Charles and I were out of town recently – having a blast at Purdue. Which unfortunately meant that no grocery shopping was done that weekend. It isn’t unusual for me to hit up a couple of grocery stores and/or a farmers market over the weekend. Times like this, when there is little food in the fridge, require creativity. I secretly love the lack of groceries because it turns making dinner into a fun food challenge.
Last Tuesday night I realized that there weren’t many ingredients in the fridge to use for dinner on Wednesday. Earlier in the week my friend Zinni had hosted Sunday Night Dinner and made Salsa Chicken, which is just chicken breasts cooked for a few hours in a crock pot with a couple of jars of salsa. It was excellent. The chicken was slightly spicy and very tender.
I searched our freezer and fridge and found a few pounds of frozen chicken, and 4 or 5 jars of various salsas that were half full. (Apparently I am a salsa hoarder!) Then I searched the pantry and found some diced tomatoes and chicken broth.
I thawed out the chicken in a cold water bath. Then I put the chicken, salsa, broth, and diced tomatoes in the ceramic insert to the crock pot. I put it in the fridge overnight and the next morning all I had to do was put it in the crock pot and turn it on low. This is seriously one of the easiest meals ever.
Charles and I created two different dinners with our salsa chicken. I shredded my chicken and used it to make tacos, while Charles kept his whole and ate it with brussels sprouts and black beans. The salsa chicken was the gift that kept giving since I made so much of it. I used half of the leftovers to make chili, which was excellent. The other half of the leftovers became chicken tortilla soup. These meals made from the leftovers took less than 30 minutes, and were very high in protein and low on fat. The chili and chicken tortilla soup recipes are coming your way tomorrow and Friday.
Chicken Breasts (I used about 3.5 pounds and I have a huge crock pot)
2 jars of Salsa
1 jar of salsa full of Chicken Broth
1 can Diced Tomatoes
Place the chicken in the crock pot. Add all the other ingredients on top. Turn the crock pot on low. I cooked the chicken for about 9 hours on low (because I was at work).