Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Most Frequently Given Recipe-Cream Cheese & Salsa Chicken

Once upon a time, there lived a silly girl who volunteered to make roll ups for a wedding reception. Don't judge her, she was much younger than you and not as wise, and had absolutely ZERO idea how long it would take. The roll ups were delicious, and she wanted them again a few weeks later, but who has that kind of time? So I did the girl did something very smart. She turned the filling from the roll ups into a dip. The dip is just a block of softened cream cheese and approximately one cup of your favorite salsa (green lid Pace-it's the only way to go in my opinion). Mix them together until you get a creamy pink mixture, and then get a bag of your favorite tortilla chips! Its like chips and salsa, only filling, and with calcium, which means it's good for you so just shut up about cream cheese. Sometimes I obsess too much over snack foods, but in this case I think I pretty much nailed it. I decided if I could turn the dip into a meal, it would be really great. So I did. I mean, the girl did. Whatever. 

1 lb of chicken breasts or tenderloins
1 jar of salsa-again, green lid Pace is where it's at
1 block of cream cheese

Start out with a pound or so of chicken breasts or tenderloins, and put in a crockpot. You must own crockpot liners. If you don't I'm not sure how you resist the urge to just throw your crockpot away every time you use it. It's like a garbage bag for your crock pot. Don't make anything else until you buy some. Cover the chicken in salsa. It may not take the whole jar, and that's fine, you will use it again later most likely. You can add a little water to it the salsa if you will be gone for a very long time. Turn on low and let it cook all day. About 30 minutes before you want to eat, make 4-6 servings of rice, following the directions on the bag of rice. Next, remove the chicken from the crock pot, leaving the salsa liquid in the crock pot. Add a softened block of cream cheese to the salsa in the crock pot and stir in. It should end up a pinkish/orange color and taste amazing. If it doesn't, keep adding either salsa or cream cheese until it does. Use your judgement here people. You don't need much experience in the kitchen for a taste test, so don't panic on me about my lack of exact amounts. While it is combining, pull apart the chicken with two forks or just coarsely chop it. Then, add the chicken back into the salsa cream cheese mixture.
Serve over rice.

Anytime someone posts on facebook that they need a fast recipe, an easy recipe, a simple recipe, a new recipe, a crock pot recipe, a chicken recipe..I give them this one. What do you tell people to cook who are in a rut?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy and easy. Adding it to my recipe list.

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