15 April 2011

I created a new recipe yesterday. I certainly didn't intend to, but the recipe I was trying out just wasn't working and didn't look anything like what I had in mind. So I gave it some thought (it was a slow cooker recipe so I had some time to ponder!) and started making changes here and there throughout the day. In the end, I either changed or omitted 10 out of the 12 ingredients, and changed the nature of it as something to serve over rice into a stew, so I think it qualifies as a new creation!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

4 chicken breast cutlets, cubed
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
2 chipotle peppers, minced, plus 3 tbsp adobo sauce
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1½ cups chicken broth

Place chicken, sweet potatoes, beans, onion, garlic, chipotles, tomato paste, paprika, and salt into the slow cooker. Stir cornstarch into chicken broth and add to slow cooker. Stir well to evenly distribute seasonings.

Cook on low for 6 hours.

Makes 4 servings.

I made so many changes from the recipe I started with that I am not going to detail them all. You can read that recipe here. If you read the comments, you will see that I was not the only one who had problems with it. I got the recipe from this blogger's cookbook, and it did not occur to me to look it up online to read comments until I realized it wasn't working out too well, otherwise I probably wouldn't have made it in the first place.

But, I am glad that I did because this stew turned out really well. Combining chicken, sweet potatoes, and chipotle in a stew had been in the back of my mind all winter, but I never got around to experimenting with it. Then when the original recipe from yesterday wasn't working out, I thought it would be really easy to turn it into something like what I had been thinking about during the winter. I think it would be really good with beef too.

As a little peek inside my recipe process, I have taken a picture of the recipe print-out I was making notes on throughout the day yesterday.

The only ingredients I kept without change are the chopped onion and paprika.

Although it seems kind of out-of-season now, this will be a great meal for next winter!

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