Easy Green Chile, Tomatillo and Chicken Stew

Friday night found me with Manservant arriving home late. Well, that is nothing new especially when he is dependent on an airplane. He flew in from Plano, (how exciting!) and barely made it out before the rains came forth. Anticipating this and his need for a real meal, I decided to make this stew, that was actually called a mole, but I think stew is more appropriate. It worked out perfectly, because it reheats perfectly in the microwave. Understand this kitchen closes by 8, and I prefer all dishes stashed by then. He made it by 8:45, and his plate was waiting.

It was a quick weekend of packing and repacking, and now he should be in Korea, though I haven’t received the phone call. He will be there this week, then he will fly to China and see Alex OdieSan. I am not happy that I am not on this trip! Manservant has explicit instructions to take pictures of Number 1 son’s apartment and to take his roommates out for dinner. He best comply or else! Said trip also includes a visit to an old friend of his in Shenzhen, where he tells me he will take Alex for the best spa treatment ever. I feel I deserve the same, only mine will probably cost a lot more than both of theirs!

Halloween will find me at a friend’s house, which is good. I always get a bit forlorn when I remember the special ‘Ween’s of the past. We live in a small neighborhood, but we always got together on Halloween. The older kids would take the younger ones around treating, as the adults ate and talked and maybe drank. We would then always get first dibs on the best candy they brought home, if we were lucky. Of course we never got lucky!  Usually that meant getting a teensy Mound’s bar, but no Hershey’s or Reese’s!

There is one other reason that it may not be best to be here for Halloween. It seems my pumpkin is quickly disappearing.

My remarkable and quickly growing puppy, has taken up residence on the table behind the couch, and getting quite agitated every time Mr. Squirrel comes in for a bite. Of course I am getting quite agitated, keeping him off the couch! And P.S. I just learned there are more Siberian tigers in the world than Skye terriers!


But back to this chicken. I decided spur of the moment to make it and it required tomatillos. Not being near the grocery that had them and being too lazy to go and get them, I kind of punted. It was a good punt and I scored. Instead of tomatillos I used two jars of salsa. One was a green chile and the other a tomatillo. What a simple way to do business! The chicken could also be substituted with turkey. Yes, that season will soon be upon us!

This would be a perfect meal  for Halloween. It reheats very well, keeps a long time on the stove top or even in the oven, and isn’t too spicy for the little ones. This is great as tacos, but we enjoyed it as is, with beans and rice. A squeeze of fresh lime gives this an extra punch. I’ve been munching on it all week and it even gets better as the flavors have a chance to meld together. Buying a rotisserie chicken will save you several steps and a lot of time. I did brown and stew my own chicken, but no worries. Buy the chicken if you want and just remove the skin and bones and add the meat to the stew.

Have a great holiday and don’t let the squirrels get your pumpkin! Those little goblins have big teeth!

Green Chile, Tomatillo and Chicken Stew
Time to Make: About 30 minutes to prep and 2.5 hours to cook
Serves 6
1  whole chicken, cut up into pieces
1 jar of green chile salsa
1 jar of tomatillo salsa or salsa verde
1 T olive oil
1 large thinly sliced onion
6 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 12 oz can of beer
2 c chicken stock (I like Better than Bouillon)
1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated
2 limes, juiced
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 300. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Sear, without crowding pot, until golden brown on all sides. Reserve on a platter.

Reduce heat to medium and add the onion, and garlic to the pot and cook until brown, about 7 minutes. Deglaze Dutch oven with the beer and bring to a simmer. Then add salsas and chicken stock. Return to a simmer and add the chicken and cilantro stems. Cover and place on the middle rack in oven. Cook until the meat is tender and falling off the bone, about 2 hours.

Remove chicken from the sauce and let cool until you can handle it. Remove the cilantro stems and discard. Place Dutch oven over medium heat and simmer uncovered until the liquid is reduced by almost half. This should take about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro leaves and lime juice. Adjust seasoning as necessary. Once the chicken is cool enough remove the skin and meat from the bone. Shred and place back in the sauce. Rewarm chicken in the sauce and serve.

Other great stews:

Portuguese Chicken Stew
Carne Asada
Brazilian Coconut Lime Shrimp Stew

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  • mjskit
    November 9, 2015 at 2:15 am

    You know that I'm in heaven with this dish! WOW! Love this green chile chicken stew!!!!

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    November 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Love a good chicken stew! Your stories are so funny- you crack me up!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    November 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great stew Abbe! Though I can't find tomatillos here, I always hope they will appear in the market one day, just like kale finally did. Your stories always make me laugh, and that dog gets cuter by the minute!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Mama
    November 1, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I love your Dog! Prize pic with the squirrel even though he was being mischievous okay maybe annoying.
    The stew looks like THE best. Perfect for fall. Well actually it would be perfect for me any time.

