Thursday, September 16, 2010
crock pot wednesday.
It's a cheap crock pot, and it's seen a lot of use over the last few years.
Since Mondays and Wednesdays are our busiest days of the week, and Mondays' meals are pretty much planned already (Chick Fil A night the first Monday of the month with Master's, take out the other Mondays), Wednesdays are going to be crock pot meals.
Yesterday, I asked my boys what they would like and gave them two choices. Ian piped up and said he wanted the tequila lime chicken. So that's what I did.
These are the ingredients that I used. In addition, of course, to the chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
I put the black beans in the pot, placed my frozen chicken on top of that, and seasoned the top of the chicken with cumin.
I then poured the jar of Newman's Own Tequila Lime Salsa (mild) on top.
And cooked it for 8 hours, though I'm positive it was probably done in 6, since I made a potentially fatal mistake that I have never made before.
I got distracted after pouring the salsa... something the kidlets said or did. So when I went back to the crock pot I turned it on and forgot to add liquid! No water or broth or anything. We arrived home and the edges of the dish were burned.
Be that as it may, it still smelled good. I immediately turned off the crock pot and started some rice.
Got out my trusty little pot, boiled one cup of water mixed with one cup of Simply Limeade, added a cup of Jasmine rice and a bunch of culantro that I tore into pieces. (Culantro is some heavier-duty, stronger-flavored form of cilantro that is sold at Publix.)
Once the rice was done, we ate, and I realized that even with the mistakenly lacking liquid, it was still yummy. I will definitely be making it again. I won't forget the liquid next time though. A couple of cups of chicken broth will do it just fine.