We interrupt your regularly scheduled tech blog for something a little different…
With the new day job, the night job, and going back to school things have been a bit hectic. Finding time to cook has been difficult and I’m trying to keep my budget lean until things get going which means eating out is not ideal. I’ve been looking for options where I can cook once and have several meals to eat off during the week. One of my easy standbys is Crockpot shredded chicken. Here’s what you need:
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (I usually cook 4–6 at a time)
- 2–3 Cups Chicken Broth (combine with water to just cover the meat in the crockpot)
- One Can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies (Or just diced tomatoes if you prefer)
- 1 package of Taco Seasoning Mix
- You can optionally add extra veggies or beans (dry or drained)
This recipe is as easy as it gets. First thing in the morning, combine all of the above in the Crockpot, mix it up, and add additional water as necessary to just cover the meat and cook for 8–10 hours on low. I’ll typically leave the chicken breasts in frozen if I am cooking them all day, depending on the thickness of the cuts. However, because cooking times and Crockpots vary, you’ll want to check chicken with a thermometer the first time you make this to make sure they’re fully cooked.
When you return home at the end of the day you should have fully cooked chicken that is either already starting to fall apart or will easily pull apart with a fork. I'll make a meal while it's still warm and put the rest it in the fridge to use all week for various meals to include tacos, salads, enchiladas, and more. If you don't have a Crockpot, you should look into it, they're inexpensive and great of easy meals. You can even get a fancy Internet connected Crockpot.
A Side Note from Katie: I realize this isn’t the typical post you’ve come to expect from my blog. I’m experimenting with occasionally (maybe a few times a month) adding a more lifestyle type post in the mix. I promise, the primary focus of the site will remain tech. But this is KatieFloyd.com, and there is more to me than just tech. What do you think? You can drop me a note on Twitter with your thoughts. Thanks.
Update: Thanks for the positive feedback. By popular request, here's the finished product with some of the excess liquid drained: