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Chicken Thighs with Brussels and Sweet Potato – Baked in one Pan

chicken nestled above vegetables --showing depth of pan This recipe came to me through a friend and I love suggestions for new recipes that inspire me so thanks to you Eliza once again. The original version of this recipe is from Skinnytaste and I must admit that I made it my way with a little less skinny but I think it was still very healthy. If you’d like to see the original and more diet-conscious recipe please go to Skinnytaste.

This is what I did the other night and I will say that it all came together rather quickly and very deliciously. Recipe as is should serve 4 with large thighs. I would probably add a fifth thigh for 4 people though. If you’re using smaller thighs then 6 small ones and I would probably make a salad or soup first.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

Olive Oil

1 lb. Brussels Sprouts – cut in half the long way

2 medium sized sweet potatoes — peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

4-6 large chicken thighs — see note above

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

Fresh Rosemary

Directions:

I used an oval shaped Le Creuset — you can use a ceramic one as well and if you can use oval it’s nice but I am pretty sure this would be good in another shape but make sure it’s deep enough–see photos

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking dish with cooking spray

Place sweet potatoes on one side and the Brussels on the other. You can use olive oil spray but I just dribbled olive oil over the veggies to give them a light glaze – and sprinkled with salt and pepper. I gently mixed and then made sure that brussels were on one side and potatoes on the other.

Season both sides of the chicken well with salt, pepper and garlic powder

Place chicken thighs on top of the veggies, skin side down and I added about 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary placed around chicken — see photos

Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the chicken to a plate and stir the vegetables

Place the chicken back on top of the vegetables skin side up this time. Bake till skin is browned and the vegetables are roasted and tender, about 30-35 minutes depending on your oven. I then put broiler on and broiled for a few minutes more but only a few minutes you don’t want to burn them.

Enjoy this delicious hearty not heavy meal.

 

 

Maple Dijon Sheet Pan Chicken

I made this recipe for dinner last night and am just saying that it was pretty amazing. Delicious and nutritious. Very easy to prepare especially if you buy pre-cut butternut squash. Brussels hold up to the high heat and Butternut Squash just caramelizes and softens up beautifully.

This recipe says Fall and it’s so easy to purchase , prepare and serve.

Happy Halloween to all of you out there.

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Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard –

3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup–whenever you can use Pure

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce — reduced sodium is fine here and I almost always use reduced sodium

6 large Bone – in Chicken Thighs — or 8 small ones

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

app. 12 oz . Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and halved–a little more or less is fine

app. 12 oz. Butternut Squash cut into cubes — I probably used 16 oz. and it’s fine

app. 8 sprigs of fresh thyme

app. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large rimmed sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside

In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp. Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup and 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

Pat and Dry Chicken Thighs and sprinkle generously with Kosher Salt and Freshly ground Black Pepper on both sides and then arrange chicken on prepared baking sheet

In a large bowl, combine the Brussels and the Butternut, thyme, olive oil and about 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher Salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill and toss well with a large spoon till all vegetables have a nice glaze over them. Arrange the vegetables on the baking sheet around the chicken. Pour the Maple-Dijon-Soy sauce over the chicken , turning to coat the chicken completely and pour remaining sauce over the vegetables ( I place Brussels halved side down– I like the way they cook up this way) I use a silicone pastry brush to brush chicken — it’s a great kitchen tool and goes into the dishwasher.

Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, app. 40 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 1 Tablespoon Mustard and 1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup

After 40 minutes I poured this mixture over the chicken and placed under the broiler for another minute or so. If you don’t want to broil just put back in the oven and place oven rack a little closer to heat for another 5 minutes or so. All ovens differ and I like the skin crispy. Chicken is cooked through when inner temp. is 165 degrees.

I served over Rice Pilaf and it was perfection on a plate and prep to table in about an hour.

