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4.88 from 8 votes
Servings: 6

Chicken Chile Verde Stew

A simple recipe with deliciously complex flavors! Make it in the slow cooker using rotisserie chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 10 tomatillos, papery husks removed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1.5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 lb whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 15 oz cans cannellini beans, drained, but not rinsed
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • shredded monterey jack cheese, optional, for serving
  • slow cooker
  • blender


  • Set the oven to broil.
  • Place tomatillos, poblano peppers, jalapeno, and unpeeled garlic cloves onto a sheet pan.
  • Broil on the top rack of the oven, turning ingredients occasionally, for 15-20 minutes, or until skin is blackened in spots on all sides. (Note: You can remove items individually as they are ready. Remove garlic first so that it doesn't burn.)
  • Peel the skin from the roasted garlic cloves, and set the peeled cloves aside.
    Place the roasted poblanos and jalapenos into a sealable ziploc bag. Let cool, remove skin and seeds from peppers, and dice.
  • Put diced peppers, tomatillos and garlic cloves into a blender. Add chicken broth, 1/2 cup cilantro, salt, cumin, and onion powder and blend until combined. (You should end up with about 4 cups of sauce. If you have less, you can add some additional broth).
  • Pour blended mixture into a slow cooker. Add shredded rotisserie chicken and drained beans. Cook on low for several hours until ready to serve.
  • Serve topped with additional cilantro and cheese, if desired.


Cooking time: Since the chicken is already pre-cooked in this recipe, you have a lot of leeway in terms of slow cooking time. You can just keep it in the slow cooker until it's warmed through and the beans are tender (about an hour), or you can leave it in much longer if you want to prepare ahead. 
Flavor adjustments: Because of variations in the size and flavor profile of the fresh ingredients, you may want to make a few adjustments before serving. If you find the sauce too tangy or spicy at first taste, you can add additional broth to mellow it out. If you like heat, you can use two jalapenos instead of one. Note that the longer this recipe slow cooks, the more time the flavors will have to combine.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 261kcal (13%)Carbohydrates 9g (3%)Protein 34g (68%)Fat 11g (17%)Saturated Fat 3g (19%)Cholesterol 109mg (36%)Sodium 804mg (35%)Potassium 717mg (20%)Fiber 3g (13%)Sugar 5g (6%)Vitamin A 451IU (9%)Vitamin C 75mg (91%)Calcium 41mg (4%)Iron 2mg (11%)
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