Friday, December 28, 2012

It Tastes Like Chicken

Who has watched Steve Martin's version of Father of the Bride? I remember watching it with my parents several times-before I was courting, or engaged, or even had a relationship in the offing.

And I remember hoping against hope that my dad wouldn't act like Steve Martin. I had visions of hotdogs and hotdog buns, and jail scenes. Thankfully, he wasn't. He was a trooper. And sometimes I wonder if my parents like Mr. Hippie more than they like me. My sisters are all resigned to the fact that Mr. Hippie will always be the favorite son in law. Sorry girls.

Anyway, one of the best scenes from that movie is when they are discussing the menu for the reception. I don't remember all the entree choices. But I do remember the "chipper chicken." With whom does cheaper chicken not resonate?

"then I'd like the chipper chicken"

Beef is delicious, but astronomical. Pork goes up and down by the week. But,  chicken-well, you can always get bone chicken somewhere for $.99 a pound or less. And I can buy boneless, skinless breasts for $1.67 a pound at Sam's. Everyday low price.

Which is why my list of however many recipe ideas (here) was made up of 90% chicken recipes. Chipper chicken...

My recipe today combines two of my favorite things...chipper chicken and the crockpot.

Why do I love my crockpot so much? Time allotment. Sometimes it is hard to whip up a stunning dinner at dinner time. With a crockpot, you can choose what time works best for you- in the morning (8 hours before dinner for low mode) or in the afternoon (4 hour before dinner for high mode). A crockpot allows you to have a great dinner without the last minute fuss.

Chicken Tacos is a recipe that I tried recently. It is quick, healthy, colorful and my kids love it. Seriously, can you beat all the things going for this recipe? Chicken? Crockpot? Healthy? Colorful? Kids love?


Oh, and if you want, you can combine these amounts in a gallon freezer bag, and freeze it before cooking. Then just take it out the day before, thaw, and cook it in your crock pot.

I just like this picture. Defines summer to me. Which is great as we are covered in snow currently.

Chicken Tacos taste like summer, but are great all year round!

Chicken Tacos
1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
juice from 2 limes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
2 minced garlic cloves
1 red onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

-Mix all ingredients together in your crockpot.
-Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours).
-Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese).
-8-10 servings
-Pairs well with lettuce salad.
*Note-it tends to be rather juicy after cooking. If desired, drain some of the juice off.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some chipper chicken!

And have a wonderful last weekend of 2012!