Favorite Recipe From Vanessa Saari

Dated: 11/15/2018

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Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow - and this recipe might be perfect for a night to hunker down while the snow is whipping outside. One of Monticello's agents - Vanessa Saari - shared her favorite recipe .   CROCK POT CHICKEN STEWIngredients

  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles

  • 1 (15 oz) can canellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen corn

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 TBSP cumin

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tsp. sea salt

  • ¼ tsp. pepper

  • Toppings (optional): Cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese


  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, add chicken and the rest of ingredients, cover and place on high for 3 to 4 hours or low 6 to 8 hours.

  2. Remove chicken and shred with two forks then add back into the slow cooker. Season with additional salt and seasonings if needed.

  3. Spoon into bowls and you are ready to go!

This is one of Vanessa's go-to meals during this time of year. We are all busy and it's hard to get on board with cooking. This recipe makes it easy to throw all the ingredients in your crock pot and let it do the work for you!  Even if you don't measure exactly - it is hard to mess this one up. It is also one of the most versatile recipes. If you don't have quinoa, you can substitute an equal amount of rice.  Just throw it in with 2 hours remaining.  If you don't have celery, throw in some finely chopped kale or spinach.

As always, add more garlic and/or jalapeno to taste. From personal experience, the toppings really make a difference so use them if you have them on hand.


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Alexander is a New York State licensed real estate broker and New York State licensed attorney. A life long upstate New Yorker, Alexander has lived and worked in the Capital Region since 2005. He has ....

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