The Race Towards Verde Chicken Stew

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It’s been a while since I made the decision to give up cable TV and use just the regular antenna for TV viewing. I haven’t missed it much since I never watched a ton of TV to begin with. I do enjoy not having the monthly bill to pay. Cha-ching. It’s never the service itself that is expensive. It’s all the box rentals that inflate it to the ridiculous level.

Now that all the usual shows are re-runs, The Kid and I have been exploring other shows to watch that we’ve never seen before. I’ve been enjoying a bunch of Gordon Ramsay shows and a few other cooking shows. Somehow we’ve managed to miss The Amazing Race until just the past couple weeks. We started from the most recent season and are working our way backwards.

When the teams on screen get to the roadblocks, we call out which one of us will do that challenge and of course describe our technique on how we would do it if there. The other day while watching an episode, The Kid said that we need to go on the show. I assumed she was joking but she has now done her research and is making a plan.

Apparently you have to be 21 to go on the show so she is mapping out what we need to learn over the next 7 years to prepare. She’s suggesting each of us learn a language, practice rock climbing, and weekly running so we are fast. I’m actually impressed. Of course, it awesome that she’s putting together a plan, but that she is adventurous to want to do it to begin with. How cool would that be?!

Thankfully she’s also pretty adventurous in her eating. As long as it is at home and not at a new restaurant. Go figure that restriction. I love stews and soups since they usually make larger batches with plenty to eat right away and freeze some for later. I decided to try a stew this time with lots of veggies that I had on hand from the farmer’s market.

The Kid said it smelled like tacos. If you want a spicier soup, you can use a jalapeno instead of the anaheim peppers. You can also change up the veggies and use celery, different colored sweet peppers, or whatever your family enjoys. In case you are wondering about the randomness of 3/4 cup of chicken broth, it’s what I had left in the can from this recipe.

You can definitely use more broth in place of the water. I just didn’t want to open another can.;-)

Verde Chicken StewVerde Chicken Stew

  • 2 anaheim chile peppers
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 29 oz can hominy, drained and rinsed

Preheat the broiler on your oven and line a large cookie sheet with tin foil. Slice the ananheim chiles in half and remove the seeds. Remove the husks on the tomatillos and slice into large chunks. You don’t have to be exact on the chunks, just make them approximately the same size.

Place the tomatillos and chiles on the cookie sheet and broil for 10 – 15 minutes until they start to char and turn black. Remove from the oven to cool for just a bit. In a blender or food processor, combine the cilantro, cumin, oregano and broth. Add the chiles and tomatillos and pulse a few times until most of the chunks are broken up.

Add the olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, red pepper, and carrots. Saute for about 5 minutes until the carrots slightly soften. Push the veggies over to one side and add the chicken chunks. Saute the chicken for 7 minutes or so, stirring them every now and then, until they are cooked almost completely.

Add the garlic to the chicken mixture and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Pour in the water and tomatillo mixture. Add the hominy and bring the stew to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir every now and then to mix things up. Makes approximately 9 cups of soup at 183 calories per cup.

You can top your stew with cheese, avocado slices, fritos, sour cream, and so on if you want to get fancy. I thought about using beans but opted for hominy instead. This is the first time I’ve ever tried hominy. It was so easy and didn’t require any prep like soaking or pre-cooking beans does. Just drain and rinse and you’re ready to go.

The Kid and I have made an agreement that she must do the last challenge in the race. That challenge always involves heights and climbing or bungee jumping. There is no way I could do that. Each member of the team needs to do the same number of challenges during the race, so we’ll have to plan ahead. 😉

Would you consider going on The Amazing Race? Have you ever tried hominy?

PS – My horrible photo taking skills does not do the stew justice. When I heat up the leftovers, I’m going to make a second attempt to improve the picture. Wish me luck!

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