Slow cooker collecting dust? Try these 3 juicy chicken recipes

After making some delicious slow cooker carnitas tacos a few weeks ago, I've laid low from my usual slow cooker adventures. I love making food in it and often find it the easiest way to make meals for the rest of the week, like soups and stews. But it's not often that I find a great Latin slow cooker recipes. Determined to get back to it, though, I decided that I wanted to try something with chicken this time. I found a great slow cooker chicken ropa vieja to satisfy my Cuban cravings, a slow cooker salsa chicken that's low in calories and (of course) a slow cooker chipotle chicken recipe from my favorite Latin chef, Aáron Sanchez. I'll definitely be enjoying these this weekend.


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Chicken Ropa Vieja (recipe courtesy of Skinny Taste)

3 (22.5 oz) chicken breast halves
1 small onion, quartered
1 tomato, quartered
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup tomato sauce
reserved broth
1 tsp cumin, or more to taste (I like a lot)
garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken, onion, tomato, carrot, and 2 cloves of garlic into crock pot. Add water to cover, and set to high for 4 hours until the chicken is tender. If cooking on the stove, cook on medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Place the chicken into a bowl and shred it into strips using a fork; set aside. Reserve the liquid.

In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, green peppers, and red peppers. Cook about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in chicken, tomato sauce, white wine, and about 3/4 cup of the reserved broth to create a nice sauce. Season with cumin, garlic powder salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes more adding more broth and seasoning if needed. Makes 4 cups.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (recipe courtesy of Spark People)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

Add chicken to slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken. Pour salsa and soup over chicken. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Serve with rice.

You may use half the packet of taco seasoning (I have started doing this to reduce sodium content myself). Some slow cookers cook faster than others. Mine is a true slow cooker (have had it over 10 years.) The newer ones cook a bit faster and you may have to adjust your cooking time based on that!

Aáron Sanchez's Slow Roasted Chipotle Chicken (recipe courtesy of Sierra Mist's Eating Together/Comer Juntos initiative)

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What is your favorite way to make chicken in the slow cooker?

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Topics: array  latin slow cooker