I love a good slow cooker recipe. I especially love versatile ones where leftovers can be transformed into other meals. Now that summer is here, I try to avoid using my oven and stove so much. Often we make fresh salads and grill outside. Other times, I’m craving more of a comfort food, and this one is warm, hearty, yet full of fresh summer flavors like tomatoes and spinach.
The whole point of a slow cooker meal is to make quick and easy meals with minimum prep and hands-on time. Sounds perfect to me during lazy summer months, where I’d rather be enjoying the sunshine than slaving in a hot kitchen.
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tsp curry powder (vary this, depending on the strength and spice of your curry powder)
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
2- 15 oz cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
2- 15 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained (I often used diced fresh tomatoes in the summer)
1 cup chicken broth
3 TB Lime Juice
9 oz package fresh spinach
4 cups hot cooked rice or quinoa (optional)
Deskin and debone the chicken thighs. Slice meat into small chunks. Add to slow cooker. (I like to buy them with skin and bones and prepare myself to save money. I find slightly frozen chicken easiest to dice!)
Add all other ingredients, except lime juice, spinach, and rice/quinoa.
Stir well and slow cook for 4 hours on high.
Taste for flavors and add more salt and pepper as needed. Stir in spinach and lime juice.
Serve over cooked quinoa or rice.
The best part about slow cooker meals is that they make a large portion. This Chicken Curry Stew works perfectly as a wrap filling for a light midday meal or dinner.
2 large wraps of your choice. Burrito size.
4 Cherry tomatoes
Handful of spinach
Handful of feta cheese
Warm up Chicken Curry Stew.
Thinly slice radishes and add to wrap. Top with spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese.
Add a large spoonful of drained stew to wrap.
Carefully wrap and roll. Place on a buttered griddle over medium heat to toast the wrap.
Enjoy! This easy wrap takes less than 5 minutes to make and is filling and healthy.
Did you try this recipe? Tell me what you think!