  • Adam J. Holland
    October 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Now you just hold your horses about Plano! It has a Ruth's Chris, a Chuy's and P.F. Chang's. It doesn't get more exciting than that! — I'm submitting your name to become an honorary Mexican. This recipe is more authentic than you might know. And it looks great!

  • Liz Berg
    October 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Your stew looks incredible! And always love updates on the pup! We had a fall when all our pumpkins were attacked by squirrels–so annoying. Now go book that spa appt. You deserve it!!

  • mimi rippee
    October 31, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Oh I love this! I love every part of it!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    October 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I just wish the squirrels would eat the whole thing and not leave such a mess behind 🙂 What a delicious welcome home for your hubby. A comforting and delicious recipe. Your pooch looks so cute perched up there on the table watching over his domain.

  • Laura Dembowski
    October 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    This looks so comforting for the fall and winter! I just love watching squirrels eat pumpkins – so cute.

  • Pam
    October 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    The chicken looks and sounds great, perfect for this time of year! And your puppy is adorable, I'd spoil him rotten!

  • Bam's Kitchen
    October 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

    This looks like perfect comfort food to me. I know my chli chasing boys would love it. Pinned to my chicken a bizillion ways board.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    October 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I'd be more upset that I wasn't at the dinner with #1 son and his mates. What fun that would be. There are no squirrels in Australia but they'd call them skweerils anyway.

    That would be a wonderful stew or mole whichever name you want to give it and substituting the salsa was a brilliant idea!

  • Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com)
    October 30, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Your puppy is too cute! And I love that you have left the pumpkin out for the squirrels. Hope you have a happy Halloween and this dish sounds great for a cool night 🙂

  • La Table De Nana
    October 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Our squirrels are ferocious Pumpkin eaters too.I've mentioned I ahte squrrels and I do..the populatin is more than people here I am ceratin..Doggie looks happy..is it sunny there? caro's Ray..seeks the sun and warmth too..
    I've never made this dish..looks like comfort food..

    Poor you staying behind!
    This would ahve been a trip you would have enjoyed..

    Fingers crossed for pics and skype for u:)

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 30, 2015 at 2:16 am

      So…what did they taste like? The room I work in is never very sunny because it faces North, but he likes the activity! If he could chase the birds he would!

  • Biz
    October 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    That dish is right up my alley! Yum! At my old house I used to get hundreds of trick or treaters – the first year at our house (nearly 14 years ago!) I only got three, and that's because I had to call my neighbors grand kids from across the street to come over and I split the 10 bags of candy I had between them.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 30, 2015 at 2:13 am

      We never get many trick or treaters. That is why it is better that I am gone! How much fun yyou must have had! I am never very good at sharing candy!

  • Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Yummy mole Abbe! It really looks like a dish I would love. I'm with you – dishes and dinner must be done – well before 8:00! Love your squirrel photo and the puppy photo and the "stew" photos! Enjoy your Halloween at friends! We're going to our daughters house to see the grandson off on his adventure. Take care!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 30, 2015 at 2:11 am

      Have fun with your grandson! Lucky you! I know you probably made great treats for him! And everyone else…

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    October 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Abbe, I love all the components of this stew. How wonderful to treat your husband to this before he left. Doesn't look like you are going to have much of that pumpkin left by Halloween. Take care!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 30, 2015 at 2:10 am

      They are now starting on pumpkin #2! I should probably take them away! Thanks Cheri!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    October 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Very cute puppy picture! We don't even bother getting pumpkins anymore. We bring one home and put it outside, only to find the squirrels lined up, patiently waiting, napkins tucked under their little chins.They demolish it in no time. Good punt on the recipe — I put salsa in so many things. I'd love to find a plate of this waiting for me!

  • Karen Harris
    October 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    This looks so good! Perfect for a chilly fall evening. Love your photos of your beautiful dish and your critters!

  • Mary Frances
    October 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This looks so good, Abbe! I'm excited to buy groceries today to make chicken stew for dinner.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Sounds good to me Mary! Enjoy!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    October 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I love this recipe. Pinned. And now that I have your address I won't have to hunt you down when you make wonderful recipes like this. 😉 That little pup is adorable and I can't wait to meet him, and of course you too! He's getting those ears and I'm surprised they take so long to grow.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      I don't think we live too apart! The ears are there, but it takes about 2 years before all his hair is grown! Can't wait to meet you Lea Ann!

  • Angie Schneider
    October 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Now that's a stew, Abbe. Delicious, warming and soul-satisfying..just what I would love for a cold rainy day.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Well, I hope there aren't to many cold, rainy days, but either way this does take the chill off! Thanks, Angie!

  • Sharon D
    October 29, 2015 at 3:12 am

    That is a heavenly-looking stew, Abbe. Comforting for the soul. It's soul food. If I'm left all alone at home for some reason, I would be very happy to sit in front of the TV with a meal like this to keep me company.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Sharon! Just give me a good book, a fire and this! Bet you don't have many fireplaces there, do you?