Are you struggling to find a tasty and healthy dinner recipe that doesn't require hours in the kitchen? Say no more, because we have the perfect solution: Chicken Posole Stew cooked in your slow cooker, from Amy Green, author of the Simply Sugar and Gluten Free cookbook. This delicious recipe is not only packed with nutrients, but it's also incredibly easy to make. The beauty of slow cooking is that you can prep the ingredients in the morning and come home to a delicious meal that's ready to eat. For sobbing out loud what's not to love about that?
You can make Posole a million different ways, but we're partial to this Chicken Posole Stew recipe from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.
What Is Chicken Posole Stew?
Chicken Posole Stew is a Mexican stew, originally made with pork. You can make Posole a million different ways but the one constant ingredient is hominy.
This isn't your traditional pork pozole recipe, but don't sell this plant based version short. It's full of intense flavor from lots of roasted peppers, homemade tomatillo salsa and a variety of herbs and greens. Trust me, between that and the chewy bite of the slow cooked hominy you are going to be hooked on this one too!
What Is Hominy?
Hominy is just dried corn that has been soaked until the hull can be removed. It gives this Chicken Posole Stew a rich corn tortilla flavor and makes it satisfying. Hominy is either white or yellow and can usually be found in the canned vegetable section of your grocery store.
Keeping Breast Meat Moist
Because it’s so lean, breast meat cooked in the slow cooker can get a little dry. A favorite trick of mine whenever I cook any meat is to salt it with about ½ teaspoon of kosher salt several hours before cooking – or even overnight. This helps the meat stay really nice and moist. Don’t worry about the meat being too salty. That won’t happen.
Save Time and Money with Chicken Posole Stew Cooked in Your Slow Cooker
One of the great things about using a slow cooker is the time and money you'll save. Who doesn't like saving time & money? The average American spends nearly 40+ minutes each day preparing food, and cooking dinner at home five nights per week is the norm for most households.
By using a slow cooker, you can cut down on prep time and have a hot, delicious meal waiting for you when you return home. Plus, slow cookers are energy-efficient, which means you'll also save on your energy bill.
Nutrient-Dense and Protein-Packed: The Benefits of Chicken Posole Stew
Chicken Posole Stew is not only easy and delicious but also a nutrient-dense meal. Chicken is a great source of protein that helps build and repair muscle tissue. Hominy is also packed with fiber and vitamins B and C.
Fiber regulates digestion and helps keep you feeling full, while vitamins B and C boost your immune system and protect against disease. With fewer calories and less fat, Chicken Posole Stew is a great healthy option for those watching their weight.
Other Slow Cooker Recipes To Try:
If you’re looking for more fabulous chicken dishes that can be made in the slow cooker or InstantPot, these recipes are definitely worth a try.
This creamy, delicious White Chicken Chili with Bacon is easy to pull together and can be made on the stove top, slow cooker or InstantPot.
Helathy Orange Chicken is an easy, delicious meal. It's gluten-free, simple to put together, and can be made in an InstantPot or in your slow cooker.
Make this easy, gluten-free Moroccan Chicken on the stove, in the oven, in an InstantPot or in your slow cooker. It’s delicious and so simple!
These Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos wrapped in homemade Himalayan pink salt tortillas from Hola Jalapeño to celebrate Day of the Dead flavored with dried marigold flowers, honey, chiles and lime.
If you’re a meal prepper, this stew will likely be one of your favorites. Check out my Roasted Shrimp with Lemon & Garlic and Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Bacon for easy weekday dinners or meal prep too.
Slow Cooker Chicken Posole Stew
For the stew:
- 2 bone-in chicken breasts skin removed
- 2 15 ounce cans white hominy rinsed and drained
- 3 cups chicken stock make certain it's gluten-free
- 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 3 carrots peeled and sliced into thin rounds
- 3 green onions both green and white parts, sliced thinly
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons light ancho chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons Mexican oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Chopped cilantro
- Queso Fresco or other good quality Mexican cheese (Monterey Jack would work)
- Shredded radishes (Use the large holes on your box grater)
- Sour cream
- Gluten-Free Tortilla chips
- Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put remaining ingredients in and stir the top to mix in spices. Cover and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours, or until chicken and carrots are cooked through and tender.
- Once the soup is cooked, remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks, discarding the bones. Return chicken to crock, stir to combine.
- Serve with toppings if desired.
Recipe Credit: Simply Sugar and Gluten Free via Udi’s
Frequently Asked Questions about this Slow Cooker Recipe With Chicken:
Yes, you can use a slow cooker to cook raw chicken. Crock-Pots and slow cookers are made to cook raw meat.
Yes, you can use a slow cooker to cook frozen meat, however the recommended cook time might need to be increased. It's best to thaw the meat at least partially in a microwave prior to cooking, especially if the recipe calls for the low setting.
The only significant distinction between pozole and posole is a letter. The name for this brothy, mildly spicy soup is usually contains a "z" in Mexico, its country of origin. It is often spelled with a "s" along the border and elsewhere.
While slow cooker recipes are made to cook for a long time, if they are left on a high setting for a longer period than intended, they may wind up being overcooked. Generally speaking, it's better to adhere to the cook time specified on the recipe you're using.