So first of all, who doesn’t love their Crock-Pot? I know its amazing for busy moms, but its also perfect for a single gal like me. I take my lunch to work every day so I tend to cook enough to feed an army and then take the leftovers to work. With the slow cooker chicken I don’t have to spend all day cooking… I can run around being the young single thing I am and when I get home there’s a great meal waiting for me!
Slow Cooker Chicken can be used in a variety of ways:
This recipe is one of my favorites because its so versatile. The slow cooker chicken comes out so juicy and tender it just falls to pieces and then you can use it for whatever.. serve it over Spanish rice, toss it in some quesadillas, or my personal favorite… tacos.
Its also a great crowd-pleaser because you can adjust the spiciness to fit your family or guests. You use jarred salsa, so mild, medium, hot… take your pick. Also you can remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapenos if you want, which cuts way down on the heat.
All you do is pour the salsa, diced jalapenos, taco seasoning, cilantro, and lime juice in the slow cooker, mix it all up, and add 4-6 chicken breast halves. Turn the heat on low and 4 hours later… enjoy!
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When I went to the store to buy the ingredients for this slow cooker chicken, I was looking for cilantro (I grow so many herbs at my house, but cilantro just seems like more trouble than its worth) and came across something interesting… culantro. It tastes and smells just like cilantro, but its large dark leaves stay fresh so much longer! I wonder if it’ll grow in Georgia…
Here’s the recipe!
Spicy Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken
- 24- oz. jar of salsa
- Juice from one lime
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or culantro, chopped
- 1- oz. package taco seasoning
- 1-2 jalapeños peppers finely chopped
- 4-6 boneless chicken breast halves defrosted
- Put the salsa, diced jalapenos, taco seasoning, cilantro, and lime juice in the slow cooker and mix well.
- Add 4-6 chicken breast halves.
- Cook on low 4 hours or until chicken shreds easily.
- Serve with Spanish rice or in tacos, quesadillas, or burritos!
If you plan on making tacos like me, I love this chicken on a corn tortilla with sour cream, lettuce, cilantro and monterey jack cheese. Yum….