When having dinner with a friend last night, I was inspired to pull out the old Crockpot and make something healthy and easy. I decided that a dish somewhere between a one-course meal and a soup would be the answer. Of course, you might want to add a salad to get some greens in.
The great thing about this dish is that it also works fantastically for breakfast. Now I realize most people don’t even think of soup for breakfast but, as I have found out in my Asian travels, soup is often not only a daily breakfast but an incredibly satisfying one. So double the recipe or save some for a cold morning!
The other fun thing about this recipe is it uses a chili that can be found in most grocery stores. It is little but packs a great punch! It is called chile de arbol or also known as a Thai chile. Here is a picture:
2 Chicken thighs, bone in with skin
1 Chicken split breast, bone in with skin
1 T Olive Oil
Pinch Celtic Salt & Pepper
1 Onion, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
½ Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
2-3 Chile de Arbol
2 Carrots, cut into ½” pieces
1 28 oz Can Diced, Fire Roasted Tomatoes
12 Medium to Large Shiitake Mushrooms, stems cut, quartered ( more if desired)
1 T Fresh Ginger, finely grated
1 C Vegetable or Chicken Broth
1 T Celtic Salt
Pepper to taste
1 C Dry White Wine, optional
Place olive oil in medium size sauté pan over medium/high heat. Sprinkle all chicken with salt and pepper. Place in pan, skin side down. Cook until chicken is slightly browned. Turn and do the same. Remove. Take out all but 1 ½ T oil from pan. Add onions, garlic, bell peppers, and chili’s. Sauté until onion starts to become translucent, approximately 3 minutes.
Meanwhile place carrots, tomatoes with juice, mushrooms, ginger, broth, salt and pepper in Crockpot. Place chicken on top followed by sautéed vegetables. Cook for 7 hours. About hour 6 or just before serving, remove the skin and bones from the chicken. Shred the chicken and return to the pot. Adjust seasonings and add wine around hour 6.
 I prefer Muir Glen brand.