Saturday, August 24, 2013

Slow Cooker Shredded Fiesta Chicken

One can't beat a quick and easy meal and this recipe is just that!  In fact, one of the best parts is that anyone can make this.  You don't need to be a skilled cook either; all you actually need is a slow cooker and about 5 hours. 

Once ready, not only does this chicken turn out moist and delicious, but the possibilities of what you can add it to are endless!  I chose to enjoy the chicken by itself, but it would also be great in tacos (that's how Jeff ate it), salads, on pizzas, in omelets, on nachos, etc.  However you decide to serve it, enjoy!

Slow Cooker Shredded Fiesta Chicken
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2 – 2 ½ lbs. boneless chicken breasts
½ a small bottle of low fat Italian dressing
½ TBSP. minced garlic
1 packet spicy ranch dressing mixed into ½ a cup of water
½ TBSP. chili powder
½ TBSP. cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Spray a slow cooker with a nonstick cooking spray and then place in the chicken.  Add in all the other ingredients (I added the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper to the ranch water and whisked around to combine) and cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low for 8 hours.  When the chicken is done cooking shred it by taking two forks to each chicken breast.  Then, you will pull the forks in the opposite direction until you are satisfied with the size of the shredded pieces.

You can serve the chicken as is, or in tacos, or salads, etc…….So many scrumptious possibilities!

 Source: Adapted from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms


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