Friday, October 22, 2010

Foodie Friday... Mexican Chicken Stew


I have a bad tendency to go-go-go until my body basically says "nope, no mas- not doing it anymore". With a plethora of weddings, birthdays, and traveling these past few weeks, I finally reached that point on Tuesday. Luckily I didn't get full blown sick, but had to take a time out to sleep (about 22 hours in two days, in fact).

I hate canned chicken soup, so I made this super easy recipe Wednesday instead. I have to say- it was so simple that it wasn't even a chore to make while not feeling well. And it was packed with tons of flavor. This is definitely a keeper due to it's equal parts of deliciousness and simplicity.  Oh, and odds are you have everything you need without a trip to the store (if you keep chicken in the freezer like I do).

Crockpot Mexican Chicken Stew {from Allrecipes}
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) can chili beans (I left these out bc I didn't have any and it was still tasty)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12 oz) can or bottle of beer*
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatos with green chilis, undrained (I used Rotel- one can of medium and one can of hot)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Any additional accoutrements that tickle your fancy (I used cheese and avocado)
  1. Mix all ingredients but chicken together in the crock pot.
  2. Submerge chicken in mexicany goodness.
  3. Cook on low for five hours.
  4. Remove chicken from crock pot, shred with two forks, return to pot.
  5. Serve, preferably with warm cornbread muffins.
Told ya it was easy. The one can of hot Rotel in this definitely spiced things up, so if you like things milder, you may want to stick with two cans of medium or mild.

*I know the key to feeling better is to hydrate, and yes, this recipe does have a smidge of dehydrating alcohol in it. While beer doesn't have the same healing properties as OJ (well, probably equal healing properties just in different ways), it is a clear liquid.  Okay fine. I guess the best I can do is that the alcohol probably cooks out after five hours, right?

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