Friday, April 8, 2011

Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken

Do you ever have days when you just know you won't be in the mood to make dinner? I come across that feeling often, and luckily, the handy crock-pot comes to my rescue.

I've been saving this recipe for awhile and was happy I finally had a chance to make it. For some reason, crock-pot meals only seem perfect for rainy days, but this recipe is great come rain or shine. The chicken is so tender I hardly had to work at shredding it, and the long cooking time produced an amazing taste. I liked putting the meat back in the crock-pot after shredding it so it could soak up more of the flavorful juice.

To be honest, I made this chicken without even thinking about how I would serve it once dinner rolled around. Then I remembered something my mom used to make all time: tostadas. Tostadas remind me of mini Mexican pizzas, and not only are they ridiculously tasty, but they're easy to make and a great, fun alternative to tacos. I highly suggest making your own tostadas (using the same method as tortilla chips)—they're much stronger and have a better flavor and crunch than premade tostadas.


Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken
adapted from Good Life Eats

Ingredients:
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup tequila 
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 limes
1/3 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced


Directions:
In a small bowl combine seasonings: cumin, chili powder, coriander, garlic powder paprika, red pepper flakes and garlic cloves; set aside. Heat oil in a medium sized sauté pan. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add seasoning mixture and sauté two more minutes. Deglaze the pan with tequila and chicken broth, making sure to scrape up any browned bits. Turn off and set aside.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add to crock pot. Squeeze lime on top; add cilantro, jalapeno, and pour onion and seasoning mixture over top.

Cook on low for 3-5 hours, or until cooked through (different crock-pots cook at varying heats) and tender. Remove chicken breasts from the crock pot, let cool for a few minutes, shred and return to crock-pot on "warm" setting until ready to serve.

For tostadas: take a fried or baked corn tortilla and spread a thin layer of refried beans on top. Add chicken and build tostada with desired toppings: lettuce, cheese, onions, tomatoes, avocado, etc. We usually love salsa, but the meat was flavorful enough to not need salsa or even sour cream, but top to taste!

5 comments:

  1. This looks so good. I love tostadas!

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  2. This looks amazing! Since we're packing all week, I may be making this recipe very soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Sounds delicious! It's on my menu for next week. I'm now a follower :)

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  4. Umm wow! Maybe this should be common sense, but I almost just burned my whole house down. Tequila catches on fire. That should probably be noted. Holy mother of God... as I was freaking out debating between water or towel.. I'm glad I paid attention in fire safety lessons. Ha! I can laugh now because my house isn't on fire. I hope this is good!

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  5. I'm headed to the store right now so we can have this for dinner tonight, I can't wait to try it :)

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