The Easiest Recipe Ever

photo_2424_20070617-2In my previous post I extolled the advantages and pitfalls of using a slow cooker.  Cooking, as in life, is all about perseverance.  In my own hit and miss trials, I stumbled upon the easiest shredded chicken recipe ever.  Even the grocery list is only three ingredients long!

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By Diana DeVaul, MSW and Parent

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Slow-Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

This easy slow-cooker chicken is great served with rice or inside taco shells with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

prep time 10 min total time 4 hr 40 min ingredients 3 servings 6

1 package (28 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 pouch (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1 jar (24 oz) Old El Paso™ salsa


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In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, toss chicken with half of the taco seasoning mix to coat evenly.

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Top chicken with salsa. Stir until well combined. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.

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Remove chicken from slow cooker to bowl. Shred chicken with 2 forks. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker along with remaining taco seasoning mix. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 30 minutes longer. Serve warm.
Store leftovers in refrigerator in covered storage container up to 3 days, or freeze leftovers and thaw before using.