The Meal Planner

Joining Pinterest this summer has been an amazing resource for me for both organizing and finding recipes, gathering ideas for decorating my daughter's "big girl room" and finding fantastic preschool crafts.  I noticed that lots of people become attracted to the same recipes over and over again and I thought it might be kind of fun to test and review some of the popular ones.  First up is this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken.  Here's the original image I pinned from Chef Mommy:

Photo by Chef Mommy
Recognize it?

I've been turning to slow cooker recipes more and more since going back to work, especially on Wednesdays when we rush home from work to eat, clean up, and then host community group in our home.  I started a board called "Recipes : Slow Cooker " and this salsa chicken was one of the first recipes I ever pinned.

Recipe adapted from Chef Mommy

Serves 4-6

1 lb bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (or use chicken breast, whatever your preference.  It is not necessary to be boneless)
1 10 oz can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 package taco seasoning (or 2-3 tbsp of homemade)
1 cup salsa

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup sour cream

Place chicken, soup, taco seasoning and salsa in slow cooker and stir to combine.  Turn on low for 6-8 hours.

When you get home from work, remove chicken and shred.  Discard the bones.  Stir in black beans, corn, and sour cream, as well as the shredded chicken, turn slow cooker up to high and replace the lid.  Put a pot of rice on to cook.  Serve creamy salsa chicken over rice.

Click here for printable version of Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken.

So yummy!  The whole family loved this one.  I loved that it was super easy to throw together in the morning before work and a cinch to finish it off when I got home.  These could be eaten as Rice Bowls where everyone doctors up their own bowl with shredded cheese, chopped green onions, cilantro, etc.  The chicken is also delicious as a filling for burritos or stuffed into taco shells.  You could also serve it with Cilantro Lime Rice.

The great thing about this recipe is that all I have to remember is the number ONE: one pound, one cup, one can, one package....easy easy!

If you want to follow me on Pinterest click here.  Whenever I try recipes and really like them I place them on the board "Recipes : I Tried and Loved."

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9 Responses
  1. Erin Says:

    Thank you for testing it! I need crockpot meals for Tuesdays when I work and will be putting this on the list. Looks good!

  2. Jen Says:

    I love getting inspiration from pinterest, and I love that you put the recipes to the test! Looks so yummy!

  3. Deborah Says:

    I have loved trying out the recipes from Pinterest that I see pinned a lot. And I love the idea of serving this as a taco!!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I made this; it was a big hit with the hubs and the toddler. Thanks!
    I used about 1lb of boneless, skinless breasts, and only managed to defrost them about halfway before I had to throw them in the pot and run out the door. Cut each breast into 3 giant chunks. Cooked on high for 1 hour and low for 3. Perfect!

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  6. Definitely I will include this recipe of yours to my meal plan next week for my family. Thanks for providing us some ideas here. Ciao!

  7. Sara Says:

    I have a similar recipe with no soup and where you layer the corn, black bean, taco seasoning, frozen chicken breast, then salsa in the slow cooker in in the morning, then when you come home at night you shread and stir. I am trying to avoid slow cooker recipes with too much salt. Love your blog

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I tried the recipe today... Awesome...delicious...thanks for sharing...waiting for more like this..

  9. Kristina Says:

    I know this is an older post...but I made this over the weekend and it was amazing...especially with your cilantro lime rice (i left the butter out of the rice recipe). i also love that you have a pinterest board of recipes you've tried....i just followed yours! i also have a board like that and this recipe has just been added to it! :)