Simple Southern Chicken Stew {A Favorite Fall Recipe}

Gone are the sounds of crickets…hello to the sounds of college football and a crackling fire in the background. Sigh…I’m a happy girl!

The fall weather is officially arriving this week!

Now that the heat and humidity have finally ended, I have some outdoor projects that I’ll finally be able to start.

I’m making shutters for our home this fall and I can’t wait to see how much of a difference they’ll make.

One of my favorite things to cook this time of year is Chicken Stew. It’s even better the next day, but it doesn’t last very long in our house.


Simple Southern Chicken Stew {A Favorite Fall Recipe}
Serves 12
Wikipedia describes Chicken Stew (aka. Chicken Mull) as "a traditional dish from North Carolina and Georgia. It is a type of stew consisting of parboiled whole chicken in a cream or milk based broth, butter and seasoned with salt, pepper and other ingredients. Traditionally, the stew is served in the late fall and winter months. In northern Georgia, this part of the year is often referred to as "mull season". [1] Often the term "chicken stew" or "chicken mull" refers to an event or gathering where the dish is served." I describe it as comfort in a bowl.
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  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 2 whole onions, diced
  3. 2 cans evaporated milk
  4. 2 tbsp butter
  5. 2 tbsp bouillon (Better Than Bouillon brand)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a lidded pot, bring the chicken breasts to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, turn off the heat, leave the lid on and let the chicken set for 45 minutes.
  3. In a separate pan, saute your onions until they are translucent.
  4. Reserve 5-6 cups of the chicken broth.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Chop the chicken into very small chunks then add it to the broth.
  7. Add the evaporated milk, sauteed onions and bouillon.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Simmer for an hour.
  10. Garnish with shredded cheddar, diced green onions and Texas Pete.
  11. Serve with saltines.
  1. To make the stew creamier, you can add Half & Half.
Simplicity in the South
simple southern chicken stew
Don’t forget dessert!

I’d love to hear what your favorite cool-weather recipes are!

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  1. oH Tricia I had forgotten all about chicken stew…. we used to eat it while living in NC and it is one of those dishes that I miss. I do believe I’ll have to make some up this winter! The lady at church who used to make it for potlucks almost always had southern biscuits as well. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I definitely know what I’ll be making soon!

  2. Hi Tricia,
    New follower, just found you on Pinterest this morning and started following you. I am also in upstate SC. Simpsonville to be exact (well they call it Simpsonville but we are more in the Five Forks area). Anyway, I am so excited to find your blog. I love all things southern (even though I am not officially a southerner, I just pretend to be).
    I also have a 17 year old and an 11 year old, but mine are both girls.
    Are you on instagram?
    Nina Britton

    • Hi Nina! I know where Five Forks is! I love meeting people from the area through my blog. I can’t believe you found me through Pinterest.:) I have some coworkers that live in Simpsonville and my brother-in-law used to live there. We are in Spartanburg. I’m on Instagram but I need to do more with it. Right now, it’s mainly family photos that I used to make an Instagram gallery project with. But sure, follow me and I’ll follow you. My user name is Sandyflipflops. Thanks for following!

    • @sweet southern inspiration I’m waving at you from just up Woodruff Rd. From a born and raised Simpsonville girl! :o)

  3. Is this similaf to fhe chicken stew at the Beacon? I am a simpsonville/greenville girl too:-)

  4. Following you on insta and Facebook now, oh here too! Lol, I promise I am not a stalker.

  5. Following you on insta and Facebook now, oh here too! Lol, I promise I am not a stalker.

  6. This looks fantastic! Looks like something my grandmother makes, but since she never has actual recipes, I can NEVER make stuff taste like hers. I’m going to give this a shot!

  7. That sounds really great! Thanks for sharing at Soup Saturday!

  8. Anne Marie says:

    I can’t wait to give this a try! We’re from North Carolina and moved to Maryland last year. You can’t find homemade chicken stew around here. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is very similar to what we grew up eating in the foothills of NC. The only difference is whole chickens instead of breasts and we usually added onion, potato and fresh corn that was cut in the traditional three cut method to get it off the cob. Oh and it usually was a WHOLE stick of butter. Brings back glorious memories!

  10. i just love chicken stew! thank you for sharing this simple recipe. now i can wait to cook and let everyone try it..

  11. I’m from a small town in NC and after the Christmas Parade and for sometimes for fundraisers for the local fire station we have an elderly gentleman that makes 2 huge batches of this in his cast iron cauldrons, outside over a fire. Best EVER. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

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