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Rustic Mexican Stew

  • 25 m
  • 30 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“A fiesta-in-a-bowl, this stew gets vibrant colors and flavor from scallions, carrots, jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro and a whole ear of corn. Top it with diced avocado, hot sauce or salsa.”


    • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 scallions, sliced, white and green parts divided
    • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1 ear of corn, husked and cut into 4 pieces
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • 1 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • 2 Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, scallion whites, carrot, jalapeno, salt and pepper to the pot and stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Uncover, add cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, corn and the cooked chicken; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a slow simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in scallion greens, lime juice and cilantro.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Add all the ingredients except the cilantro. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat; stir in cilantro before serving.
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