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Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

Chicken tenders are simmered in salsa verde with cumin and spices for the easiest chicken ever!

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner, which always gets me excited, I LOVE Mexican food! While I was shopping at Target the other day, I picked up a jar of Archer Farm’s Roasted Salsa Verde with no real plans on what to do with it.

My slow cooker is always sitting on my counter staring at me, so I figured let’s see what happens when you cook chicken with salsa verde.


Two hours later, what emerged was a delicious aroma and tender chicken. That night I made chicken tostadas for dinner, but I know this would be wonderful so many ways; over rice, in tacos, as a filling for enchiladas, whatever! Tomorrow I am posting my chicken verde tostada recipe, but for today I’m just posting the chicken so you can use it any way you wish.

By the way, I have so many Mexican recipes, I created an entire Skinny Cinco De Mayo Pinterest Board with all the recipes to quickly browse if you are a visual person like me. Enjoy!!
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Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Salsa Verde
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 145 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 5 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 415 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs raw skinless chicken tenders
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • 16 oz roasted salsa verde (I used Archer Farms[2])

Ingredients:

Season chicken with garlic powder, oregano, cumin and salt and place in
the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover with salsa verde, cover and cook
HIGH 2 hours.

Remove chicken, shred with 2 forks. Remove 2/3 cup of liquid from the slow cooker, and discard (unless you want it over rice). Place shredded chicken back into the crock pot with remaining salsa, adjust seasoning to taste if needed and keep warm.

Makes about 3 cups.

References

  1. ^ Skinny Cinco De Mayo Pinterest Board (pinterest.com)
  2. ^ Archer Farms (www.target.com)

Crock Pot Picante Chicken and Black Bean Soup

If you love a slow cooker recipe that requires no pre-cooking, then you’ll love this spicy black bean soup. Spicy black bean and chicken soup with tomatoes, chiles, peppers and spices is delicious served with cool avocado and a touch of sour cream. Top it with cilantro for freshness and your taste buds will want to do a mariachi dance.

This month I asked my facebook fans[1] what kind of recipes they wanted to see more of in 2013 and Slow Cooker recipes topped the charts! Second place was main dish meals, so I’ve been keeping my slow cooker on my counter and have been keeping my promise!

I must confess, it’s harder to develop recipes in the crock pot. First, I have to wait at east 4 hours to find out if it’s even good and second, not everything works out as imagined. Take this recipe for example, first attempt when right in the trash. Not the first time I dumped a crock pot creation in the trash but one things for sure, they all had onions in the recipe.

I first made this with sauteed onions and there is no doubt in my mind ruined the soup. Something about onions and crock pots just don’t work together, and this is not the first time. Second attempt I did everything the same but replaced the onions with onion powder and it was perfect, delicious, even. Even better for all of you because there’s no pre-cooking anything, so it’s easy!

This makes a nice amount of soup, perfect for freezing and reheating for a second night, or for lunch on the go. I love this topped with avocado and sour cream to mellow the heat, but it would also be great with a little cheese on top why not!

It’s mildly spicy, not over the top. If you want it milder you can leave the ancho chile powder out. I pureed one of the cans of beans to thicken the soup, and left the second can whole for texture. Next time I may even add some sweet corn! A filling, wholesome, high-fiber meal for only 300 calories, or Weight Watchers 6 points plus. Freezer friendly, and gluten-free.

Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 7 • Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Pts: 6 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 306 • Fat: 6 g • Protein: 28 g • Carb: 37.5 g Fiber: 13.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 698.4 mg (without the salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (10 oz) cans Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 16 oz (2) skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 medium scallions, diced
  • cut limes, for serving 
  • 1 medium haas avocado, sliced
  • sour cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

Take one can of beans and place in the blender along with 2 cups of the chicken broth; puree then add to your slow cooker. Add the remainder of the beans and chicken broth into the slow cooker along with tomatoes, diced green chiles, cumin, chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chicken breast, and 1/4 cup of the cilantro. Set slow cooker to HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 to 8 hours.

After it’s done, remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. Place back into the slow cooker and add fresh scallions, remainder cilantro and adjust salt and cumin, to taste.

Serve hot with lime wedges, avocados, and sour cream if desired. Makes about 10 1/2 cups.

References

  1. ^ facebook fans (www.facebook.com)

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks

This is an EASY slow cooker chicken dish made with only 6 ingredients, including the salt and pepper! Kid-friendly and delicious – the chicken literally falls off the bone!

It’s great having friends who love to cook. I get the best ideas from them, and this recipe is the perfect example. My girlfriend Nalini is an excellent cook, and she was telling me about this chicken recipe she made in the oven for her family. Me of course changed the recipe (I just can’t help myself) I removed the skin from the drumsticks, modified the ingredients and adapted the recipe for my slow cooker. Results – AMAZING! Kids, husband, everyone loved it!! I served this with Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Proscuitto from The Skinnytaste Cookbook[1] (which my 4 year old loves) and everyone was happy.

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 drumsticks • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 219 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 796 mg • Cholesterol: 96 mg

Ingredients:

  • 8 skinless drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup pure Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

Season chicken with garlic salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Combine maple, balsamic, and Dijon in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the legs, making sure the chicken is covered.

Set a 6-quart slow cooker to HIGH and cook 4 hours, or until cooked through and tender.

References

  1. ^ The Skinnytaste Cookbook (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)