Slow Cooker Christmas Eve Chicken stew

It is my husbands family tradition to have a Christmas eve stew after the men have been to the pub for a drink. A tradition I am more than happy to carry on and pass down to my children just like his mum and his nan have done.

He remembers sitting playing card games with his Nanny and then as they got older this turned into a midnight feast made by his mum after a few drinks or more (especially during his teenage years)… and now as an adult the tradition continues in our house. It was one of the first meals he actually cooked for me one Christmas eve after I’d finished a long shift at work and if we are lucky enough to spend Christmas with his family us ladies sit around playing games with the kids while the men go off to the pub.

I love a tradition I think it gives the meaning to Christmas.

Nothing beats a warming chicken stew at this time of year and its so easy to make and full of healthy foods. This is how I make mine….

Simply add all the prepared ingredients into a slow cooker or large pan if you do not have a slow cooker. Add the flour and coat the ingredients. Add the stock and herbs. Put on high and leave to cook while you get on with your day. If cooking on the hob do as above but leave to simmer gently on a low heat for 1.5-2hrs or more (depending on how late the drinking goes on till), stirring occasionally. Add more stock if needed.

Serves 4-5

Ready in 8 hours slow cooked


  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • Half a small swede diced into 1-2cm chunks
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 4 potatoes diced into 1-2cm chunks
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Sprinkle of dried oregano and thyme and some seasoning
  • 500mls chicken stock
  • 1tbsp of wholemeal flour (I used wholemeal spelt flour)


  • Dice all your veg into 2cm sized pieces
  • Place into your slow cooker
  • Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker
  • Add your bay leaves and dried herbs and seasoning
  • Sprinkle over your flour and coat the vegetables and chicken with the flour
  • Add your stock and set your slower cooker on low
  • Leave to cook through out the day and serve when ready!

What traditions do you all have as a family. Are there ones you have started yourselves? I’d love to hear them.

Jaimee x

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