweet potatoes into quarters instead of spears and I didn't have any issues with them disintegrating as other reviewers have talked about. I also used 3 large shallots (instead of 6) and added half of an onion. I also added the vinegar in with all the other ingredients. This is a good go-to meal in my opinion because for the most part I would have most of the ingredients on hand. Pros: Very little prep inexpensive to make healthful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2011
Not Worth Making Firstly Shallots are an expensive item. At 2.49 a lb the cost was almost as much as the chicken. Also they were tough undercooked and were inedible even after after 6 hours. Secondly all the ingredients were way too much for my 6 qt cooker and I ended up using a pot on the stove at simmer. Thirdly enough for 6 people really? No way is this dish worth the effort and expense disappointing overall. Pros: Final Taste Was OK Cons: Expense Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2011
Make This One Every Couple of Months Make sure to buy smooth sweet potatoes or even yams. Like the texture very comfort foodish. Don't think of it as a stew since the it has a thin broth-you could thicken it if you like. Pros: easy and quick for a slow cooker meal Cons: Peeling the sweet potatoes Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/08/2011
Bland and Weird I've had a brand new 5 quart slow cooker sitting around for a year and I finally wanted to try it out (i'm not much of a cook). I was doing a little recipe browsing and saw this. The ingredients were promising it sounded lite and flavorful. I followed the recipe to the T... as I said I'm not much of a cook and creativity in the kitchen eludes me. Prep was simple enough so I had high hopes. Upon tasting it was a disappointment. The only flavor was the shallot. This recipe calls for too many. The veggies got too soft and the whole thing had an unpleasant smell. It just doesn't seem to blend. The rosemary goes unnoticed and sweet potatoes lost their flavor. It was eatable but far from special. Maybe those with a flare in the kitchen can make this recipe better but we recipe followers are out of luck with this one. Don't waste your time! Pros: The Chicken is Tender Cons: Too much onion bad combination! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
family loved it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It had no flavor. Not something I will make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Forgot: mushrooms turn black-- add them the last hour of cooking Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was not good at all. I suggest the Ropa Viejo slow cooker recipe. Unless you like sweet potatoes which we usually do this just didn't do anything for us. I thought maybe the next day it would have been better flavors melding but nope. It was not worth saving. Plus the chicken bones disinegrate when using slow cooking method. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This turned out horribly...very bland. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I liked this stew. I cooked it on high for 3 hours and it turned out great. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very unexciting. No taste. Needs more spice. Do not recommend Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It was a cold day and the smell of this stew filled the house with anticipation. My husband and I loved it. Have enough left over for another day...Enny Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
very bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Needs work: veggies should be cut smaller chicken should be boneless thighs cut in cubes. Also needs chicken broth for additional liquid and to flavor the chicken. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this despite the negative reviews but am unhappy with it for other reasons than the way it turned out. I cut the recipe in half but used either full or nearly full amounts of seasonings due to all the complaints of it being bland. It tasted pretty good and I might make it again. HOWEVER: when I input the recipe into my calorie-tracking software it came out at 430 calories a serving - a far cry from the 285 calories listed here. I cross referenced the main ingredients with another calorie tracking website and came out with the same result. If you think you'll like it it's worth trying - just be aware it is apparently substantially more caloric than indicated here and for that reason I only gave it 3 stars. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I used boneless skinless chicken breast cut into chunks and chunked the sweet potatoes. added more wine and found it very delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Following the comments here I used three boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks chunked the sweet potato added more wine cooked on high for three hours and added the mushrooms only for the last hour. Delicious -- my husband has already requested it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was absolutely delicious! I used Boneless / skinless breasts trimmed of fat as well as a large chunked red tomato. The tomato juice blended nicely with the white wine and onion and rather than rosemary I substituted an italian seasoning grinder from McCormick (which has rosemary in it...along with other herbs ) which I ground over the tops of the chicken along with some extra salt and pepper to add flavor. (I also reccommend sprinkling Montreal Chicken Seasoning over the chicken and veggies before cooking.) I served this over rice. The juice tastes great with the rice and it makes it a bit more filling. I would reccommend to anyone! Will make it again soon! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This "stew" was too bland. It needs more flavour. I even added hot peppers and it was still bland. Any other suggestions? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I think that this is going to be great but it's taking WAY longer than 5 hours to cook. I would thin-slice potatoes and shallots. Just turned the crock pot up to high and hope to feed everyone before 7pm. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
