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Slow Cooker Chicken Verde

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

 

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 40 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 1 chicken quarter and 3/4 cup sauce)
It's not hard to make your own salsa verde, with fresher flavor and much less sodium than jarred versions: Simply blacken tomatillos, chiles, and onions; then blend.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 poblano chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 chicken leg quarters, skinned
  • 8 lime wedges
  • Oregano leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 302
  • fat 10.6 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 38.5 g
  • carbohydrate 12.8 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 175 mg
  • iron 2.3 mg
  • sodium 505 mg
  • calcium 49 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Combine first 5 ingredients, tossing to coat. Arrange mixture on a jelly-roll pan. Broil 10 minutes or until vegetables are blackened in spots. Place mixture in a blender; add cilantro, chopped oregano, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and stock. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth.

  3. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 4 chicken leg quarters; cook 5 minutes or until well browned. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining chicken. Arrange chicken in a 6-quart electric slow cooker; top with tomatillo mixture. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until done. Separate thighs and drumsticks, if desired. Serve with lime wedges; garnish with oregano leaves, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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