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Chicken Chile Verde Paleo Diet

Incredible comforting slow cooker chicken chile verde. Healthy, satisfying, and packed with protein. Best weeknight meal!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 241 kcal


For the chile verde

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed (about 10 med-large tomatillos)
  • 3 jalapeños stems removed
  • 2 poblano peppers, stems removed
  • 1 serrano pepper, stem removed
  • 2 med onions, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

For the chicken

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup water (or more depending on how thin or thick you want the sauce)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (about the juice from 1 lime)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the tomatillos, jalapenos, poblanos, and serrano peppers on top. Set the oven rack directly underneath the broiler and turn the broiler on high.
  • Broil for 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered. Carefully flip over the tomatillos and peppers and broil for another 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered on all sides.
  • Remove from the oven, loosely cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to keep in some of the heat to help them steam, and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  • Pull and rub off as much of the loose skin on the peppers as possible. It doesn't have to be perfect. (View some step-by-step photos on how to roast poblano peppers.) At this point, you can also remove the seeds from any of the peppers if you don't want it too spicy.
  • Add the broiled tomatillos, broiled peppers, diced onions and minced garlic into a large blender. Blend until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and season generously with salt.
  • Sear the chicken on all sides, turning occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned.
  • Pour in the chile verde sauce and water. Mix thoroughly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon so you get all the brown bits.
  • Cover, lower the heat to simmer, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add the lime juice, cilantro and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt if necessary.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 241kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 9g (3%) | Protein: 29g (58%) | Fat: 10g (15%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 135mg (45%) | Sodium: 1003mg (42%) | Potassium: 616mg (18%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 5g (6%) | Vitamin A: 299IU (6%) | Vitamin C: 42mg (51%) | Calcium: 29mg (3%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)
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