This Green Chile Chicken Stew is a family favorite that combines diced green chiles, salsa verde, celery, carrots, potatoes, and chicken for a hearty stew! Use a whole fryer or leftover deli rotisserie chicken for an out-of-this-world stew that is sure to be a new personal favorite for you too!
Place your chicken into a large stockpot or Dutch oven with enough water to cover the chicken. Add the bay leaves and bring the chicken to a low boil for 40 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the broth and transfer it to a tray or platter to pull apart. Allow the boiled chicken to cool slightly before removing the skin and pulling the wings and legs off to help speed along the cooling process. Pull the chicken meat from the carcass. *Discard the bay leaves.
Strain the broth in your stockpot if desired and return 6 cups of broth to the stockpot with the pulled chicken.
Add the seasoning including coriander, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and chicken bouillon cubes. Stir into the broth, then add the vegetables including onion, garlic, potatoes, carrot, and celery. Also, add the canned green chiles and the salsa verde then bring the stew to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, and a half cup of cilantro. Serve immediately.
To thicken your chicken stew, make a slurry of 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour with an equal amount of cold water. Mix until smooth, then add a ¼ cup of broth and mix until smooth again. Whisk the slurry into your stew.Place any leftovers into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure that your stew is fully cooled before refrigerating or freezing.To freeze the green chile chicken stew, place it into an airtight container and leave about a half-inch of space for expansion during freezing. Your frozen chicken stew will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer but is best used within the first 2 months.Thaw frozen chicken stew by refrigerating it overnight before serving, or by using the thaw function of your microwave. Reheat your green chile chicken stew in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop at medium heat.