I braised the chicken and vegetables in a ceramic dutch oven, but the inspiration recipe cooks it in a crock pot. Either way, this is a pretty easy and healthy recipe that you can throw together the night before or in the morning and cook all day in a crock pot or for a couple of hours in a dutch oven. I made this very mild so the spice phobe will eat it and the rest of us can add chopped chili peppers at the table, but if you don’t have any spice phobes it would certainly be better with spicy peppers cooked in it!
Braised Santa Fe Chicken Bowl
Healthy chicken breast braised with onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and corn for an easy make-ahead meal .
- 1 quart of no-salt or low-sodium chicken stock (or broth)
- 1 small sweet onion chopped (or half a large onion)
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1 large bell peppers (whatever color you like) chopped
- 2 jalapeños chopped (seeded if you want less heat)
- 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked and cut off the cob
- 1 – 14.4 oz. can of no salt added roasted tomatoes with the liquid
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or fresh, use a few sprigs and pull the stems out before serving)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast meat, sliced in quarters (can leave whole if you are willing to cook a longer time or are putting in a crock pot all day)
- 1 – 14.4 oz can of no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
- chopped romaine lettuce (about 1 cup/person)
- *Mexican brown rice (or whatever you prefer)
- approx. 1 cup of shredded mixed Mexican cheese blend (or cheddar) – Optional
- guacamole, diced tomatoes and a few pieced of chopped cilantro as a topping — optional
*Mexican Brown Rice: Cook rice with 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken broth, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and a shake of oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook according to rice package directions (I like to use a rice cooker).
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large dutch oven combine chicken stock, onions, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeños, corn, tomatoes with their liquid, and spices. Mix well and then add chicken.
- With the lid on the dutch oven, put the chicken mixture into the the oven for an hour and stir it occasionally.
- After the first hour check that it has not become too dry, there still should be plenty of liquid in there. Add the black beans and cook another 30 minutes without the lid, or until the chicken is falling apart and the liquid has mostly evaporated and the dish looks more like a stew and less like a soup.
- Remove pot from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- Serve by first layering a cup of chopped lettuce, a 1/4 – 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture, a sprinkling of cheese, a dollop of guacamole, a sprinkling of diced tomatoes and a few sprigs of cilantro.
Note: This can also be put into a tortilla and eaten like a taco; or put into corn tortillas with a spicy red Mexican sauce and melted cheese to make it enchiladas; or spread chicken mixture over tortilla chips and melt cheese over it for nachos. It would also be very nice as a vegetarian dish with extra vegetables and sub the chicken stock for vegetable stock and leave the chicken out. The possibilities are endless!
October 24, 2017