A hearty flavourful Chicken Meatball Stew hits the ‘comfort food’ spot with lots of veggies and tender meatballs in a herby sauce. Only 30 minutes and even easier with pre-made or frozen meatballs.
If you’ve ever had chicken stew or chicken pot pie, you will recognize the similarities to this recipe. The main difference is the chicken meatballs instead of chicken pieces. And chicken pot pies take longer to make because of the baking time for the crust.
One trick I use is to double the chicken meatball recipe and freeze half of it for another recipe like Chicken Paprikash Meatballs or Cocktail Chicken Meatballs (see pictures below). You can also make these meatballs a day or two ahead then finish the stew on another night. I love these meatballs because the texture is great – light, juicy and soft – and they are very tasty. The fresh parsley really brightens them up. I use dark minced chicken meat instead of white as it’s more flavourful and moist (I know I say this a lot).
As with any stew, there’s a lot of versatility and I’ve given several suggestions for changes below. Suffice it to say, Chicken Meatball Stew is a simple satisfying yummy make ahead meal served with some crusty bread, biscuits or salad.
Tailor To Your Taste
- Use other vegetables like butternut squash, green beans, snap peas, frozen peas.
- Try poultry seasoning instead of the thyme and rosemary.
- Use your favourite beef or pork meatballs. With beef meatballs, consider using beef broth instead of chicken broth.
- Make a vegetarian version by using tofu or a meatball substitute and vegetarian broth.
- Add a puff pastry sheet on top and bake in an ovenproof skillet or dish at 400F for 25 minutes to make a Chicken Meatball and Vegetable Pot Pie. (you can under cook the meatballs in the oven for this option).
- Use fresh herbs instead of dried. For 1 teaspoon dried, use 1 tablespoon fresh.
- Use your favourite frozen meatballs or homemade meatballs if you have some in the freezer. Just cook them before adding to the vegetables and sauce.
- Instead of dicing all the vegetables, pulse them in two batches in a food processor to chop into small pieces.
- Use frozen vegetables and cut the cooking time way down.
Here are two other popular chicken meatball recipes meals you can make with the same meatball recipe: