Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

My phone DIED!  So I couldn’t take pictures of this fabulous dish.  Take my word – it looks, smells, tastes amazing.  The best part, it’s EASY!  Here’s what you need:

 

2ish pounds of boneless, skinless Chicken thighs or breasts (I used Thighs)

1 packet of Taco Seasoning (I used chipotle Taco Seasoning)

1 – 16 oz jar of Salsa (I used Old Dutch Restaurant Style Chipotle Salsa)

 

I used Chipotle stuff because my husband really likes that smoky flavor, but you can use pretty much anything you want.

Throw your chicken into the crock pot, coat it with taco seasoning, pour the salsa over it, and set it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours depending on how cold or frozen your chicken is.

I cooked mine for 4 hours on high and it was fresh from the store.  It was SO good, nobody could guess there’s only 2 ingredients in it!  The even better part, with my crazy schedule I never have time to cook so this amount will last us all week.  We’ve had it as tacos and last night I made quesadilla’s.  Let me know what combinations you used and how it turns out!

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken – Vegetarian Substitute Tofu

 

If you’ve never tried Indian food, this is a good place to start.  Butter chicken is one of my favorite dishes.  It is so decadent and really very bad for you, but so so delicious.  There’s ways you can cut back on the fat and calories, but it just won’t taste as good!

My crock pot broke 😦 so I wasn’t able to make this with step by step pictures as per usual.  If you don’t have a crock pot you can make this on the stove and just simmer for a while.  The flavor really matures over time, but it will still taste good either way you do it.
This isn’t entirely from scratch, but it is the easiest way to do it at home.

Here’s what you need:

4-6 boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
1 onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil

Stir fry these ingredients on medium heat until the chicken has some color and the onion is translucent. Then pour entire contents of pan into crock pot.

Then add:

15 cardamom pods (we just eat these, but if you don’t just put them in some cheesecloth)
2 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp curry paste (like Patak’s hot curry paste)
1 tsp red chili powder (optional)
2 tsp tandoori masala
1 tsp garam masala
8 oz (?) of heavy cream or milk (you can use coconut milk, but that makes it Thai!)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 5.5 fl oz can of tomato paste
Salt/Pepper to taste

Throw all of that into your crock pot and mix gently.  Set it to high for 4-6hours or medium for 6-8 hours.
Serve it with some rice or naan.  I have a good recipe for home made naan without a tandoor!  Ours tastes just like the restaurant kind!  I’ll give you that recipe soon.

 

A couple of notes from the chef 🙂

If you have Indian spices at home use those to customize this dish.  If you like more of certain flavors.  The ingredients I listed make this dish less complicated and more user friendly.  If you aren’t used to cooking with Indian spices, it can be intimidating until you learn them and figure out what each one adds to the dish.  You should be able to find the things I listed here in the international aisle.

Also feel free to increase the amounts of curry powder or curry paste.  2 tsp is really very little, usually I am putting spices in by the tablespoons.

Another thing that really adds to the flavor is using bone in chicken and getting it cut so that the marrow is exposed.  The marrow darkens the gravy and just adds a nice flavor to it.

For vegetarians just add in tofu where there’s chicken!  Simple!  You should probably saute the onion and garlic before you add in the tofu because tofu doesn’t take long to brown.

If you have any questions, feel free to write me.  If you end up making it please tell me about your experience!