Chelsea, my summer intern, returns to college this week. It hardly seems possible that we've been cooking together for three months, or that we've made dozens of great recipes with only two toss-in-the-compost failures. This slow cooker green chile chicken typifies the budget-friendly recipes we've created with college students in mind. Throw a few ingredients into the slow cooker on the way to classes in the morning, and come back to a ready-to-eat dinner at the end of the day. We paired this chicken with quick and easy black beans and rice, and rolled everything in a tortilla with a bit of salsa on top. It's nutritious and economical, as a small bit of chicken is all you need with rice and beans, and you'll have plenty of time left to do homework -- or play with your kids, or read a book, or watch reruns of The Good Wife on television.
Slow cooker green chile chicken
Serves 8-10 or more, if rolled in a burrito.
2-1/2 to 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast or boneless, skinless chicken thigh, cubed
8 oz store-bought or homemade tomatillo (green) salsa
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tsp ground cumin
4-oz can roasted green chiles
Stir all ingredients together in a 3-quart slow cooker. Set the cooker to LOW for 6-8 hours. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
If you would like a thicker sauce, remove chicken pieces and turn the slow cooker to HIGH. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced to the desired consistency.
You can shred the chicken with two forks, or leave in chunks. Serve with black beans and rice, and salsa fresca, in or out of a burrito.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Turkey green chile chili
Green chile turkey meatballs
Green chile, cheese and egg breakfast or lunch muffins
Black bean, green chile and tomato frittata
Slow-cooked beef and green chile stew
Rhode Island white corn and green chile cheese muffins
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Fish tacos with creamy green chile and cilantro sauce, from Cookin' Canuck
Beer chicken green chile enchiladas, from Use Real Butter
Chayote with tomato and green chile, from Simply Recipes
Black bean, green chile and sharp cheddar baked flautas, from For the Love of Cooking
Green chile hummus, from 28 Cooks
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