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Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Tex-Mex Chicken Stew, Buffalo Shredded Chicken

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Get out your slow cookers! We've got two terrific new slow-cooker recipes that'll get you through the last stretch of winter. They'd also be PERFECT for any game-day celebration...

 
 
Hungry Girl's Tex-Mex Chicken Stew
Tex-Mex Chicken Stew

1/8th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 234 calories, 4g fat, 713mg sodium, 21g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 27.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Wanna dig into some hearty, zesty, comfort-food goodness? One bowl of THIS stew, comin' right up!

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
One 7-oz. can diced green chiles, drained
1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Optional seasonings: salt and black pepper

Directions:
Season chicken with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except broth, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. Top with broth, and stir well. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, and stir well.

Top each serving with 1 tbsp. each sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. Enjoy!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

 
 
 
Hungry Girl's Buffalo-Style Shredded Chicken
Buffalo-Style Shredded Chicken

1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup): 195 calories, 2.5g fat, 773mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 30g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Hot wings are great, but this saucy no-guilt shredded chicken is better! You'll be the MVP of any Super Bowl party if you bring this dish..
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
2 cups chopped celery 
2 cups chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/3 cup Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt (like the kind by Fage or Chobani)
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Directions:
Place chicken in a slow cooker. Top with celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Add 1/4 cup water.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, and stir well.

In a medium bowl, stir cheese wedges until smooth. Add hot sauce, yogurt, and Parm-style topping. Mix well. Add to the slow cooker, and stir to coat. Serve and enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

 
 

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CHEW ON THIS:

On January 30th, 2007, we debuted our Jalapeño Swappers recipe. Might wanna break out this gem for Super Bowl Sunday!

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