Friday, May 27, 2011

Mexican Chicken Bake

I am totally stuck in a rut for dinner ideas.  Or at least I was until I remembered this recipe I had bookmarked a week or so ago.  So glad I remembered!  This was probably one of the best meals I have made in a long time.
I took the original recipe from here…Dandy Dishes
Of course I had to change some stuff around and make it all mine right?

Mexican Chicken Bake Serves 4
3 chicken breasts (follow the simple recipe below for Salsa Chicken)
1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
1 ½ tablespoons cumin
1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, or more if you really like it spicy
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional garnishes:
Shredded lettuce
Diced cherry tomatoes
Sliced avocado
Cilantro leaves
Sour cream

Preheat your oven to 375º. In a large bowl place the shredded chicken, pinto beans, spices, lime juice, sour cream, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste then mix well. Transfer to a lightly oiled baking dish and top with cheese. Pop into the preheated oven for 15 minutes then garnish the top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado slices and serve with a nice dollop of sour cream and your favorite hot sauce.

Salsa Chicken
I jar of good quality salsa (or just you favorite!)
chicken (4 breast or 8 thighs-boneless skinless)
Throw chicken and salsa into a crockpot on low and cook for 4-8 hrs depending on whether or not you had the foresight to thaw your chicken (yes, I throw frozen chicken in here).
Once the chicken is done.  You need to remove it from the crockpot and the sauce and shred it.  This chicken can now be used in tacos, nachos, or anything else that requires some nicely seasoned chicken!

***We ended up using this dish in tacos, as nachos and just like the picture is!  They loved them!!!
***You could also use a rotisserie chicken and shred that in place of the salsa chicken!


tinyskillet said...

It looks good! This is perfect for that midweek meal we need to throw together...or weekend meal. Another good thing about blogging, we get dinner ideas!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'll bet the kids loved it!!!!

RJ Flamingo said...

Geez, that sounds good, Judy! Even at 9:00 in the morning! LOL! I seriously have to get a crockpot!

test it comm said...

So quick and easy and tasty!

Cooking Contests said...

This looks great! I'd make it tonight, but I obviously won't have time to do the chicken right, so I'll have to hold out on that one... unless you have a quicker way of doing the chicken. Do you?
~Nancy Lewis~

Lindsey I DandyDishes said...

So glad you liked the recipe!! I love your spin on it, can't wait to try it soon :)

Lindsey I DandyDishes said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love your spin on it, can't wait to try it soon :)

shortyshawna said...

nice chicken ill try it as soon as i get all the ingredients

Dani.b said...

Mmm, looks yummy, I have no patience to try it! I like spicy food!
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moveme said...

Mexican food is awesome.This recipe is so easy and though so delicious.


Anonymous said...

What can I say. Absolutely delicious! We cooked it for dinner last night and everyone was really happy!Thanks for the recipe!

Food fan

Anonymous said...

Mexican chicken seems terrific. I am eager to try to prepare it.


Anonymous said...

I really like chicken and I enjoy preparing it different ways.I'll try this one tonight.Thank you!

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Miller said...

I was looking for a new way to surprise my family with a dish. This recipe is amazing. Thanks a bunch, everyone at home loved it!


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Shannon said...

This is absolutely brilliant! I am always looking for a great way to do chicken for tacos/enchiladas, this sounds fabulous!