Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

A couple weeks back, during the cleanse, I was determined to find a meal to prepare in my crockpot.  I had been so excited to get my crockpot from Beth for Christmas, but then got way too busy to use it and next thing I knew we were doing the cleanse and I was afraid I’d have to wait even longer to use it.  Until I stumbled upon this recipe fro “Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken.”  It fit all of the requirements of the cleanse and seemed really easy, so I decided to give it a try!

I’m a big fan of spice, so I decided to add a few things to this recipe including: 2 jalapenos, a bell pepper and an Anaheim chili.

I did all the chopping the night before so that I could just throw everything in the next day.

Needless to say the next morning I was entirely too giddy about cooking my first crockpot meal!  I got to work and was telling my officemates about my recipe and the immediately told me that I was going to have a smoky, burned mess when I got home because I didn’t add any water to the crockpot.  I was freaked out!

What if I got home and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

was inedible?  Fortunately that was not the case!  Look how good it turned out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so relieved and excited that not only did the meal turn out, but it was SO good!  I had picked up a bag of Uncle Ben’s Instant Brown Rice and we had a cleanse approved  meal.

This probably isn’t the most picture, but this is what it looked like on the plate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you clicked on the recipe link above, you’ll notice my chicken has a lot more “flair” to it, if you will (not sure why since you can’t really even see the additional peppers I added), than the picture from Tosca Reno’s post.  Maybe my small jar of salsa was bigger than the one she used?

I have no made this meal 3 times and each time it has been a little different.  Second time I didn’t add in all the extra peppers but I did add in some garlic powder and onion powder.  The first two times I added in frozen diced onions because I already had them.  And all three times, because I love it, I added cilantro.

You can definitely make this dish your own! A twitter follower told me they added avocado to it.  I also saw a very similar recipe posted elsewhere that included added cheese.  So be sure to have fun with it!

Do you use a slow cooker? What are your favorite recipes, post a link or share a recipe in the comment section I am anxious to try more crockpot receipes!

Comments

  1. Yes ma’am (as you know)!

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    (Disclaimer: I tweak every recipe I use – usually by using much more seasoning than called for and little extras like peppers, veggies, etc.)

    http://crockingirls.com/recipes/main-dish/chicken/salsa-verde-chicken.html

    (I add onion and jalepenos while cooking, and cilantro at the end, and instead of adding any water, I use a little bit of chicken broth to thin the salsa verde out just a bit. I also season the chicken with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and a bit of red pepper.)

    http://ellysaysopa.com/2011/02/18/pork-tinga-tacos/

    (I eyeball everything in this recipe, because I use MUCH more seasoning, etc. than she calls for. I also usually use about 3-4 lbs. of pork.)

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/

    (She makes this in a Dutch oven, but it’s just as good in a crock pot, and easier. Watch your liquid – you won’t need as much, and you don’t want your crock pot to overflow. Also, a smaller cut of pork may be necessary, depending on the size of your pot.)

  2. I forgot one! I made it up and don’t have a name for it, but it is GOOD.

    Slice one onion and lay onion slices in the bottom of the crock pot.
    Season 4-6 chicken breasts however you like (for this, I use Mrs. Dash garlic and herb, and add a little oregano, usually).
    Lay the chicken breasts on top of the onion.
    Slice up about 2-4 yellow (or crookneck) squash, depending on size, and about 4 potatoes or so, whichever kind you prefer.
    Throw that in with the chicken, along with a small bag of baby carrots.
    Pour a bottle of Italian dressing (doesn’t matter what kind) on top of the whole mess and cook on low for about 8 hours.
    YUM.

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