Simple Supper Friday: Harvest-Spiced Chicken Stew

Yay, it’s Friday and I made it through my first week of classes … phew! My head is swarming with new information and I feel a little bit on overload, but it’s all in a good way. It actually feels nice to be back in the classroom, especially because this time, I am learning about things that I’m genuinely interested in. What’s really great is that I can directly apply this stuff at Recreate, where I assist group classes and teach yoga.

Anyway, this fall-themed, cinnamon-spiced recipe was inspired by fellow blogger, Lemons ‘N Lyme’s orange apricot ginger chicken. She posted the recipe earlier in the week and I thought it sounded so good. Plus, I love any excuse to use my slow cooker. I modified the recipe to make it my own, and despite the way it looks, it turned out spicy (not hot spicy, but spiced rather) and delicious. If you like spiced/fall flavors, you’ll enjoy this dish.


  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 small or mid-size butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 1 tartΒ apple, chopped (I used a Bramely, which is an heirloom variety)
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
  • Kale, chopped and steamed for serving


  1. Place the chicken into the slow cooker and add the squash, onion, apple, ginger and apricots.
  2. Add in the all the remaining ingredients (orange juice, spices, etc.), except the kale, and mix well with a spoon to mix the spices around.
  3. Turn slow cooker to low and let cook for 4 – 6 hours or until chicken is done. *Note: mine cooked for about 7 hours because I let it cook overnight and it turned out fine. 5 or 6 is probably ideal though, so the squash doesn’t get too soft.
  4. Serve the chicken and stew mixture on top of the kale.


20 thoughts on “Simple Supper Friday: Harvest-Spiced Chicken Stew

  1. Lemons 'n Lyme September 28, 2012 / 11:20 am

    I just happen to have a butternut squash sitting on my countertop, I’ll have to try this variation- looks delicious and I love butternut squash! πŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 12:22 pm

      I’m sure you’ll like it since it’s similar to your recipe! Thanks for the inspiration, by the way πŸ˜‰

  2. EverdayLivingPNW September 28, 2012 / 11:33 am

    I love love love crockpot recipes, so simple and tasty! May have to try this one…

  3. paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    That makes two of us! Crock Pot recipes are my best friend πŸ™‚

  4. Cinnamoneats September 28, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    Now that I have my own slow cooker I can start making these yummy recipes of yours πŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 7:29 pm

      Slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever! You will love having one — so handy!

      • Cinnamoneats September 28, 2012 / 7:32 pm

        Thanks I know I’m super excited to have one now. I remember my mum using one all the time when we were younger. Do you have any go to blog/websites that you use for recipes. I’ve been looking online and there’s so many out there not sure what’s good and what’s not!

      • paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 7:35 pm

        Not really, half the time I just throw stuff in there and it always turns out good! Meat cooked in the slow cooker is the best — it’s tender and moist and you can do shredded meat too. PaleOMG does have some awesome looking slow cooker recipes on her blog though … I think I’ve made a couple of them. Also, there’s a new book out called, Paleo Slow Cooking that’s supposed to be great. I haven’t looked at it yet, but have heard good things.

      • Cinnamoneats September 28, 2012 / 7:38 pm

        Ahhh thanks I’ll have a look at PaleOMG, I’ve heard about the book too, might have to pick it up πŸ™‚

  5. rachel September 28, 2012 / 8:35 pm

    come cook for me ? πŸ™‚ I still need to email you back…still so many thoughts and wonderings 😦

    • paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 8:37 pm

      I’d cook for you anytime, Rachel πŸ˜‰ Email me back whenever you get a chance, but take your time … there’s no rush. I can imagine you still have a lot of thoughts. There’s much to think about and consider. Let me know how I can help!

  6. glutenfreemuse September 28, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    That looks so good! Reminds me of this moroccan lamb stew I’ve made :-). I’ll throw this in the mix for our weekly dinners! So cool you live in Portland by the way…until I’m able to visit I’ll continue to watch portlandia for my fill πŸ˜‰

    • paleoinpdx September 28, 2012 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks, I hope you like it when you try it out … let me know! Portland is a rad city and I’m grateful to live here. Take advantage of a visit if you ever get the chance. Meanwhile, Portlandia is a great (and funny!) way to see different parts of the city πŸ˜‰

  7. glutenfreemuse September 28, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Ooh! This reminds me of a Moroccan lamb stew I once made, but healthier :-). I’ll make it for dinner this week and let you know the results! I love the idea of Portland. Never been but I get my fill for now watching portlandia πŸ˜‰

  8. Rebecca July 16, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Would it work to toss the ingredients into the freezer in a ziplock for no-prep meal later on?

    • paleoinpdx July 16, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it would work great with this recipe.

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