crock pot chicken with black beans & corn

Happy Wednesday, everyone! How is your week going so far? We are having gorgeous weather here in Lafayette and I am trying to soak up as much of it as possible, especially now that I am both feeling loads better from that darn cold bug.

I’ve been going for long walks around the neighborhood and eating lunch outside at school. I also have been trying to take advantage of crock-pot cooking to have dinner ready and waiting when I get home. Who wants to spend extra time in the kitchen when the weather is so nice?

Here is a recipe for crock-pot chicken with black beans and corn. I made it without tomatoes, so this is a great recipe for people with heartburn or sensitivity to high-acid foods. However, you could also easily add a can of diced tomatoes or some tomato salsa to this recipe if you would like that extra flavor!

crock-pot chicken with black beans & corn

– 1 package chicken breasts {I typically use 3-4 chicken breasts so I have leftovers for lunch the next day}
– 1 can black beans
– 1 can corn
– 1 onion
– 1 tbsp minced garlic
– 1 can diced tomatoes {optional}
– 1 package taco seasoning {I use the low-sodium kind}
– 1 avocado
– cheese and/or sour cream for garnish

1. Dice the onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes on low heat with the garlic.{I think this helps bring out the flavor of the onion and garlic. If you are short on time, you can omit this step and just dump the diced onion and garlic in the crock pot without pre-cooking.}

2. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with black beans, corn, onion/garlic mixture, and tomatoes.

3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

4. About half an hour before serving, add taco seasoning and mix well. Use a knife to shred the chicken.

5. If mixture is too liquidy, take the lid off and turn setting to “high” and cook for about 15 minutes more.

6. Serve topped with chopped avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, of whatever your favorite toppings are!

My go-to staple is to serve this dish over rice. If you have a little more time on your hands, it is also delicious served over fried potato slices; I got the idea from a local restaurant that serves a dish called “Irish nachos” that uses fried potatoes instead of tortilla chips as a base. It was easy, relatively quick, and the potatoes complemented the dish nicely. It’s a good change if you’re looking for something other than rice or tortillas to serve this dish with.

fried potatoes {aka “irish nachos”}

1. Slice a potato thinly. I like to leave the skin on, but you can certainly peel if you wish.

2. Spray a pan with olive oil. Fry the potato slices until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes per side. Top with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, or whatever else your heart desires!

3. Let cool on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil before serving.

4. Top with shredded chicken/black bean/corn mixture. A delicious twist on classic nachos!

This is a great recipe to make on a busy weeknight. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And hope you are getting a chance to enjoy this lovely autumn weather!

What are some of your favorite quick, easy weeknight meals?

Till soon,
Dallas

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-Time spent: 15 minutes preparation & 15 minutes for potatoes
– Cost: about $8.00

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crock-pot chicken & veggie stew
ground turkey enchiladas
tilapia with pineapple salsa

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