To honor St. Kateri Tekawitha’s heritage as a Native American, here’s a recipe for vegetable-stuffed chicken with various vegetables that Native Americans would have used—mushrooms, carrots, onions, celery, and corn. And as always, we have a reflection and prayer to go with the printable recipe.
Kateri Tekakwitha is a newer saint (canonized 2012) and, as a member of the Mowhawk tribe, the first Native American to be canonized. Her life is a testimony to her strength in the face of adversity, a diligent work ethic, and dedicated consecration to Christ. Though she died young, and soon after her formal conversion, her mature faith is an example for people of all ages and ethnicities.
To honor her heritage as a Native American, we are making vegetable stuffed (crockpot) chicken. While traditionally made of quail, chicken is more available and feeds a larger family—plus, you can stuff more vegetables inside! This chicken is stuffed with various vegetables that Native Americans would have grown—mushrooms, carrots, onions, and celery. Add corn, if your diet is not adverse to it! Finally, since not everyone may have a slow cooker or crockpot, you can use a roasting pan to make the chicken in the oven.
One of my daughter’s favorite movies is Cinderella (the original 1950’s Disney version). I tend to think of Kateri as the saint version of that story—for insomuch as Cinderella can be a typology for Christianity, Kateri exemplifies it.
Kateri was a skilled worker, diligent and patient even with the great humiliation she felt after smallpox left her face scarred. When she refused to take a husband, preferring to remain a virgin, her relatives punished with more work. She worked diligently, never complaining. When she converted to Catholicism, they accused her of sorcery and Kateri had to flee. She died at the young age of 24, only five years after her conversion. The holiness of her teenage years is inspiring.
This saint can be especially inspiring for teenagers, and girls in particular. Though she was persecuted for her chastity, St. Kateri let her faith in Jesus give her strength to keep enduring. In a society that perverts women’s sexuality, Kateri can be a strong intercessor. She is also the patron saint of ecology, the environment, and exiles.
God our Father, Whom Kateri Tekakwitha liked to call the Great Spirit,
We thank you for having given us this young woman as a model of Christian life.
Despite her frailness and her community’s resistance, she bore witness to the presence of Christ.
With her companions, she drew close to the elderly and to the sick.
Every day, she saw in nature a reflection of your own glory and beauty.
Grant that by her intercession we may always be close to you, more sensitive to the needs of those around us, and more respectful of creation.
With her, we shall strive to discover what pleases you and endeavour to accomplish it until that day you call us back to you.