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Stewing Hen in a crockpot

How To Cook A Stewing Hen

Cooking a stewing hen shows love and honor for a bird who has given its all during its life as an egg layer. Best cooked low and slow in a crockpot which will result in a fabulous broth and tender meat!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Additional Time For Cooking Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 1 hour
Total Time 13 hours 5 minutes
Course broth, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 137 kcal


  • Crockpot


  • 1 stewing hen
  • water enough to cover the ingredients in the crockpot
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 celery cut into a few pieces
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped into 2" pieces
  • few whole black peppercorns I just sprinkled a few in

For Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  • 4-6 cups Stewing Hen broth
  • ¾-1 cup wild rice
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 celery cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1.5 cups Stewing hen meat picked off the bones
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


To Cook The Stewing Hen

To Make Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  • Add the stewing hen broth and wild rice to a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Lower to a simmer, and cook until the wild rice is tender, around 45-50 minutes.
  • Add the cut up carrots and celery for the last 10 minutes of the time your rice is cooking. Cook the vegetables until softened.
  • Add the stewing hen meat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Chicken and wild rice soup


Everything presented here can be followed directly or used as guidelines.  Feel free to mix things up!  Add other vegetables, herbs or seasonings as you desire.  The main thing is to feel good about being able to honor the life of the stewing hen!
You will enjoy great flavorful broth and delicious tender meat when cooked low and slow in the crockpot.  
Use the broth wherever chicken broth is called for and the meat can be thrown into enchiladas or quesadillas, for example.  Or you can utilize both in a fantastic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!


Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 41mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5192IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword broth, Chicken, Soup, stew
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