When life is busy I rely on my slow cooker to put a hot meal on the table with as little fuss as possible. The slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. This recipe has been floating around the Internet for a couple of years. Don’t ask me why it took so long to show up on my menu, just be happy it did so it could be shared with you. I took about 40 photos – brown and tan foods do not photograph well at all.
Its similar to a family favorite Mexican Shredded Chicken but with a twist. More accurately a few twists.
Chicken breasts, salsa, black beans and corn all simmer together in the slow cooker. As if that isn’t already a fabulous recipe, it gets even better. Prior to serving, some light cream cheese is stirred into the mix. Yum right? It gets all melty and creates a wonderful rich and creamy sauce. All of the recipes I looked at used whole chicken breasts that once cooked had to be removed and shredded. I thought that sounded like a messy job since they are cooked with corn and black beans so to avoid that I cut the chicken breasts into bite size pieces prior to putting them in the slow cooker. I added a packet of Taco Seasoning mix to the chicken for additional flavor.
This dish has so much flavor and texture that it needs very little garnish. We enjoyed it served over hot brown rice, garnished with fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice and a little additional salsa. You could also use some sliced green onions – (I intended to do this but forgot until after we started eating), chopped tomatoes, jalapenos or hot sauce if desired. No cheese or sour cream required it already has plenty of cheesy flavor from the cream cheese. We didn’t have any tortilla chips in the pantry but with some Mission Extra Thin Corn Tortillas in the refrigerator, home made baked tortilla chips were quickly made. It was nice to have a little crunch with this dish. We all loved this recipe. With tons of fiber from corn and black beans this was super filling. The Santa Fe Chicken could be used for tacos, burritos, taco salad, nachos, quesadillas, stuffed into a baked potato or half of a cooked zucchini.
This is my new favorite salsa! It’s made by well known chef Rick Bayless and was purchased on a whim at Target.
Its also sold at grocery stores and Whole Foods. There are different flavors available and I plan on trying all of them.
Santa Fe Chicken - Slow Cooker
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 packet taco seasoning mix or a homemade taco mix
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans corn, drained (15.2 ounce cans)
1 cup salsa – mild, medium or hot
1 – 8 ounce package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
fresh cilantro, chopped
green onions, sliced
In a slow cooker mix together cubed chicken with taco seasoning mix, add beans, corn and salsa, stir gently to comine. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Don’t over cook or chicken will be dry and tough. Add cubed cream cheese, stir and put lid back on, cook until cream cheese has melted. Gently stir to mix in the cream cheese and serve.
Yield: 8 cups
Serving Size: 16 - 1/2 cup servings or 8 - 1 cup servings
Per 1/2 cup; 143 Calories, 3.9g Fat, 37.5mg Chol, 561.2mg Sodium, 11.7g Carbs, 3.5g Fiber, 3.9g Sugar, 15.2g Protein WWPP 3
Per 1 cup; 287 Calories, 7.9g Fat, 75mg Chol ,1122.5mg Sodium, 23.3g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 7.8g Sugar, 30.4g Protein WWPP 7
When the nutritional were run it did score high for sodium! You can cut back on the sodium by using a low sodium homemade taco seasoning, rinse and drain the canned beans and use low sodium canned corn, rinsed and drained or sub frozen corn instead.
Recipe adapted from on line recipes from several sources like Cooking Light Message board and AllRecipes.
TGIF! It seems like this has been a long week and Friday is finally here. Rain is on its way so I want to head out and get some errands done this morning, hoping I don’t get drenched. I also have a hair cut this afternoon and am looking forward to that. Come to think of it last month when I got my hair cut it was also raining. A few years back it rained every time I had a hair cut for about 8 months in a row! I hope that trend isn’t repeated.
Have a relaxing weekend.
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