Tonight we're having Mexican Chicken derived loosely from a recipe I found on the They have some really great recipes there.
Here's the original recipe
Slow-cooked Mexican Chicken
1.5 – 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or boneless chicken thighs) 1 (1.5 oz.) pkg taco seasoning mix (Make sure it’s gluten-free. We use McCormick brand – mild for my kids.) 1 Cup chicken broth or water (Make sure it’s gluten-free. We use .) 1 Cup salsa or picante sauce
Place chicken in a slow-cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning mix on top of chicken. Then, pour on chicken broth and picante sauce. No need to stir.
Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, the chicken is so tender it usually falls apart with a fork. So, use forks to shred, or pull apart, the chicken. Stir it around and let it stay warm in the slow-cooker while you prepare the rest of dinner.
Here's what I did different.....
Well, it's the day after my birthday and my husband didn't have to work so we slept in so I didn't have time to cook for 8 hours so I turned the crock pot up to high and strarted it aournd noon, we planned to eat around 4pm or 4:30. I cut the chicken in strips to make sure it really cooked!
I didn't have any chicken broth so I just added water. I used medium Picante sauce because my husband likes things with a little more kick. He would have like it hot, but I don't like it with that much of a kick! And I didn't have any taco seasoning mix so I looked up a recipe of it and About.com said it has this stuff in it
1/4 cup instant minced onion
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. crushed dried red pepper flakes
1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. instant minced garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
well, I didn't have all of that either so I added some real onion, some chili powder, paprika, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and much more cumin than they said, I really like cumin. (sorry I didn't measure anything I put in, I just kind of shook some in there)
Stuart complained that the smell starved him to death, every half hour or so he kept saying "oh my goodness that smells good!"
Well, we didn't wait long enough for it to absorb all the liquid we were just hungry! But it was so good!
We had it with corn tortillas, lettuce, cheese, you know that kind of stuff.
My husband was very pleased with this one! He said "oh yeah! My wife can cook!" now if he could only get me to clean too. : )