Slow Cooker Mondays: Sweet Chicken + Black Bean Salad

My crock pot and I are the best of friends. It allows me to just dump in a bunch of ingredients and go and then come home to a house that smells delicious and a dinner that is almost all ready. If you don’t love your crock pot already, this recipe will turn you into a believer. With a bit of spice and a touch of sweet this Tex-Mex chicken salad recipe will have you coming back for seconds!

Ingredients
• 1 lb. Chicken Breasts
• ½ cup Salsa
• ½ cup Brown Sugar (You can add more if you would like it really sweet)
• 1 Tbsp Cumin
• 1-4 oz Can Diced Green Chilies
• ½ Can Sprite (Any lemon-lime soda will work but don’t substitute diet soda.)
• Cornstarch
• Cilantro Dressing (Recipe Below)
• Salad toppings of your choice

Directions

  1. Combine chicken, salsa, brown sugar, cumin, green chilies and Sprite in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours. (I always use frozen chicken breasts to save on money and allow me to leave the house longer. If you use frozen chicken, cook on low for 8 hours.)
  2. Remove chicken and shred.
  3. Thicken the juices with a bit of cornstarch mixed with water.
  4. Add chicken back to crock pot and cook for another hour.
  5. Serve on top of a warmed tortilla top with romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, tortilla strips, avocado, cilantro and lime.
  6. If you want it to be spicier, add more chilies and a hotter salsa.
  7. To sweeten it up, add more brown sugar.
  8. Use leftovers to make tacos, enchiladas or quesadillas.

Cilantro Dressing

• 1 Pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
• 1 cup Buttermilk
• ½ Bunch of Cilantro
• 1 Jalapeno diced and seeded
• 1 cup Mayonnaise
• Juice from 1 Lime
• 1-2 Tomatillos
• 1 Garlic Clove
** Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately or keep in fridge for up to one week.


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