I’m a fan of healthy, wholesome, nourishing recipes–especially ones that are simple and time-friendly. When life gets rather busy, it can be difficult to find time to plan, prepare, and serve healthy recipes that require time to plan, prepare, and serve. The recipe I will be sharing with you all today is not only healthy and wholesome (and delicious!), but also time-efficient and practically effortless.
Given that this is a crockpot recipe, it can be prepared in the morning before leaving for work, school, or a busy day of running errands. I’m preparing this recipe this morning for “Date Night” dinner this evening with my boyfriend. This provides us with a wholesome, nourishing meal that we can share in each other’s company without having to worry about complicated meal planning and preparation. It’s a win-win!
What you will need:
- 2-3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 jar of your favorite salsa (I opted for Nature’s Promise Organic Mild Salsa)
Before we dive into the recipe’s instructions, let’s take a moment to talk about the Crock-Pot. Most Crock-Pots two settings: Low and high. If yours has more options that than, that’s completely fine. I like to keep it on the low setting, which is good for those of us who are out and about while this recipe is cooking. If you know that your Crock-Pot cooks better at a different setting, feel free to adjust as needed (you probably know your own Crock-Pot better than I do!).
Now, onto the recipe itself! First, prepare your chicken breasts by rinsing them under cold water. I opted for Purdue’s Harvestland fresh chicken breasts, which are raised cage-free without antibiotics and fed an all-vegetarian diet. If you choose to do so, you may trim the chicken to your liking.
Next, transfer the prepared chicken into the Crock-Pot. Once the chicken is in, open the jar of salsa and empty its contents into the Crock-Pot, completely submerging the chicken. Take the lid to your Crock-Pot and place it over top, and turn the cooking setting to high. Leave the chicken cooking for approximately six hours, then switch the cooking setting to low prior to serving. Now, how simple was that? Dinner can be cooking while you’re out and about, without worrying about having to scramble in the kitchen at the last minute.
I like to serve this dish as chicken tacos with the addition of gluten-free tortillas and various toppings (hummus, avocado, mixed salad greens, a dollop of plain greek yogurt), overtop quinoa and vegetables to create a personal Buddha Bowl, or as a complement to roasted sweet potatoes and zucchini. This is a very versatile recipe, so feel free to get creative! Another great thing about this recipe is that there’s almost always some salsa chicken leftover, which comes in handy for meal prepping for the rest of the week. Not only are you getting a healthy, wholesome, simple, time-friendly dinner, but also a lunch for sometime later in the week!