All you need is chicken, salsa, one lime, taco seasoning and fresh cilantro!
1.33 lbs chicken
16 oz jar of Salsa
1 lime, halved
homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet taco seasoning mix)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
optional: cheese, sour cream or other toppings
First, I had to make my taco seasoning. I use this homemade taco seasoning recipe, and just make one batch at at at time so I don't have to worry about storing it. (It's enough for a standard recipe of 1 - 1 1/2 pounds meat.) You can use a packet of store-bought taco seasoning if you choose.
I placed the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkled both sides with a little of the taco seasoning.
Next came the salsa mix. Normally for this type of recipe (and amount of chicken) I'd use an 8 oz jar, or preferably my mother-in-law's canned salsa, but since I had a 16 oz jar, I used just over half of it. The rest was saved for "fresh" salsa topping or just to dip if anyone wanted. Into the salsa I mixed the rest of the taco seasoning, half of the lime juice, and the chopped cilantro. (I just eyeballed the cilantro, didn't worry so much about measuring it.)
I poured the salsa mix over the chicken, making sure it covered the tops and sides and went between the two pieces.
I put mine in after lunch, before I cleaned the kitchen, so I cooked on high about 4 hours--you could probably also cook on low for 6-8 hours. This was a very aromatic dish, and smelled so good when I walked back into the house after being outside! After four hours, it looked like this . . .
It was very tender and shredded effortlessly. I shredded the chicken and mixed it back in with the salsa. I then switched the crock pot to warm while I cooked the rice.
I intended to make some Mexican rice for a side dish, but time got away from me and I just used the rice as a "filler" and mixed it into the chicken which was good too.
This is a very versatile dish and it be used in tortillas . . . (I told you, if you let him dress it like a taco, one of my kids will eat anything.)
Delicious! We loved it! My 8 year old loves anything called a "taco" and cleaned his plate. My 6 year old is not a taco fan, but even my toddler ate a good bit of hers, considering her declaration that she didn't want it. The husband raved. I liked this chicken better than any other crock pot chicken taco recipe we've tried to date, so for now, this will be my go-to recipe!
Inspiration: Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
I followed this fairly closely, although I used homemade taco seasoning and essentially cut the recipe in half, due to the amount of chicken I needed for my family. I slightly altered the steps, but none of the changes should have affected the results, and since we loved it, I will certainly recommend this recipe!
What's your favorite taco/nacho recipe? I'm always looking for new recipes to appease my Taco Tuesday kid . . . so please, for the sake of diversity and all things Tacos . . . share away!
Letter C (Cilantro Lime Chicken)
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