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Late to the Game

July 10, 2014

You know those recipes that circulate quickly?  The kind that it seems like EVERYONE and their mother is making, all of a sudden? 

Yeah, I usually make those like ten years after everyone else tries them. 

Enter: salsa chicken.

I actually remember the first time I had this dish—Ryan and I were but two young Purdue grad students:

(Ryan is clearly terrified of something in this picture.  I have no idea what.)

…and had gone over to our friends’ Jodi and Nathaniel’s house for dinner.  

Jodi served tacos with this chicken, and we all marveled at how good it was—all you had to do was put chicken and salsa into the slow cooker and boom! Done!  I vowed to make it for myself—as soon as I got a slow cooker.

Fast forward another year or two, and Ryan and I, newly married, received a slow cooker as a wedding present—score!

Fast forward another…errrr, five years.  Just a few nights ago I *finally* made the chicken—would you believe it is also the first time I’ve ever used our slow cooker?  Sigh.  Never let it be said that I can’t take my time with things…for better or for worse.

I’ve been meaning to use it for years—really.  I pin recipes for slow cookers all the time.  And then I just…never make them. 

But this week, I cooked in it TWICE.  Sure, both times I made the same dish—salsa chicken.  But that’s a start, right?  I made it on Tuesday night so that I could try it out for us, and then again on Wednesday for a friend who just had a baby.

It was just as tasty as I remembered—and just as easy as Jodi said it was, seven years ago.  Chicken breasts.  Salsa.  I added taco seasoning on the recommendation of pinteresters.   Five hours later, it was warm and shredded and ready to be enjoyed for dinner:

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And Lila approved. Winking smile 

And yes, the slow cooker is as great as everyone says it is.  Got any favorite things you like to cook in yours?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2014 11:29 pm

    I loveee the slow cooker. Pulled pork, chili, soups, all kinds of pulled meats! Oh oh and baked beans or refried beans. Glad peanut liked it too

  2. Patti permalink
    July 11, 2014 1:05 am

    Looks great. I like th e way it shreds when cooked this way. I like cooking the chicken in green salsa or enchilada sauce. The broth and leftovers make great tortilla soup.

  3. sarenashasteen permalink
    July 11, 2014 6:40 pm

    I have never done this! I have have no idea why because my guys would love it. Ok, I will do it. Hopefully sooner rather than later. 🙂

  4. Lacey permalink
    July 11, 2014 6:53 pm

    Jodi passed this recipe on to us as well! And it is also approved by my almost twenty month old! 🙂

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