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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spicy Chicken Stew

This is a brand new recipe for our family and already I see it making its way onto our Family Favorites list. We all loved it! It has the perfect mix of spices to make it delicious and interesting bite after bite. I found the recipe here and love how I can change it up each time by using whatever vegetables I need to. (In this case I didn't have carrots but needed to use up some celery and summer squash, to add to the frozen corn.)

The original recipe makes this in the crock pot, but could just as easily be made on the stove top. It would also be yummy without the chicken.

Depending on what's available I have served it with cheese, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, avocados, and tortilla chips.

Note on spiciness: For our family's tastes I have found that half the amount of spices is more than sufficient. If it ends up too spicy I add canned tomatoes and/or tomato sauce until it's more mild.

Spicy Chicken Stew

2 baking potatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into chunks (3 1/3 c.)
1 (10 oz.) package frozen sweet corn
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (1 c.)
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (12.5 oz.) jar salsa
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chile powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, halved (about 1 lb.) and 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 10.5 oz.) (I used home-bottled chicken instead, which also gave me the broth I needed.)
2 1/2 c. chicken broth

Place potatoes, corn, celery, carrots, onion and garlic in slow cooker. Stir in salsa, salt, cumin, chile powder, and pepper. Distribute chicken evenly on top of vegetables and pour chicken broth over chicken. Cover slow cooker and cook stew on high for 4 hours.

Transfer chicken to a plate and shred with two forks into bite-size chunks; return to slow cooker. Serve warm.

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