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Chicken Machaca

Updated: Jun 18, 2022

Enjoy my version of a healthy, delicious alternative to the typical fatty, beef machaca found at many Mexican restaurants. To spice things up, use medium-hot canned chilies and/or fire-roasted tomatoes.

Topping a crisp salad is our favorite way of enjoying this low fat, spicy chicken stew. I hope you will enjoy it, too!

Serves 6

Ingredients: 3 large chicken breasts, on bone, but skin and fat removed 1 medium-large Spanish onion, sliced 1 large green pepper, cut in ½” strips 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes 1 7-oz can Ortega diced, mild, green chilies 2 TBS red chili powder, toasted 1 tsp cumin 1½ tsp oregano salt & pepper, to taste

Preparation: 1. Fill a large pot with water, add salt, and bring to a boil. Drop chicken breasts into boiling water, deep enough to cover the chicken. Simmer for ~45 minutes, until tender. 2. Remove chicken and shred the meat with a pair of forks, set aside. Put bones back into broth and continue to simmer until broth reduces to ½ of original volume. Remove bones and discard. 3. Add onions, green pepper, tomatoes, green chilies, red chili powder, cumin, and oregano to broth and continue to simmer until broth reduces to 1/3 of original volume. 4. Put shredded chicken into broth and season with salt and pepper. 5. Serve hot with: tortillas, beans, shredded lettuce, and pico de gallo; with brown rice and steamed veggies; or on a crisp salad with avocado slices, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a low fat lime/cilantro dressing.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 120 Fat 2gm Carbohydrates 10gm Fiber 4gm Protein 15gm Sodium 490mg

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