 

 

 

Easy Chicken Soup with Orzo and Lemon

photo 4 (24) photo 5 (27)photo 2 (33)I literally started this soup at 5 p.m. and app. one hour later I was eating it.  Now that’s always a good thing in my book. Usually I slow cook my broth etc. and it takes hours ( Homemade Chicken Soup ) but this time there was no time, I wasn’t feeling great and wanted that homemade flavor without all the work . You can certainly cook your own chicken if it works out for you time wise. This would also be perfect with leftover chicken. I bought a rotisserie chicken and this is what I did. For those of you who saw it on Instagram and Facebook–this one’s for you. One more little thing, the fresh dill is the secret ingredient and gives it that wonderful layer of flavor, don’t skip it. I also squeezed fresh lemon into each bowl of soup , this added yet another wonderful layer of flavor to this soup. This is also a fairly low-calorie soup because whole soup is made with only 1/2 cup of orzo and it was plenty. I used these vegetables this time but feel free to add parsnips, mushrooms, kale or any other veggies you like.

Ingredients:

1 Rotisserie Chicken, skin removed and shredded .

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 leek, white and pale green parts only, halved lengthwise, then sliced crosswise about 1/2″ thick

2 stalks celery, sliced into 1/2″ thick slices (app.)

2 large carrots cut into 1/2″ rounds. I found beautiful organic baby carrots and used them, it’s about 2 large carrots but feel free to use a little more or less.

1/2 cup of orzo

6 – 8 cups chicken broth, if you have homemade broth/stock good for you and use it. If not the box ones are awesome. Low-Sodium is good here if you’re concerned about the salt.

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

app. 1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill

*Lemon halves for serving

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the leek, celery and carrots. Cook veggies, stirring often, until vegetables are soft, 10-15 minutes. I threw a little salt and pepper in to vegetables during this period, you can taste for salt and pepper again.

Add 6 cups of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer for about 20 minutes, just till carrots are soft.

After about 20 minutes, I added 1/2 cup of orzo and cooked for 8- 10 minutes. Taste for Salt and Pepper.

I then added the shredded chicken and dill and I also added a bit more of the chicken stock at this point since broth cooked down a bit. You can always add a little water if you’ve run out of broth.  I heated soup a bit more and served with lemon halves, squeezing a bit of lemon into each bowl of chicken soup before serving.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Peppers and Potatoes

I cooked up this easy sheet pan dinner last night with chicken thighs and peppers and small red potatoes. It was very easy and it was prepped and ready in practically no time. I started cooking late and was worried that we weren’t going to ever sit down and eat and before I knew it we were eating this delicious chicken. A few simple ingredients helped to make this delicious dinner in no-time. I love that it is a complete meal on a sheet pan helping to make clean-up pretty snappy as well.

I asked the butcher to remove the bones from the chicken thighs –leaving on the skin . You can use bone-in thighs if you’d like, I was just experimenting with this recipe and liked the fact that the bones were removed. I find the dark meat more flavorful than your typical boneless chicken breasts. So this recipe worked out beautifully with the skin on bone removed chicken thighs and obviously would work out well with bone-in chicken thighs as well.

Another Day Another Sheet Pan Dinner!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

this recipe as is should serve 4 — I adjusted accordingly for 2

2 pounds skin-on chicken thighs, bones removed–I used 3 thighs and they were 1 1/2 lbs. You’ll probably get 4 large thighs or 6 small. You can always add a little more . I would say 6 thighs for 4 people which will probably be more than 2 lbs.

1 pound small red potatoes , cut in half

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice , app. 2 lemons

Olive Oil–probably about 2-3 Tablespoons — and you may use more –you’ll have to play with it as you go .

2 Tablespoons dried Oregano

1 Tablespoon dried Basil

1 clove garlic minced

4 peppers, I like the mix of colors red, yellow or orange –cored, seeded and sliced in 1/2 ” strips

Directions:

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400 degrees. Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven while the oven is heating.

Season the chicken and the cut potatoes with 1-2 teaspoons of the salt and about a teaspoon or 2 of olive oil just to get a glaze over everything . Obviously if you’re using 2 lbs. of chicken you’ll need more oil and salt.

When oven reaches 400 degrees –remove pan and place chicken-skin side down in the center of the pan and potatoes , cut side down, around the edges of the baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, garlic, oregano and basil in a small bowl and whisk to combine, set aside. Place the cut up peppers with another teaspoon of olive oil and app. 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and a little freshly ground pepper in a medium bowl and toss to combine. I like a light glaze of oil over the peppers so if you need a little more use it– just go sparingly because you can always add but you can’t take away.

Flip the chicken over after 15 minutes to skin side up. Using a brush ( I love the silicone ones) brush the chicken with the lemon-herb mixture. Scatter the peppers around the chicken and if there is more of the lemon-herb mixture brush on potatoes as well. ( I did)

I cooked for another 20 minutes and then put under the broiler for a few minutes. If using the broiler keep an eye on it. Remember all ovens are different and all chicken thighs are different sizes, mine were a little larger. You’ll want to bake until the chicken and potatoes are crispy and peppers are tender and a little browned around edges.

 

 

Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Balls

It is soup season again. the chill in the air makes it the most perfect time of year to start making soup for dinner again. even if you live in a warmer climate this is a most wonderful meal. paired with a salad and some crusty bread you have a very heartwarming meal.

Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Balls

this is one of my absolute favorite recipes. It is a soup , which is also a full meal. It is hearty and pretty healthy.  It is one of my staples from September through April. It freezes well and you can just take it out of the freezer the night before, and you’ll have a wonderful meal the next evening. When you defrost it you will probably want to add broth/water to it. add a little at a time till you get the consisitency you like. Enjoy:)

Ingredients: chicken balls

1 lb. ground chicken

1/2 lb chicken sausage, casings removed

3 slices whole wheat bread for bread crumbs ( I put into food proccesor with steel blade for crumbs) i remove crusts . should be app. 1 cup of bread crumbs

2 teaspoons minced garlic ( 2 – 3 cloves)

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano ( fresh is best) but whatever you have will do

1/4 cup grated Parmesan ( again nothing beats fresh) but whatever you have will do here as well

3 tablespoons milk

1 extra large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Soup Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small -medium yellow onion minced

1 cup diced carrots ( 3 )

1 cup diced celery (2 stalks)

10 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup dry white wine( use whatever you have open)

1 cup small pasta tubetini, ditalini, stars, etc.

5 ounces fresh spinach, washed and trimmed

*fresh dill ( I love the flavor) add at your own discretion about 1/4 cup minced fresh dill.

Directions:

preheat the oven to 350 degrees  put parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

for the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage,bread crumbs, garlic, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, salt and pepper  all in a bowl and mix well with a fork.  I use a teaspoon, and make 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and drop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. you should have about 30 to 40 small balls. bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. set them aside. (I made about 30 balls, they were a little larger this time out)

For the Soup:

 heat the olive oil over medium – low heat in a large heavy bottomed soup pot ( Le Creuset type pot) Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute until softened, about 10 minutes, don’t brown. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil, at this point I let soup cook a while to soften the vegetables, app. 1 hour. ( a low simmer) if you’re in a hurry you can probably do the whole soup in 1/2 hour , veggies will be soft enough to eat. if some of the liquid evaporates you can always add a little more broth.

chicken balls out of the ovenItalian Wedding Soup cooking

 Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook another 6 – 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Add the meatballs and simmer for another minute or so. taste for salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for another minute or so, the spinach will just wilt. Ladle into soup bowls and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Greek Chicken–Sheet Pan Style with Potatoes and Lemons

This recipe kept coming my way through a friend and for some reason I hadn’t made it till the other night. Let me just say that it worth the wait. It was so delicious and it’s one of those recipes I will definitely make again and again. Thank you Eliza for continuing to tell me about it and for your input always. A big thank you to Pamela Salzman for this wonderful recipe and you should all check out her blog @pamalasalzman.com

I pretty much followed the recipe as is and the marination is key to it’s success so don’t skimp on that part. Just keep in mind when cooking on a sheet pan all together –the pieces all need to be as uniform in size as possible so that they cook together at the same approximate time. So meat needs to be the same size and the veggies should be as uniform as possible.

So thanks again to Eliza and Pamela Salzman for this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus a little extra

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (app. 2 large lemons) plus 1 lemon thinly sliced

1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon minced garlic — app. 2 large cloves

2 Tablespoons dried oregano plus extra for sprinkling

2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt or Sea Salt whichever you have on hand, plus extra for sprinkling–I used Kosher Salt and it was just fine

Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste

I used 1 Chicken Breast split once and then cut in 1/2 which will give you 4 small pieces and I used 4 nice sized Chicken Thighs– any combo or just white meat or just dark meat — pieces just need to be app. the same size –8 thighs is fine as well or breasts but buy them split and then cut into 4 smaller pieces

1 Red Onion, sliced into 1/4 wedges — onion will fall apart and that’s fine

1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced into 1 inch pieces — important that all the pieces cook at the same time so make sure they pieces are app. 1 inch and not too big or too small

Directions:

In a large bowl , whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.

Place the chicken in the bowl and toss to coat all the pieces. Allow to marinate overnight or at least 6-8 hours. I recommend overnight or first thing in the morning.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and I sprayed my stainless sheet pan . You can use parchment paper but not necessary if you spray.

I took Chicken out of refrigerator and brought it to room temperature. Then I put potatoes and onions on the sheet pan sprinkled with a little olive to finely coat and then I added chicken and lemon slices and sprinkled with salt , pepper and a few pinches of dried oregano. This step was important for me as I felt the chicken needed a little more salt and the potatoes definitley did. I mixed around so the marinade got on everything as well.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Breasts could take a little longer — mine didn’t. My chicken was also browned beautifully if you’re wanting it to be more browned stick under the broiler for a minute or two and keep your eye on it if it needs more time. Chicken should be cooked through before this step though.

I also roasted a mix of cauliflower and brussels sprouts which added a nice flavor . Plus a small green salad with mustard dressing. This was our dinner and I will be putting this on repeat for sure.

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Honey Roasted Chicken – Holiday Chicken

DSCN4234DSCN4234this recipe was actually given to me by my daughter Jennifer.  She has made it numerous times. always to raves from the family.  It is a delicious chicken dish made with honey so it so appropriate for the jewish new year! sweet and savory as our new year should be! enjoy it.  if anyone out there has some holiday ideas i’d love to hear about them. pay attention to cooking directions as you will not be preheating oven!!!!!!

Ingredients:

1 stick butter or margarine

1/2 cup minced yellow onion

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup Dijon Mustard

1/2 cup mild honey

1 teaspoon kosher salt

a rounded teaspoon curry powder

2 tablespoons peach or mango chutney ( available in most supermarkets)

small handful of dried currants or chopped dark raisins

2 roasting chickens  cut up in 8’s or you can cut recipe in 1/2 and use 1 chicken and 1 roasting pan

Directions:

you will need 2 shallow baking sheets with 1 inch rims ( you may be able to get it on 1 large sheet)Spray baking sheets well with cooking spray.

to make sauce:

Melt butter/margarine in a heavy 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. while it is bubbling, saute onion and garlic until softened, about 3 – 5 minutes. add remaining ingredients except for chicken and stir until well combined. heat until warm throughout and set aside to cool slightly.

to prepeare chicken:

I would spray each baking sheet with pam cooking spray first

Rinse and pat chicken dry . (each piece) dip each piece in honey mixture, coating chicken completely. lay chicken pieces ( skin side up) on baking sheets. spoon any remaining sauce over chicken.

To Bake Chicken:

place chicken in a cold oven, turn heat to 400 degrees and bake for one hour. if you are using 2 baking sheets , roast in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and switch shelf positions 1/2 way through the cooking time.

to serve:

Transfer chicken to a warmed serving platter and serve . this chicken is good hot, at room temp. and cold out of fridge the next day.

*if you cannot find peach or mango chutney ( I found it at Whole Foods) Stonewall Kitchen Brand , you can use Peach Jam, Apricot Jam, etc. Probably Saucy Susan would work. Use your imagination and don’t kill yourself trying to find the chutney. I think the chutney would give it a bit more kick, and cut the sweet, but either one will be fine.

Happy Holiday from my Kitchen to Yours

Chicken Fajitas on the Grill

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IMG_5593.JPG Wow–Fajitas on the Grill and the best part is there were no pots and pans to clean up! Cooked in Aluminum Foil Packs right on the grill! They call them Hobo Packs.

Very quick prep and delicious ingredients. Feel free to substitute whatever peppers you would prefer. This is what I did.

Last night there were 4 of us so I used about 2 lbs. of chicken but kept everything else the same and it worked out just fine!

You’ll need heavy-duty aluminum foil for the grill.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken tenders–you can 1/2 them lengthwise into thin strips or leave them whole which is what I did. If you can’t find tenders use a cutlet and cut into thin strips.

1 medium red onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick (approximately)

1 poblano chile or serrano chile whatever you can get. Stemmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips. I used both .

1 Red Bell Pepper–cut into strips lengthwise

1 Yellow Bell Pepper –cut into strips lengthwise

*you can really use any peppers that you’d like–these are the ones I used Shishito Peppers would be wonderful as well.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper- you’ll need to be fairly generous with the salt –I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill.

4 -6 fresh oregano sprigs–at least 1 in each packet–I used 2 in each packet.

1 lime, thinly sliced crosswise

Warm flour or corn tortillas, sour cream , guacamole and salsa and some hot sauce for serving. I used small tortillas but any kind will work out nicely. This is a very easy Summer Meal.

Directions:

Cut up all the veggies, onions and chicken and light the grill, I had the grill turned up high , it should be medium to high. I put it to high to pre-heat and then lowered to a more medium – high, if you are unable to do this step just check on them after 12 minutes to make sure the bottom isn’t burning.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken, onion and all the peppers with the olive oil and cumin seeds. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss again.

Arrange 4 14 inch sheets of heavy duty foil on a work surface ( see pics) app. 14 inches don’t get the ruler out. Just eyeball it, it needs to fit a pile of veggies and chicken. Last night I increased the chicken so we had about 6 packs.

Pile the chicken and veggies evenly on one 1/2 of each foil sheet and top with the oregano and lime slices. Fold the foil over the ingredients and pinch the edges to seal.

Place the foil packets on the grill, close the lid and cook over moderately high heat until the chicken is cooked through, anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes.

Open the packets and serve with warm flour fajitas, sour cream , guacamole, salsa and hot sauce.

*Packets can be made a night ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Easy Peasy Chicken Caprese

This is one of those recipes that I make that is so super easy. Very few ingredients and other than cutting tomatoes and mozzarella balls, there is very little prep. You gotta love meals like this, especially in the summer when these beautiful heirloom tomatoes are abundant. I really only make this in the summer . It is light and delicious and makes for a beautiful salad as well and you can serve it at room temperature. I made this last night with burnt brussel sprouts on the side . You’re not going to believe how easy this is. It’s amazing!

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Ingredients:

1 container marinated bocconcini ( mozzarella balls) you will need the oil from the container to marinate chicken ( it comes in an olive oil marinade with spices)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves , I buy them pounded thin

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 pint heirloom ( if you can get them) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

*a little cut up basil is always a good idea!

