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Monday, November 30, 2009

Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos and the ULTIMATE Spanish Rice

So- i am tempting you by showing you the end result before we start! Here was the spread of the tacos. Now lets start from the beginning!

So, first you need to slow cook your chicken. (Either allow 6-7 hours for low, or 3-4 for high)
Here's all you need to start it up:
1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts OR THIGHS! (I used breasts because they are healthier!)
1 packet of taco seasoning
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles

THATS IT! Place your chicken on the bottom of your slow cooker.
In a separate bowl, mix together taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomatoes and green chiles, PLUS 1/2 cup of water. Mix well, then pour over your chicken. Slow cook for 7 hours on low, or about 3 hours on high.

Once its done, allow it to cool enough to either pull it apart with your fingers, or 2 forks. Here's what you'll get!

Keep warm while you prepare the toppings (and ultimate rice if you plan on making it!)

For toppings, GET WHAT YOU LIKE! Here's what I did
1 small can sliced black olives
Leftover mexican cheese we had
Salsa we had in the refrigerator
Diced onions (leftover from the ultimate rice recipe)
A couple of fresh tomatoes diced up
Shredded lettuce
*Don't forget to get tacos*
(You could get taco sauce, sour cream, anything you like!)

Here were our toppings:

Okay! Just heat up some taco shells. I used whole wheat soft shells, but if you like hard tacos, go for those! Its whatever you like here!


Yep! This is all you need! It all fits in a skillet!

1/2 chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups brown rice
1 t cumin
1 t salt
15 oz can whole tomatoes
10 oz can Rotel
2 cups chicken broth

First, heat your oil over medium heat and cook your onions and garlic about 2-3 minutes.
Then, add in the cumin and rice. Stir constantly for 3 minutes so rice doesn't burn! (I reduced heat here just to be safe!)

Then, add in your Rotel and whole tomatoes. Cook about 3-4 minutes (increase your heat again at this point.)
Then, add in your chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, COVER, and simmer for 40 minutes until broth is mostly absorbed and rice is soft! Serve..... YUM!

Nick called this one of his favorites. THATS HUGE. That means it ranks up there with Mexican Lasagna, Pesto Roll, and Porcupine Meatballs!


Enjoy :)

1 comment:

  1. I would just like to comment about how awesome your food items look in the Rachel Ray blue bubble bowls.....must be some wonderful aunt bought them for you for your shower!!! :-)
    Love you Al
    Aunt Kel