Sunday, July 12, 2015

Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken

Between my two hourly jobs in a bookstore and a gift shop, I am surrounded by all manner of fun and interesting cookbooks. Also between said jobs and writing for the Journal, this blog, my fiction, and working on the house, I'm kept pretty busy. And until recently, Greg has been on mandatory 6 days a week, so neither one of us has a lot of time, and one of the things that can suffer as a result is dinner. This is why we make frequent use of our slowcooker! This recipe comes from the book 200 Slow Cooker Creations which I found at Catching Fireflies.

Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken (makes 3-5 servings)

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth*
1 cup salsa
1 15oz can corn, drained
1 15oz can black beans, drained
1 envelope taco seasoning (or use homemade)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

*As usual, we substituted turkey broth for chicken because Greg is allergic to chicken broth. 

This is the first recipe I have seen that has advised me to grease my slowcooker before adding ingredients. Right on! Next, you put in the chicken breasts and "pour the broth, salsa, corn, beans, and taco seasoning all over the chicken." Put on the lid and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours or 3 to 4 hours on high.

Once cooked, "remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish. Add the sour cream and cheese to the sauce in the slow cooker and then pour over the chicken." Greg ended up just putting the chicken with sauce onto plates, then putting on the cheese and sour cream there (or just cheese in his case because he doesn't like sour cream). If it were me, I'd do what the recipe instructs and mix the sour cream and cheese into a creamy sauce, which is more or less what ended up happening on the plate as we ate anyway.

Super simple, this recipe was full of flavor. We dipped tortilla chips in the leftover sauce, which is when it occurred to us that if we made this again and shredded the chicken, it would make an excellent dip! We may make this again soon, even with Greg off 6 days, because the slowcooker doesn't heat up the kitchen nearly as much as the oven or stove do, and we avoid using the air conditioning as much as possible (haven't turned it on once yet this summer).

It will be nice to be in the house where there is a window in the kitchen to let built up heat escape through (what a novelty!). We also want to install a ceiling fan to help circulate air as the house does not have air conditioning at all. I can't wait to cook our first meal in the house! There will probably be lots of pictures. Wait for it.

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