As I’m placing this post in here, I’m wondering what in the world took me so long to share it with you! It has got to be one of the most versatile, yet easiest recipes to make. When I don’t have time, or I’m at a loss of what to make for dinner – this is probably what I come up with 50% of the time.
In my opinion, the best thing about this recipe is that the finished product can be used in so many ways. I love to make a big batch of this and use it a couple of times during the week is different ways . . . serve it over rice, in burritos, taco salad, enchiladas, taquitos, etc. There is no doubt that if I know I am going to have a busy week, with limited amount of time to cook dinner most nights, I make a big batch of this! It makes meal time a snap to throw together when the chicken is already cooked and ready to go.
This also freezes very well! So, making a big batch and freezing what you don’t use is a great way to have a meal at your fingertips when you’re just not in the mood to cook one night (like that ever happens, right!?)!
I suppose I must tell you not to be fooled by the simpleness of this recipe. Slow cooking the salsa with the chicken for all those hours really powers up the flavors! You can use any kind of salsa with the level of heat you like (I usually use medium heat salsa). I’ve made this with red and green salsa varieties and I love it every time. This is tasty right out of the slow cooker as is, or you can always serve it on a bed of rice (one of my favorite ways to enjoy it . . . mostly because I LOVE rice) or any of the ways I mentioned above.
You can definitely find ways to “fancy” this up by adding additional seasonings (taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, etc.) or ingredients (corn, black beans, tomatoes, etc.), but for the sake of keeping the recipe in its most simplistic form, I’ve left all of that “fancy” stuff out on this post. Why? Because it is very delicious in its simplistic form (it is delicious in “fancy” forms too) and I thought you should know that so you don’t have to waste time and effort if you don’t have the time and/or effort to spare.
Do not delay . . . add this to your weekly menu and I’m sure it’ll become a family favorite in no time!
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Approx. 1.5 lbs)
1 cup salsa
Add chicken to slow cooker.
Pour salsa over chicken.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Remove chicken from the slow cooker. Shred. Place shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and stir to combine with salsa. Allow salsa to soak into chicken (about 20-30 minutes) before serving.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 4 oz.)
Fat: 1.5g (0.3g = Sat.)