For a hearty dinner of fix-and-forget chicken stew, use a high-quality salsa to save time without skimping on flavor; choose a jar with a short ingredient list. This chicken recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
8 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place beans in a large bowl; cover with water by several inches. Refrigerate, covered, overnight; drain. (To quick soak, cover beans in a large saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 1 hour; drain.)

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  • Preheat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  • Place beans, salsa, chiles, flour, and 1 cup water in the slow cooker. Season chicken with salt and pepper; arrange on top of bean mixture. Scatter onion and bell pepper on top of chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours (or on high for 4 hours).

  • Transfer chicken from slow cooker to a large plate. Using two forks, shred chicken into large pieces; return to stew. Serve with sour cream, jalapeno, hot sauce, and tortilla strips.

Reviews (65)

272 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 106
  • 3 star values: 56
  • 2 star values: 24
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2017
I don't understand why you use twice the amount of water for the canned beans versus dried beans. Seems like it would be the other way where you use more water for dried beans. Am I missing something?
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02/02/2016
This is really, really good. Once cooked, I took the chicken off the bone and added a T arrow root to make it a little thicker, and served it over rice. Next time I make it, I think I'll brown the chicken first, for appearance.
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10/04/2015
I like this recipe. Made it once with pinto beans and once with canned white kidney beans. I preferred the canned beans. Tomorrow I make it with canned black beans because that's what I have on hand, and I don't feel like running to the grocery store.
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Rating: Unrated
05/03/2015
I loved this recipe but I always used the oven variation method that was provided, and I prefer to do it that way in the future. However, that variation seems to have been removed from the recipe. I cannot remember how many cans of beans, how much more liquid was required (I know it was more) and the oven temperature and cooking time. Does anybody have a printed version that could give me the answers?
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2014
We liked this. I soaked the beans the night before, but I don't know that I had to do that. It turned out fine that way. Be careful with the adobo chilis. Add too much, or don't rinse and take the seeds out and your dish could end up too hot. I served it with rice, queso blanco and sour cream. Leftovers were had today with tortillas. Super easy to make, very economical, and tasty.
Rating: Unrated
11/05/2014
This is great but you need to soak the beans overnight. I used chicken thighs with the skin and bone and removed them when I shredded the meat.
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2013
This turned out excellent. I used only and exactly the ingredients listed (doubled for my large family). One review suggested the beans be cooked on high heat because they weren't pre-soaked. I never opened the lid or stirred the pot. I let it cook for 8 hours and pulled the chicken out. The chicken was so moist. I tasted the beans to see how done they were and some still had a bite to them while others were fully cooked. I fixed this by stirring the beans and cooking for 20 more minutes.
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2013
I feel as though there is an error in how the recipe is written. 8 hours on low doesn't always cook dried beans enough. I would suggest soaking your beans overnight and cooking 8 hours. Or cook un-soaked beans for 6 hours on high. I'm surprised the recipe doesn't suggest pre-soaking the beans. Other than that the dish is fabulous, good over rice, in tacos, or in burritos as well. I added a palm full of cumin and chili powder to mine. Recipe doubles easily for a crowd or lots of leftovers!
Rating: Unrated
03/30/2013
Great flavour and spicy stew!! I like a little more veggie in my meals so mixed in potatoes and carrots with the salsa and beans - delicious. I also used canned pinto beans rather than dried. Works just as well if not better. Thanks Martha, another reliable recipe to add to my slow cooker menu.
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01/03/2012
My family loved this recipe and asked me to add it to my list of recipes to make again...and again...and again. I'm not a "slow cooker" so I did the oven variation. It was so easy and so delicious I'm telling my family and friends to try it.
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09/26/2011
This came out great. Lots of flavor, a good amount of spice, and the chicken came out tender cooked this way. This is good over rice.
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05/27/2011
This was delicious and SO easy. I love a good "throw it all in the pot and let it cook all day" meal. And this fits the bill. I liked that you didn't have to soak the beans first either. I was skeptical about that, but they were tender. One thing to remember- the heat of chipotle in adobo can sneak up on you. So you may want to go light on your first time making it and see how much you can take. I do love the smokey flavor it adds to the stew.
