This bold and flavorful Chicken and Hatch Chile Stew is ready to go in just 1 hour! It’s loaded with shredded chicken, fresh corn, rice and of course, hatch chiles!
I like to think of this warm & cozy chicken and hatch chile stew as the perfect rainy day meal! We’ve had a few cold spells over the past few weeks, but the weather is still in the 80’s and 90’s. I’m dying guys. I want it to be sweater/boot/hot cocoa weather already! Who’s with me?!
So when it stormed the other day we headed to the store, grabbed a rotisserie chicken and made a huge pot of this stew! I don’t know about you, but I love when it’s hatch chile season. Our local grocery store roasts them and sells them along with all of their hatch chile goodies and I can’t ever seem to get enough (watch out because next year I’m gonna make a killer loaf of bread with them in it)! I chopped some of ours up and added them to the chile verde base, which added a nice little kick. Normally I don’t think of them as being very spicy (the canned ones are very mild) but the fresh ones were amazing!!
I couldn’t help but go back for seconds. I needed more!! Seriously though, we licked our bowls clean! My husband loved the addition of the rice and so did I (I contemplated adding beans but then thought… that’s basically this soup), it made it a bit more hearty and filling. Plus I didn’t feel like I had to make anything else to go along with it (I just sliced up some fruit and a threw together a side salad). Of course if you want to, I’d highly suggest my buttermilk cornbread– it’s the best!
Next time you’re at the store, grab a rotisserie chicken, some corn, chile verde and hatch chiles and make this stew! You won’t regret it, I promise!
Chicken and Hatch Chile Stew Recipe
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion - diced
- 1 cup corn - (from about 2 ears)*
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 Hatch chiles - (fire roasted), seeds removed and diced (If you can't find fresh, then use cans - see notes below)**
- 1 (16 oz) jar salsa verde
- 4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 lime - juiced
- 1 small rotisserie chicken - pulled
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro - chopped
- 1/2 cup long grain white rice
- lime wedges
- avocado chunks
- tortilla strips
- sour cream
- In a large large stock pot or Dutch oven set over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and corn, cook until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then sprinkle in the coriander, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and continue stirring/cooking for an additional minute or so.
- Add the hatch chiles, salsa verde, chicken stock, water and lime juice. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the chicken and cilantro, simmer for 20 minutes. Pour in the rice, cook until tender, about 15 minutes or so. Garnish and serve immediately.
This sounds delicious. I was wondering if I can make this in my Instant Pot, or my Crockpot? Which changed instructions would I need? Thanks so much.
Hi Sue, I haven’t made this recipe with either of those methods, so I don’t know. You might try one of these resources for some help:
Loved this soup. Turned out really good even with one can of chilis and no cilantro. Everyone in the family loved it.
Just made this and my whole family loved it. We added chipotle tortilla strips. 10/10 going into rotation. Served with corn bread.
Hi Britney, thanks for sharing your addition of chipotle tortilla strips (sounds delicious!) and your 5 Star review!
Hi Jennie, thank you for the 5 star review, so glad you loved it like we do!
This soup is amazing EXCEPT the coriander is awful. I think it gives the soup a good taste but if you happen to bite into one of the seeds it’s a disgusting taste, like soap in my mouth and it’s kind of ruining the soup. Is tablespoon a typo? The recipe calls for a tbs of coriander which was a LOT.
Hi Sage, the recipe should have been more clear and said to use ground coriander. That has been fixed. Thanks for letting us know.