Friday, May 3, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas! (Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken)

Welcome friends to another Quick Dinner Ideas.  If you follow my blog then you know I'm a big fan of slow cookers and today's Quick Dinner Idea is something that my wife and I make quite often.  All you need is a slow cooker, 3 or 4 chicken breasts, your favorite seasonings, and a jar of salsa.

First, season the chicken breasts on both sides with your favorite seasonings.  We'll usually buy a chicken or steak seasoning packet at the store and use that but feel free to use whatever you want.  Next, put the chicken breasts in the slow cooker and cover them with a jar of salsa.  We've tried this with both your traditional salsa as well as Salsa Verde (green salsa) and both ways are delicious.  Once the chicken and salsa are in your slow cooker, turn it on low and let the chicken cook away for about 4 or 5 hours. When the chicken is done pull it out of the slow cooker and use 2 forks to shred it up.  It should shred really easy. After the chicken is shredded just put it back in the slow cooker with the salsa and seasonings that remain and stir it up to really get the chicken coated.  That's it, quick and easy shredded chicken.

You can store the shredded chicken or use it right away.  It should store just fine in the fridge for a few days and when you want to use it you can just heat it up in the microwave and make whatever you want.  One of our favorite things to do is make shredded chicken tacos, like in the picture to the right.  You could also add a can of corn and a can of beans to make it more tex-mex and eat it just like that or make tex-mex tacos. You can make up a bunch of this shredded chicken to have meals all week with and since there's an extremely large number of things you can make with shredded chicken you don't have to worry about getting tired of it quickly. Plus chicken is healthier and higher in protein than red meats so if you're dieting or just watching what you eat then this is perfect for you.

Please feel free to post comments and let me know what you use your shredded chicken for or ideas that you might have to make this even better.

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