September 13, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken With Salsa

 Last night I had my first homemade crock pot meal and it was so easy and delicious.  I am definitely going to make this a regular thing.
Technically this wasn't the first crock pot meal I made.  Just the first one I ate.  I attempted eggplant curry a couple of years ago and it was so terrible I had to throw it all out.  Which in hindsight is not at all surprising, as eggplant curry sounds absolutely terrible.
My dad gave me this pot a few years ago.  He got it from Lowe's for $10.  Great deal!

But also very small.
I'm almost no bigger than a pen!
Due to the size of the pot I didn't make as much of the wonderful chicken as I would have liked.  But I fit 3 chicken breasts (6 halves) in this time and that was a great place to start.
The recipe is so simple: Chicken breasts, a packet of taco seasoning, and a half or whole jar of salsa, depending on how much chicken you have.  I used a half of a jar and then saved the rest for garnishing on my burrito bowl.
This is the chicken after about 7 hours on low.
No arm muscle needed.  Just touch and it basically falls right apart.
I barely even had to put effort into shredding the chicken after 7 hours in the  crock pot.  It was so moist and easy to shred.  I am definitely going to try this with more chicken and even some beef to created that succulent shredded stew meat texture.
I put all of this chicken on a bed of shredded lettuce with sauteed peppers and onions, avocados, black bean and corn, and salsa and sour cream.  There's not picture of the final product because, gasp, I ate it too fast.
Three chickens breasts, plus all of the other toppings listed above, made 5 meals!  Talk about stretching a breast!  Now I'm saving money and have a yummy lunch to look forward to for the rest of the week.
Crockpots 4eva!

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