Rating: Unrated
02/15/2011
I have been making this recipe since it appeared a couple of years ago in Everyday Food Magazine. I use canned beans and use the oven method in the "Helpful Hint" above. I also use chicken broth. I use skinless/boneless chicken thighs and trim all the fat from them. Sometimes I omit the chiles in Adobo, as my husband doesn't like food that is too spicy but I use a good medium spicy salsa. This freezes well, too.
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01/27/2011
This was so easy to make and delicious. I didn't soak the beans and it came out perfect after 8 hrs. Kids loved this and asked for it in their lunch boxes. Now that's a winner.
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01/25/2011
This is a great meal with burrito leftovers. You MUST soak the beans the night before and use chicken broth if you have it.
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01/16/2011
We love this recipe.We serve it with lime tortilla chips. Yum!
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01/16/2011
We love this recipe.We serve it with lime tortilla chips. Yum!
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01/08/2011
Does anybody know if this can be made in a pressure cooker? If so, how long, etc? I have made this in the crock pot and it was very good!
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12/17/2010
The first time this was burned and we had to throw it out. This time the beans are still not cooked and have been cooking for almost 10 hours. The recipe did not say to soak the beans. Is it missing a step? I am doubtful of making this again.
Rating: Unrated
07/20/2010
This was SO good! The beans definitely need to be soaked overnight. They were pretty crunchy but my husband and I still loved it. Next time I will only use 1 T of chipotle chiles. Can't wait to make this again!
Rating: Unrated
05/29/2010
this is definitely a good recipe. my husband loves it. the key is to soak the beans in water the night before. that way they cook properly in the crock pot.
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05/12/2010
this is fantastic! I used canned beans instead of dry and omitted the water. FYI GOYA makes the chilies this recipe calls for - they come in a very small can. I used 10 thighs because Costco sells them in packs that hold five thighs each.
Rating: Unrated
04/21/2010
My family has made this a weekly staple. Some times we add a can of corn and we always make rice to serve it with. The next day we eat it in whole wheat tortillas or on top of a arugula. I wish I have more easy, low fat recipes like this one.
Rating: Unrated
04/21/2010
My family has made this a weekly staple. Some times we add a can of corn and we always make rice to serve it with. The next day we eat it in whole wheat tortillas or on top of a arugula. I wish I have more easy, low fat recipes like this one.
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01/19/2010
hi, would love to make this but have never heard of chipotle chiles, is this similar to anything as haven't even seen these in the shops here. Thanks
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12/24/2009
This was great! I made it for company and everyone loved it. I used chicken broth and soaked my beans over night...
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12/05/2009
this was fantastic.... a true keeper... try it
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12/05/2009
this was really good, but precook your beans! i had mine on high for almost 11 hours and the beans were still crunchy. next time (and there will be a next time) i'll precook 'em.
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11/15/2009
My entree is in the crock cooking. I read all reviews and I cooked my beans first. The flavors seem to work well together, I cannot wait to try it and follow up with my comment.
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2009
We loved this! I made a couple of substitutions--a can of Rotel instead of the salsa and chicken broth instead of water. Was delicious and spicy, I added a bit of cheese with the sour cream when I served it. I will absolutely make again.
Rating: Unrated
03/17/2009
This is one of the best slow cooker recipies I've made! First time I followed recipe except cooked it for 8 hours on low (my slow cooker only cooks on high for 6 hours). I had to throw it out it was so burned. The next time I used a can of chicken broth instead of water (so about 1 1/2 cups), about 1 1/2 cups of salsa, 3 T. flour, and green chiles instead of chiptole (entire small can). Cooked for 8 hours again and it turned out GREAT! Served with flour tortillas. Yum.
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2009
It would be fabulous if nutritional facts could be included with this and other recipes on marthastewart.com. I've made this stew and it's so good but I'm on Weight Watchers now so need to know how much it's going to cost me if I make it again. Can anyone help me?
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2009
It would be fabulous if nutritional facts could be included with this and other recipes on marthastewart.com. I've made this stew and it's so good but I'm on Weight Watchers now so need to know how much it's going to cost me if I make it again. Can anyone help me?
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01/29/2009
Made this last night - put it over rice - great dinner with a side of mexicorn! Can't find the chiles' in adobo around here - used plain chiles - worked fine! Definately a keeper recipe!
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01/28/2009
This was great! I used chicken breast instead of thighs because we prefer the white meat. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written and it worked perfectly. @carolc902 - I keep extra chilis in adobo in airtight container in the fridge and they last forever.
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01/25/2009
My guys absolutely love this! Easy, healthy and delicious. I remove as much fat as possible from the thighs before I place them in the pot.
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01/25/2009
I am going to soak my beans before I cook them so that they will cook a little faster. And, do you think you could use boneless chicken breasts instead of thighs?
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01/21/2009
Haas a great flavor but had to cook for over 10 hours for the beans to fully cook. Will cook on high for 8 hours in the future.
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01/08/2009
This is very good. A little spicy depending on how many chiles you use, but we like spicy. Very simple to prepare. I have served it alone and over rice.
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01/07/2009
My husband and I had this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous. I served it over rice. Easy
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01/07/2009
When I made this, I didn't have any chicken thighs, so I cut some pork loin into large cubes and used that instead. Try it! It was great!
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12/29/2008
For such a simple recipe this is surprisingly full of flavor. Very hearty.
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12/19/2008
Very good! I left out the red pepper and the onion but added extra salsa. I soaked the beans overnight and added baking soda to make certain they were soft. I'm not sure the canned beans would hold up for that long on the high setting. I served this dish over tortilla chips with cheese on top, but I think it would be good in flour tortillas or as chicken tacos.
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12/15/2008
Has anyone made this using the high setting on the crock pot and canned beans?
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12/02/2008
Did you really get this recipe to work?! I thought it needed more beans with all that chicken so I added a couple more cups with the extra water for them. I waited a few hours to put the chicken in because I was using boneless breasts. The beans are soaking up the water like mad and I have had to add water twice. Even though I added more beans, I did add the water to compensate. It smells good but if I just went by the recipe I don't know WHAT I'd end up with!
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11/05/2008
Yes, you can save the chipotle peppers by freezing them. Just put them in an ice-cube tray to make small portions and then put into a freezer bag/container for your next recipe. (You can skip the ice-cube tray step.) Just don't forget they're in the freezer, like I do...
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11/05/2008
How can I save the rest of the chipotle peppers and sauce from the can? Each recipe doesn't use much, and I hate to throw them away. Can they be frozen?
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10/21/2008
The amount of flour is now correct: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
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10/19/2008
Follow the suggestion in the commentary and use a good salsa; I think it'll make a world of difference in the flavor (I used a so-so jar of salsa and had to add more flavor, i.e., agave nectar to sweeten a bit, etc.).
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10/19/2008
Follow the suggestion in the commentary and use a good salsa; I think it'll make a world of difference in the flavor (I used a so-so jar of salsa and had to add more flavor, i.e., agave nectar to sweeten a bit, etc.).
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10/09/2008
I used a cup of flour when I made it in the slow cooker and it came out perfectly!
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10/07/2008
Is it possible to get the nutritional information for these recipes?
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10/07/2008
How much flour is used in this recipe? Would someone correct it please? Thank you.
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10/07/2008
How much flour is used in this recipe? Would someone correct it please? Thank you.
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10/07/2008
How much flour is used in this recipe? Would someone correct it please? Thank you.
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10/07/2008
How much flour is used in this recipe? Would someone correct it please? Thank you.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
How much flour is used in this recipe? Would someone correct it please? Thank you.
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10/07/2008
Cooks Illustrated generally recommends adding 1/8 teaspoon baking soda in bean dishes. Somehow it makes them soften without extra cooking time. You might try adding it to the slow cooker dish to see if it helps.
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10/07/2008
Cooking beans with acidic ingredients such as tomatoes or wine can cause that problem. Cooking times can go up by as much as double. You can either put the acidic ingredients in just before the beans are done - which could affect the flavor of a dish like this I'd expect - or just cook it all the longer. Either that or use canned beans that are already cooked. Good luck.
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10/05/2008
Did anyone else have a problem with the beans not getting soft? I made this twice - love the flavor - and I even soaked the beans overnight the second time but they were still a little crunchy. Any suggestions?? Thanks!
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10/03/2008
I contacted marthastewart omnimedia and the confirmed that it is suppose to be 2 tbs.
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09/25/2008
I think it's supposed to be 2 TBSP. We made it a few times last winter and got the recipe right from the Everyday Food Magazine. 2 Quarts of flour would make this into a concrete mess in your crockpot by the end of the day!!
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09/23/2008
How much flour?
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09/19/2008
I really want to try this. My guess is maybe 2 cups flour?
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09/15/2008
2 "QUARTS" of flour?