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Healthy Crock-Pot Chicken Recipe

Crockpot Success: Protein-Rich Mexican Chicken

For a healthy, protein-rich meal that doesn't rely on dairy for flavor, try this delicious Mexican-style chicken recipe full of fresh ingredients. This preparation results in an absolutely delicious, fall-off-the-bone piece of meat. Make sure to leave 15 minutes for the first two steps, then pour everything into your slow cooker, and let it do its magic. Serve this recipe over a bed of purple cabbage, black beans, or brown rice for a balanced meal under 500 calories.

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Mexican-Style Chicken

Mexican-Style Chicken

Notes

Either cook for 3 hours on your slow cooker's high setting or 6 hours on low.

Healthy Crock-Pot Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  2. 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  3. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  5. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  7. 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  9. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. 2 cups chopped cilantro leaves and some stems, plus finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
  12. 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus grated lemon zest, for garnish
  13. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  14. 1 cup chicken stock
  15. 3 pounds skinless bone-in chicken thighs, about 12 thighs
  16. 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, minced
  17. Finely chopped green onion, for garnish
  18. Salsa, optional

Directions

  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pumpkin and cumin seeds, until the pumpkin seeds are popping and the cumin has released its flavor. Transfer to a mortar or spice grinder and grind. Set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, peppercorns, oregano, salt, cinnamon, and cilantro. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer contents of the pan to a food processor. Add the lemon zest and juice, chicken stock, and reserved pumpkin and cumin seeds. Process until smooth.
  3. Arrange the chicken evenly over the bottom of the slow cooker stoneware. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fork. Stir in the jalapeño pepper to taste. When ready to serve, garnish with the cilantro, green onion, lemon zest, and salsa, if you wish.

Source: Calorie Count
Excerpted from The Best 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Nutrition

Calories per serving
381
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