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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

I was looking for something easy to make for dinner tonight. Tony and I were both going to be working all day, and I knew it would be nice to come home to a meal almost ready to go. We're both big fans of tacos, but rarely branch out to any other meat. Occasionally, we'll do chicken, fish, or even shrimp (we're adventurous like that!), but we mostly stick to ground beef.

I decided to pull the crock pot out and throw something simple together. Glad I did! It turned out to be such a great meal to come home to after a long day. And now we even have leftovers for tomorrow! Double bonus. :) 

This literally only takes about 3 minutes to put together in the morning, then you leave it all day, and come home later to shred it. We threw it into soft shells for tacos, but there are so many things you could do with it! 

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Serve Over Rice w/Beans & Corn

That's just a few ideas. :)

Now you probably want to know what I did, huh? Let me put your mind at ease.

Just take some salsa....

....add taco seasoning.....

...throw in a little ranch dressing mix....

....and stir it up.

Now, put your chicken in the crock pot.

Pour your salsa mixture on top.
(You can spread it out a bit if you want, too.)

Set your timer.

Low= 6-8 hours         or         High= 4-6 hours

{I put mine on low for 6 1/2 hours. It automatically shut off when the time was up, but I didn't get home for another 3 hours after it was done. It stayed warm and was perfectly cooked and very moist!}

Pull the chicken breasts out and start shredding with forks.

**Want a quick tip?**
If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, place your chicken in the bowl (while it's still warm/hot!) and mix it with the paddle. You will have restaurant-style shredded chicken in no time!


3 large chicken breasts, frozen
2 c. salsa
1 packet taco seasoning
1 Tbsp ranch powder (click here for a homemade version!)


Place chicken in your crock pot.
In a small bowl, combine salsa, taco and ranch seasonings.
Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook.
(6-8 hours on Low or 4-6 hours on High)
Shred. :)


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