Directions:

Take bocconcini balls out of the marinade. Cut bocconcini balls in quarters. Transfer about 1/2 of the marinade from bocconcini to a medium size baking dish , add the chicken , salt and pepper the chicken and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before cooking. If you’d like you can refrigerate , and take out and bring to room temperature before grilling.

Put cheese in a bowl, add the remaining oil marinade and add the cut tomatoes to this bowl. Salt and Pepper to taste, give it a good stir and put in refrigerator till you’re ready to cook chicken. I removed from fridge about 1/2 hour before I cooked the chicken. Just bring it to room temperature.

Grill the chicken over medium high heat , till you get nice grill marks, probably about 8 minutes. You can cut the chicken into smaller pieces and mix with tomatoes and cheese. I just plated up the chicken and put tomato/cheese mixture on the plate. Perfect summer meal.

Happy Cinco de Mayo–Set it and Forget it Chicken Taco Chili

This is a good way to celebrate  Cinco de Mayo!!! Super easy recipe and will cook in the slow cooker on high in 6 hours! So set it and forget it.

Slow cookers make for perfect cooking all year round. Nothing better than setting it and forgetting it! Making life easier and less clean up after dinner. I bought all my ingredients yesterday and went to Soul Cycle this morning , came home and by 10 am this was cooking in the slow cooker. I actually put it to high cook for 6 hours and I am sitting here smelling all this deliciousness . I happened to have a package of Taco Seasoning Mix in the house so I used it along with cumin and chili powder. I used dark meat and white meat chicken, you can use whichever chicken you’d like. Just set it and forget it and come home to this delicious meal of chicken . If you don’t own a slow cooker this may be a good time to buy one!

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Ingredients:

1 small yellow onion , chopped

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained-you don’t have to rinse the organic beans. If you already have them in the house and they’re not organic just rinse them with water and drain.

1 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained -you don’t have to rinse the organic beans–same instructions as above

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

10 oz. package frozen corn kernels

2 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes with chilies –available in the Mexican Food aisle in the supermarket

4 oz. can chopped green chili peppers, chopped–also available in the Mexican Food aisle

1 packet Taco Seasoning- *if you don’t like using Taco Seasoning see note below

1 tbsp. cumin

1/2-1 Tbsp. chili powder

Kosher Salt to taste–if using the package of Taco Seasoning you may not need extra salt , wait till 6 hours of cooking are over and taste for salt . I sprinkled a little bit at the end of seasoning to taste.

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and I added 6 small skinless , boneless chicken thighs and if you cannot find boneless don’t worry because the meat will fall off the bones and you can remove all the bones from the chili before serving.

I don’t know the nutrition information but I have to believe that this is a fairly low-fat , low caloric way to go. I added the dark meat so maybe not as light as you can make it. Enjoy!

*handful of fresh cilantro – chopped if you would like

Directions:

Combine drained beans, onion, chili peppers, corn , tomato sauce, diced tomato, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well.

Nestle the chicken in to completely cover and cook either on Low for 8-10 hours or on High for 4-6 hours. I did it on high for 6 hours.

App. 1/2 hour before the cooking was over I thought I would shred the chicken, when I opened the slow cooker and started to stir the chicken it all just fell apart on its own!!! This was so amazing how I didn’t even have to do that. I guess it cooked so long that it just fell apart! This was just perfect and tasted so delicious! If that is not your experience and you only cook for 4 hours you may want to shred the chicken yourself about 1/2 hour before finished. But mine really did shred itself as I stirred it with a wooden spoon.

Top with fresh cilantro and your favorite chili toppings! I also serve with soft corn tortillas. You can use crunchy taco shells or whatever you’d like, this is totally optional. And some avocado never hurt anyone!

Yum!!!

*to make your own seasoning follow this

1 1/2 Tbsp. Cumin

1 1/2 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Onion Powder

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper