Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crock Pot Latin Chicken

Crock Pot Latin Chicken
This is a great easy crock pot dish. The chicken is so tender it falls off the bone. I never thought I would produce something with great taste that didn't have actual onion or garlic pieces in the recipe! This is great though! This is a mildly spiced dish, you can adjust according to your taste, using hotter salsa in the recipe, or hot sauce individually....but it is absolutely great as is!

Crock Pot Latin Chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds skinless chicken thighs (about 4 thighs)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 bell pepper, cut into strips
1 (15.5 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 cup medium salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons garlic powder

-Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cilantro over the chicken thighs; brown the chicken in the frying pan, 3 to 5 minutes each side.

-Arrange the chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and black beans on top of the chicken. Mix together the chicken broth, 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, salsa, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and garlic powder together in a bowl; pour into the slow cooker. Set slow cooker to high for 2 hours and then low for 2 hours....or low for 5-6 hours.

-Serve over white rice. Scoop the chicken mixture on top of the rice, and ladle a little juice on top too. Serves about 3 adults.

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