Saturday, January 7, 2012

Spicy Mexican Chicken Stew

I'm calling this Mexican Chicken Stew because really, I couldn't figure out a better descriptor.  I'm kind of lazy, and don't feel like getting cutesy with the name.  But it was good.  And easy.  And about as healthy as you can get.  There are plenty of leftovers, this probably makes enough to serve 6-8.  I made it in the crockpot but you cold make it on the stovetop too, no problem.  It would be great served with sliced avocado, sour cream, or shredded cheese.  We had none of the above and it was still great.  I had planned on making this because, hey, it's January, and it's cold and wintery outside!  Except it's not!  It's 60 degrees!  So we had some hot filling stew on a 60 degree day... oops!  Oh well.  Beats shoveling snow and digging icicles out of your dog's paws right?

Spicy Mexican Chicken Stew
2 chicken breasts, skinless/boneless, bone in skin on, whatever you got
1 14.5 ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
8 ounces of green tomatillo sauce
2 1/2 cups chicken stock, reduced sodium, or homemade
2 cups of chopped carrots
3 or 4 celery stalks, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup salsa
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp minced garlic
squeeze of lime, or lime juice, if you have it

Throw all your chopped veg into the crockpot, then pour in your tomatillo sauce, salsa, fire roasted tomatoes, chicken stock, beans, seasonings, garlic, lime juice, and stir well.  Then put your chicken in, and try to submerse it under the liquid but not so it's touching the bottom.  Cook on low for 7 hours or so.  When it's finished, shred the chicken with a fork and give it a big stir, and serve with whatever accoutrements you want!  I actually served this with some flax quesadillas based on this recipe which I actually hated but I'll admit, having something resembling a tortilla was kind of cool.  But still, I hated it.  Then again, the taste of flax is very overpowering to me and I think it tastes like snot, or what I think snot would taste like.  Ugh yuck, I hate flax.  But if you like it, or don't mind it (then I apologize for saying it tastes like snot) then try out the recipe!  Lots of fiber and all those ALA's!

So now the house smells like spicy stew and I have lots of leftovers for S to eat over the next couple days which makes me inexplicably happy.  Yayy!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  XoXoGFG


  1. that sounds so yummy! Except for the flax. LOL. I try to eat it but I'm afraid I don't love flax, either. :)

  2. hey dawn! i know i wish i liked it. although i guess chia is probably a better choice anyways!