Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easy Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken

I really need to use my slow cooker more often.  It makes for an easy-to-clean and quick meal.  This time I decided to try a recipe that my friend Hannah made.  It was delish and so versatile!   Like stew, you can put whatever you want in it.

Ingredients:

-2 chicken breasts (I used partially frozen chicken breasts and 4 chicken thighs, skin off since I was making it for my whole family)
-1 can of drained beans (any kind)
- A handful of baby carrots (because that's the veggie I had)
-1/2 jar of Pace Mild Salsa (I use the 24 oz jar and poured 3/4 of the jar in there because of amount of chicken).  Pace also does not have added sugar.

Directions:

Place the chicken in the slow cooker.  Pour 1/2 jar of salsa (or homemade) on top of the chicken.  Throw in whatever veggie you have that need to be cooked.  Set it for 4-5 hrs.  About an hour before it is done, pour in the drained can of beans.  Shred the chicken with a fork.  Voila!  It came out so yummy and moist!  I was thrilled.

I sauteed some onions and bell peppers in some water (yes water.  I try to do that when I can instead of using oil).  We used 100% whole wheat tortillas for the wrap, some quinoa for the "rice", topped it with the salsa chicken, shredded cheese and a little avocado...our homemade and delicious burrito.  You can also add a bit of plain greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute.  It really is similar in taste and so much healthier!

My kids (5.5 and almost 3yo) both ate and enjoyed the meal (adjust accordingly for your kids' preferences).  I haven't had a chance to do it yet, but I plan on maybe baking homemade chips from the tortillas, using the same chicken to top it off for homemade nachos.  Enjoy!



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