Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew


You can find chipotles in adobo sauce in the Mexican section of your grocery store.

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 cup sliced carrots (4 medium)

  • 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce*

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 14.5 ounce can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and cut up

  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained

  • ½ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese (2 ounces)

  • Avocado slices (optional)

  • Plain fat-free yogurt (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker layer carrots, chicken, lentils, onion, chipotle peppers, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic. Add broth, stewed tomatoes, and tomatoes and green chiles.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 hours.

  3. Serve topped with cheese and, if desired, avocado slices and yogurt.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
4g Fat
26g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 737mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 11.8mg 59%
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 668mg 14%
Folate, total 137.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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