Last week, I made a new dish for a dinner called "Salsa Chicken". I have heard and read about it before but hadn't really found a recipe for it.
I did some research and found that there are several different ways to make Salsa Chicken. You can do it in the crockpot or on the oven or on the stovetop! You can use tomatoes with chilies or you can use a jar of salsa. You can add extra spices or you can let the spices or the tomatoes be enough. You can make it creamy or you can just leave it uncreamy.
With all the different variations it is easy to make the dish to suit your palette. The majority of my family does not like chunks of veggies, especially tomato, in their saucy food. So I decided to follow a friend's advice when putting this dish together. I also decided that I was going to do a crockpot version of the recipe.
First, I cleaned my chicken pieces(I used a combination of boneless/skinless chicken tenders and breasts) and put them in my crockpot. (Sorry I remembered to start taking pics about the time I was ready to pour in the sauce!)
Then I combined one jar of Chi-Chi's Mild Salsa, one can of cream of chicken soup, and two tbsps. of taco seasoning into my blender! Then I pureed all of it! (This was my friend's advice!--I can still have the spices and flavors of the salsa without the chunks!) OH! If you and your family like the chunks then you can skip the pureeing process. Just combine all salsa, soup, and seasoning in a bowl and dump over the chicken!
Then I poured the sauce over the chicken and cooked in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. (The picture above was taken about midway through the cooking process.)
I served the chicken on to plates and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. For my sides, I served rice and corn.
With pureeing the sauce, it was thin and actually made a great gravy! My plate I actually put the chicken in a bed of rice and then topped it with cheese. It tasted very similar to having a chicken burrito without the tortilla shell!
The leftovers of the chicken were saved for a lunch and I made it into a leftover makover, I cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and heated through and made chicken tacos/burritos for the family!
Now for the exact recipe:
4 fresh chicken breasts
10 fresh chicken tenders
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 jar salsa
2 tbsp. taco seasoning
Clean chicken. Blend soup, salsa, and taco seasoning well. Pour over chicken. Cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
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