Sunday, January 27, 2013

Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mmmmmmmmmm, Lexi and I went out to brunch with some friends today. Bottomless mimosas (not for munchkin or myself) and Baja brunch, can you think of anything better?! Before we left this morning to head down to Newport, I threw dinner in the good 'ole crock pot. Girl's days are not affairs to be rushed and I didn't want to worry about having enough time to make dinner tonight, so crock pot it is! I just slopped a bunch of ingredients I had lying around in Bessy (what? you don't name your crock pot?!) and the result was amazing!! The best part was it could be adjusted to be high-cal for Matt who is trying to gain weight or low-cal for those of us without a freakishly cheetah-like metabolism. Also, would have been great with bottomless mimosas... Hmmmm, Maybe next time.

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts a little over 1 lb
1/2 a jar of salsa
1 T lime juice
1 t cumin
can of chicken broth
3/4 cup of brown rice
2 cobs of corn
1 can of black beans
little bit o salt
little bit o pepper
lettuce for wraps

--Optional for higher-cal
sour cream
shredded cheese

First mix the salsa, chicken broth, lime juice and cumin together and set aside. Salt and pepper those chicken breasts and throw 'em in your Bessy. Pour the salsa mixture over the chicken. Here's the fun part; head out to brunch, enjoy your day out and return home in 5 hours. Shred the chicken, it should be so shred-able that it will fall apart just by mixing the mixture with the occasional forking of the occasional large piece of chicken. Add the corn, black beans and rice and let it sit for another hour and a half or until the rice is tender, stirring every so often to get all the rice cooked. Next, slop the chicken onto a lettuce wrap if you are trying to be healthy, or a tortilla with all the trimmings (cheese, sour cream, guac)if you are trying to add some extra calories or just generally enjoy eating delicious things!! Then listen to the heaps of praise your family lays on you. Or in my case my husband muttering through bites, "This is pretty good!"

Here's a pic of the finished product, while it may not look like a culinary masterpiece, let me assure you it is my exceptionally horrendous photography skills and not to wrap itself. It really is delicious!! Sunny sure wanted some!

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