The make ahead tip said to freeze it. Does that mean before or after cooking it? Is this something i can put together and freeze in a container then take it out and left it in the slow cooker cooking when I go off to work? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Cut up veggies and chicken used skinless boneless chicken breast. Added rosemary basil and oregano. It seemed bland and needed something to counteract all the acid from the wine and vinegar. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This was very good with some adjustments- I used Italian seasoning instead of just rosemary a yellow onion instead of shallots chopped garlic instead of whole cloves plus about 2 cups chicken broth. I chopped the veggies instead of doing bigger spears too. This was great with some toast to soak up the juices. I will make this again. My family had no complaints.:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this easy dish during the week and I thought it was quite good. I wrote about it in my food blog "Eating the Rainbow" at http://superfoodsyear.blogspot.com/2010/11/chicken-and-sweet-potato-stew-guests.html. Overall I think it was good. In addition to using fresh rosemary I also added a tablespoon or so of herbes de provence. I didn't use the lemon either in the end (I forgot) and didn't miss it. I don't think my sweet potatoes were the best because they didn't taste sweet but I think this brothy dish is worth making again but with more garlic next time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good but I'd put the sweet potatoes in later as they get too soft and tend to disintegrate in 5 hours. Also substituted onions for shallots. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
delicious! I made this last night for my boyfriend and I and we loved it! Only changes I made: didn't have white wine so I substituted chicken broth and added thyme because people said it was bland. It came out great; even my picky 2-year-old ate it. It was even better the next day! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Comfort Food I love the wholesome taste of this dish. I don't think it was intended to be "bursting" with robust flavor but is a mild dish to be enjoyed as such. I did not have rosemary on hand and instead used an Italian herb mix. I cut the sweet potatoes in quarters since the first time I prepared this they were overcooked. Perfect dish for crock pot cooking. Pros: Easy to fix Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Listened to the others. Bland but good with work. Added extra wine and lots of extra seasonings. Potatoes were way overcooked. I didn't enjoy the shallots or garlic being so large so next time I will finely chop both. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Sounded way better than finished product We do a lot of cooking and this was very disappointing as it turned into a mushy and poor way to bring out the best of the ingredients. We threw it out! Sorry. Maybe better featured as a braised recipe. Pros: Ingredients Cons: Slow cooker decimated ingredients and no taste! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Mushy The cook time was too long. The potatoes turned very mushy. Not at all as presented. Very disappointing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Rapid Prototype Approach Before attempting this very easy-looking recipe I read and considered each of the reviews/comments. They all were very helpful! As an artist I draft & create prototypes with cheap materials before attempting The Masterpiece. I decided to try the same approach with this recipe and made several modifications. Don't laugh but I used the entire 5# box! I started cooking this on high first at 1pm. Bone-in chicken thighs skin removed trimmed of fat 2 Cups of White grape juice Juicy Juice Brand Mccormick Poultry Seasoning Go ahead SEASON IT! Ground pepper 3 Tablespoons of Mitsukan Rice Vinegar Lime juice After an hour I added: 6 Shallots peeled and halved 3 large carrots peeled and cut Garlic entire bulb peeled 1/2 bunch of celery diced Three hours into cooking on high at about 4pm I added 5 Russet potatoes peeled and cubed After 4 hours of cooking on high the chicken was cooked well. I turned the heat down to warm and then added the White button mushrooms 1/2 pound cleaned & halved. I didn't need to add salt because this was served up with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls at dinnertime. I understand the whole idea of Crockpot cooking is to place all the ingredients in at once and walk out the door. However this recipe was still very easy and wasn't much of an inconvenience to me at all. If anything make it ahead and serve it up later in the week. I gave the recipe five stars because it turned o Read More