#WeVerb12: Cook

What was your best recipe/dish of the year?

I am not a great, innovative cook. We eat in most nights and I do put together our food, but I don’t really make a lot of involved recipes. I rotate through some standard recipes and add in something special every once in a while (thanks to Pinterest!). Something that really helps me with the regular schedule is the Crock Pot. I LOVE my Crock Pot, and probably use it two or three times a week. It has really helped me make two night’s worth of food and have most of the dish ready by the time I get home. I’ve even gotten pretty good at modifying recipes to work with the Crock Pot. Our favorite is probably this recipe for Mexican-style Shredded Chicken.

The recipe is actually for tacos, but we use the chicken for various dishes. The first time I made this recipe, I followed it pretty closely, but it was fairly time-consuming. So, I modified it for the Crock Pot.

Here’s the recipe with my modifications:

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp salt

1/3 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dry oregano

Enough water to just cover the chicken, usually 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups. 

(This recipe is not spicy, but if you want some kick, a dash of cayenne pepper would do the trick.)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (or do what I do, and just dump each one in one at a time). Wash the chicken and place the pieces in the crock pot so that the bottom is covered. Sprinkle the dry mix over the chicken. Pour in water. Cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

When done, drain and shred the chicken. Serve with tortillas and taco fixings. Or make quesadillas. Or a knock off Chipotle salad. Or spice up your mac and cheese by mixing this in. That’s our newest favorite! I love that we can use this recipe for a few different dinners, and between the two of us, this recipe lasts us two dinners and a couple of lunches as well.

I’m more about practical cooking, and this recipe falls right in line with that. What do you love to make in your Crock Pot?

I originally had pictures of this recipe, but chicken breasts floating in water aren’t pretty. So, use your imagination. 



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