Slow-Cooker Charred Chile Verde Chicken

Slow-Cooker Charred Chile Verde Chicken

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From: Everyday Slow Cooker

Chile verde is a Mexican green chile sauce made with tomatillos, garlic and hot peppers. Here, the sauce is poured over chicken quarters and infuses them with a sweet spice as the dish slowly cooks. Don't skip charring the vegetables—it's key to opening up their bold flavors and giving the sauce its iconic dark green color. Garnish your slow-cooker salsa verde chicken with thinly sliced jalapeño chiles and fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 poblano chile (about 6 ounces), stemmed and seeded
  • 1 jalapeño chile, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 small white onion, quartered
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 small chicken leg quarters (about 2¼ pounds), skinned
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice


  • Prep

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  1. Preheat the broiler with the oven rack 6 inches from the heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place the tomatillos, garlic, poblano, jalapeño and onion quarters on the prepared pan; broil until well charred and blistered, 8 to 10 minutes, turning the vegetables halfway through. Process the charred vegetables, any pan juices, stock, oregano, salt, cumin and pepper in a blender until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  3. Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray, and add the chicken; pour the tomatillo mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender, about 4 hours. Serve the chicken and tomatillo mixture over the rice.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup rice, 1 chicken leg quarter, ¼ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 362 calories; 9 g fat(2 g sat); 5 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 524 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

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