Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reason #97 why I love my Crock-Pot: Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Salsa Chicken

Back-to-school means back to busy days with a lot of rushing to and fro. Dinner is about tenth on my list of daily priorities, but it has to be done - and my waistline cannot handle everyday take-out.

My Crock-Pot is my friend. I can throw in a meat and a few ingredients and forget about it. Once the first grader begins her "Mom, I'm hunnnnngry" routine, I already have something ready to go.

My latest Crock-Pot success? Sweet and Spicy chicken! My husband called it his favorite crockpot recipe so far, and it needs only four ingredients. Use your Crock-Pot brand or any slow cooker. It is super simple!

Ingredients: Chicken breasts (about 1-2 pounds), chicken broth, one jar of pineapple ice cream topping, and one jar of medium chunky salsa.
  • Cook the chicken breasts in about 2 cups of chicken broth for about 4 hours on high.
  • Drain the excess broth from the slow cooker, leaving just a little bit in the bottom.
  • Mix together the pineapple topping and salsa, pour it over the chicken.
  • Cook for another 30-45 minutes.
I served this over rice with lots of the sweet and spicy sauce.

The dish reminds be a bit of chicken cacciatore - sweet but with that nice little kick of pepper flavor.  For a side, I'd recommend a simple romaine, cucumber, and cheddar salad with a ranch dressing.


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