Monday, August 25, 2014

Salsa Chicken

There are many ways to cook chicken and one of my favorite (and flavorful) ways is in salsa. You can make your own or just use your favorite jarred salsa. It's so simple, healthy, and versatile! I like to shred the chicken and use it in salads, lettuce wraps, tacos, and stuffed peppers, shown here.
As you'll soon find, the chicken is so tender, it literally falls apart on it's own which makes shredding a breeze! Here's my method...are you ready?
In a deep pot drizzle in a drop of oil and add your chicken breasts. You can brown them on each side if you choose, otherwise just add in your seasoning. 
*side note, this would be great cooked in a crock pot!
Use a taco seasoning packet or make your own blend. I used oregano, garlic salt, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. A dash of everything... Because I didn't measure!
Any salsa will do.
Dump it over the chicken and add in about 1/4 cup of chicken stock if you have it. Put the lid on and slowly simmer this for about an hour, or until your chicken falls apart when you poke it with a fork. 

Shred the chicken and continue simmering with the lid off if the sauce is too liquidy. You could then chill it and store it in the fridge for future use, if your cooking in advance as I sometimes do.
Now, halve and hollow a bell pepper.
Fill it with a couple tablespoons of brown rice and shredded chicken.
Sprinkle on a little bit of cheese, I used jack and cheddar, and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the pepper is tender and the cheese is melted. You could also broil the cheese to get a deep golden color.
Oh yum! Now, to make this like a taco I added some back olives, green onions, hot sauce, and lime juice. Top it with your favorite fixin's!
These were so good, I didn't even drool over Sean's burritos I made for I normally do. I used lime and cilantro rice, cheese, and this shredded chicken for him and wrapped it in a whole wheat tortilla for mini burritos. This is a weekly staple in our house! Although mine normally consists of lettuce cups without rice and cheese, I definitely feel deprived without those goodies! Hope you try this recipe! 

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