Crock-pot Salsa Chicken

For the longest time, I swore off buying a Crock-Pot.   Part of me was scared to leave a cooking appliance on while I was at home.  The other part of me thought I was buying lazy by just putting something in a Crock-Pot and not doing anything.  Two years ago, my boyfriend’s brother bought me one for Christmas….and it is one of my favorite kitchen appliances.

So shiny!

So shiny!

 

Since getting this awesome Crock-Pot, one of our favorite meals is Salsa Chicken.  It’s super easy and great for leftovers!  I usually make this before my work weekends so I have lunches already made.  In fact, I have made it so often for work lunches, one of my coworkers Kim requested that I blog about this recipe!  Well, here ya go Kim!

Ingredients:

  • 4 thawed chicken breasts
  • 1 lime
  • 1 taco seasonings packet
  • 1 jar salsa (need AT least 18 ounces of salsa for the full recipe)
  • Crock-Pot Liner
  • optional: chopped jalapeno or hatch chili pepper for extra kick if you want

 

First thing to do is put your Crock-Pot liner in your crock pot.  If you have never used, or heard of a Crock-Pot liner, you need to go to Wal-Mart and buy them now.  They will save you SOOOOO much time when it comes to clean up.   This will save you from having to scrub the crock pot when you are finished cooking.

Put your thawed chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot.  Squeeze the entire lime over the chicken.  Once you put the lime juice over the chicken, now spread the taco seasonings over the chicken breasts.

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Now, pour the salsa over the chicken.  You want to make sure that the chicken is fully covered with salsa.

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I will normally get a big jar of salsa from Costco and use about 3/4 of it.  I can imagine what you are thinking….wow!  That’s a lot of salsa.   And yes, it is.  But we feel that it is necessary.   When the chicken is finished cooking, the salsa sauce goes perfectly over the chicken and can be used as a taco salad dressing.  There have been times when we didn’t put enough salsa on it, and honestly, the dish wasn’t as good.  So, don’t be stingy with your salsa!  🙂

With the salsa on, you can add the chopped peppers if you want.  In not, put the lid on the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 7 hours.

And 7 hours later…..

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You have flavorful chicken that is able to be pulled apart and eaten for dinner.  Like I mentioned earlier, you can put it on a taco salad, put it over rice, or just add a bunch of the salsa sauce from the Crock-Pot and eat it by itself.  Whatever you decide to eat this with it will be amazing that night or the next day for lunch!  Enjoy!

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