Marcie’s Chicken Quinoa Stew

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Marcie’s Quinoa Chicken Stew
(Quick n easy crock pot style!)
~use organic wherever possible
Ingredients:
6 (or so) Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (if using thin cut then add 8 chicken breasts)
1 – 28 oz. can unsalted organic crushed tomatoes
1 – 15 oz can low sodium organic kidney beans
1 – full head of celery chopped (tops and ends cut off and discarded and do not use yellow center pieces in stew as this creates a bitter taste)
2 cups fresh baby carrots (right outta the bag)
3 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed)
1 large yellow onion chopped
3 large cloves of garlic chopped
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary – remove from stems and chop (u can use 2 TBS dried if u don’t have fresh)
1 TBS fresh or dried thyme
2 tsp fresh or dried organic oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt (I ❤ pink Himalayan)
1 TBS fresh coarse-ground pepper
6-7 cups liquid depending on your size of crock pot – the liquid ratio I use is 2 cups low sodium chicken broth and 4 cups water. You can use whichever ratio you prefer i.e.: all chicken broth, all water, etc…I’ve done both ways and is all good 🙂

Process:

Place 6 Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts in crock pot. Season with 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tbs coarsely ground black pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder.

Top with all remaining ingredients. Give a good stir.
Cover and cook on high 6-7 hours.
Use meat thermometer to be sure chicken is cook thoroughly.
Once stew is done, use two forks to shred chicken while still in crock pot. Or you can remove chicken to a plate or cutting board and shred with forks and put back into stew.
Once chicken is shredded- stir to mix it all up nicely with stew ingredients- heat about 10 more mins to allow all flavors to blend nicely.
Serve in bowls and enjoy! Great in a thermos for next day work lunches! And makes enough for at least two nights dinner!

Tips:
When I chop onions and garlic – I chop tons of onions and garlic together at a time and then portion them mixed together into 1-2 cup servings in freezer bags. This way all I have to do is get them out, slightly thaw and dump right into my crock pot. I also pre chop and freeze tomatoes and herbs.  Whatever I can do to make weeknight meal prep go quickly, I will do!

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