Chicken Stew with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes

The days have gone from bright and warm to cold and crisp — which means it’s time for some slow cooking! This stew can be easily be doubled, keeping you warm and fed for a few dark nights.


1 ½ – 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 large sweet potatoes, chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin

5 cups chicken broth

Combine all the ingredients in a Crock-pot. Cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours. (If you are unsure if the chicken is done, use a digital thermometer to check that the interior has reached 165 degrees.)

Before serving, remove the chicken, shred, and place back in the soup.


— Any quinoa will do. White quinoa is the most common in stores; I especially love using tricolor quinoa in this recipe.

— Try substituting other beans. My favorite is a mix of black and white beans.

— Instead of the cumin and chili powder, use a packet of chili seasoning.

— Garnish with a mix of Italian parsley, cilantro, scallions and/or red onion.

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