I’m not really sure how to describe this dish to you.

It’s definitely Asian, I can tell you that much.

It has curry paste, but it’s not quite a curry.

It has peanut butter, but it’s not quite a peanut sauce.

Along with the fact that it most certainly has an Asian vibe, I can also tell you that it is out of this world. Did I mention that it can be made while you work all day? Or alternatively, while you go watch football at a bar all day, or alternatively, while you go Holiday shopping all day??

Whatever you do while your asian chicken stew is cooking is really up to you. Heck, maybe you’ll be all healthy and workout! But when its finished cooking and you serve up a big bowl over some brown rice, you’ll be a very happy person.

This, I know.


Asian Chicken Stew

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 6 hours

Keywords: slow-cooker soup/stew entree gluten-free high protein chicken Chinese Thai fall winter

Part curry, part coconut, part peanut sauce. Spicy, delicious meal made in the slow cooker.

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • brown rice


Cut onion and peppers into 1 inch pieces.

Place in the bottom of slow cooker.

Top veggies with chicken.

Mix together sauce – garlic through curry paste and pour over chicken.

Cook on low for about 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

If sauce is not thick enough, remove cover, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes.

With about 20 minutes left of cooking time, stir in peas and spinach.

Taste and add more salt or sriracha to taste.

Serve over brown rice with extra sriracha on the side.

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19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I LOVE all the ingredients/flavors in this recipe, not to mention, chicken thighs are my kryptonite hahaha! I am definitely bookmarking this one for the slow cooker, it looks really great :)


    • Emily
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      I know, aren’t thighs the best?! :)


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    This sounds AND looks delicious! Slow cooker recipes are the best :)


    • Emily
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

      They are, and I’m not even a super-busy Mom of two! :)


  3. Liz @ Southern Charm
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Love the ingredients and spices! Yumm!


  4. She Rocks Fitness
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Awesome! I’m going to write this one down. I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes and will have to try it over quinoa. Thanks for sharing! :)


  5. erin
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    I cannot wait to make this! Serious yum :)


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    That looks fantastic! I can only imagine how good it smells while it cooks. :) Question: did you use boneless or bone-in chicken thighs?


    • Emily
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

      Boneless! (I should add that to the recipe, thanks!)


  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    set it and forget it. gotta love slow cookers & your recipe looks great!


  8. Elana
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    This looks so scrumptious! We sadly passed along our crockpot when we moved into our teeny tiny new apartment. I somewhat regret not finding space for it! Any thoughts on how long to cook this if just combining it and letting it cook away on the stovetop? Figure it’d make for a nice weekend afternoon house smell…


  9. Alyse
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Sounds mysterious, but delicious! I am always looking for slow cooker recipes. It’s so nice to come home to an already made meal!.


  10. Dana
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Wow, this sounds so delicious and comforting! I just moved into an apartment with a tiny little kitchen, so I’m sure my crockpot will be getting a lot more use these days!


  11. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    this sounds incredible!


  12. Lea @ Healthy Coconut
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    I have been looking for crock-pot recipes and this looks good. I’ve bookmarked it and will add it to the menu plan soon.

    Thanks Emily :)


  13. belle (tinkeringinthekitchen)
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    this looks so yummy! Ive bookmarked it ready to get the ingredients next time I brave the supermarket, thanks! Belle


  14. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    I’ve been meaning to use my slow cooker more often, and this stew looks liek the perfect excuse to take it out of its box! So much flavor! Yum!


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