Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

Pretty much as long as I've known my husband, I've been hearing about the wonders of New Mexican green chile. "It's delicious! It boosts your metabolism! It cures all ailments!" And these statements are mostly true. Fact: green chile contains high amounts of both vitamin A and vitamin C, making this recipe perfect for boosting your immune system on cold winter days.

For this recipe you will need:

  3 medium to large chicken breasts
  3  4 oz cans roasted green chile  (fresh or frozen is preferable, but we can only get canned around here)
  2  14 oz cans Trader Joe's diced tomatoes with roasted green chile (these have a really good, intense green chile flavor, so we highly recommend using this if you can find it, but regular diced tomatoes can be substituted)
  2  32 oz boxes chicken broth (one low sodium, one regular)
  3 medium-sized yellow onions
  12 cloves garlic, chopped
  5 new potatoes, chopped (whatever kind is in season is fine)
  2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1 teaspoon onion powder
  1 teaspoon cumin
  2 teaspoons green chile powder (if you can't find this at your local grocery store, you can order it online)
  salt and pepper
  cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's is preferable)
  olive oil

Season chicken breasts liberally with cajun seasoning. Cook in frying pan with olive oil over medium-high heat until cooked through with a good crust on each side.

While chicken is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot. Add onion, jalapenos, salt and pepper, and cook until onion is soft (3-4 minutes). Add green chile. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, green chile powder, and majority of chicken stock, reserving 1 cup. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover.

When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan. Add remaining chicken stock to hot pan, scraping bottom to deglaze. Add this liquid to stock pot with other ingredients. Chop chicken breasts and add to pot, as well as teaspoon of cumin.

Let simmer for 45 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

My contribution to this meal was cornbread, which was based on the Georgia Brown's recipe (with a couple tweaks).

For this recipe, you will need:

  3 eggs
  2 cups buttermilk
  1/2 cup corn oil
  1/2 cup melted butter
  2 cups cornmeal
  2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  1 cup honey
  1 teaspoon salt
  1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients until well-blended (but don't overmix!). Pour into baking greased baking dishes and cook until golden brown (about 30 minutes).

This meal is great for a crowd, because you can make it beforehand. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


  1. ooh these would be splendid on a cold cold day!

  2. mmmmm super yummy! will have to try this out.

  3. Mmmmmmmm. making me huuuuuuungry!


  4. I'm so going to make this next week
    Thanks for sharing!


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  6. That stew looks delicious. Perfect for cold nights. :)SarahD

  7. Hmm... It is a middle of the night and I'm hungry. Looks delicious.

  8. YUM! the cornbread looks fantastic! I mean the soup does too, but that cornbread's literally jumping off the screen at me.

  9. whoa... these look so yummy..
    maybe i'll try some..
    thanks for sharing darl..


  10. Yumyumyumyumyum. Especially with cornbread, that shit is delish!

  11. sounds so yummy! it's the perfect winter comfort food. i'll give it a try this weekend :)

  12. ooer I'm craving for some soup now. yum! I havent eaten breakfast yet:p

  13. that looks delicious!! but i could never make that. everytime i cook i make a disguisting mess. :(


  14. That corn bread looks delish! And yeah, spicy food does increase your meatbolism ;) I used to hate the spicy feeling but kinda got used to it and like it now! I eill def try the soupp yummm, theres nothing like soup on winter days!

  15. I appreciate anything spicy, so this recipe is my current must-try! :o)
    Thanks for sharing!


  16. I'll try to do it! but is difficult to find all the ingredients! thanks for sharing!

  17. Sounds soo yummy!! Happy Sunday xx

  18. I will SO have to pass this one on to my husband (he's the cook). Looks FABULOUS!