Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken

So, I had this whole witty, anecdotal introduction all planned out for this post. Well, scrap that, because I just can’t wait. I need to tell you about this recipe now. Today’s recipe for creamy black bean salsa chicken might just be the easiest dinner recipe EVER. (You know, if we don’t include cereal or pbj.) Made in a slow cooker, this dinner requires 5 minutes of prep… and that’s it. It is fast, it really could not be easier, and it is delicious. The only down side? It won’t be winning any beauty pageants any time soon. But if you can look past appearances, you are in for a treat. Stan actually said I could give our beloved Chipotle a run for their money with this creamy mix of succulent shredded chicken, plump black beans, and juicy corn.

Now you might be wondering why I’m using a slow cooker, known for producing cold weather comfort foods, in the middle of summer grilling season. Well let me tell you. Yesterday was my first day back at work post-mono, and I didn’t think I’d have it in me to cook dinner when I got home. I wanted dinner to be done and waiting for me. Thank goodness I did, because I was beat! And while it’s true that this dish doesn’t exactly make the most of summer produce, sprinkling some fresh cilantro on top and serving a chunky chopped salad alongside brightens things up nicely.

Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken
Adapted from Perry’s Plate

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup salsa
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can corn, drained
1 packet taco seasoning mix *
1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

* I like Trader Joe’s brand because it is gluten-free and does not have any preservatives.

Grease a slow cooker with non-stick spray and place the chicken inside.

Add the chicken broth, salsa, black beans, corn, and taco seasoning mix.

Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high.  (The chicken should be falling apart tender.)

Remove the chicken and place it on a plate or cutting board. Use two forks to shred the chicken. (Give it a taste – it will be juicy and delicious!)

Add the cheese and sour cream to the sauce remaining in the slow cooker and stir until melted.

Return the chicken to the pot and stir to combine. (You can also serve the sauce with the shredded chicken on top.)

Serve hot with rice and/or tortillas.

Serves 4 to 6.


  1. Holy cow this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it!

  2. Katie said that I should post my comment instead of giving it over the phone, so here it is: I didn't have all day to slow cook this recipe so I cooked it within 1 1/2 hours on the stove. I used a little bit more of the chicken stock to cook the chicken in and I made sure that the pot was large enough, but not too large so that the chicken was covered with liquid the entire cooking time. I also cut my chicken breasts in 1/2 so that they would cook more quickly. Delicious.
    The next time I make this dish, and it will be soon, I will serve it over griilled polenta. Mom

  3. Mom - Thanks for sharing your adaptation!

  4. This recipe is delicious and super easy! I have shared this recipe with several girls at school and their families love it, too. Lisa p

  5. Lisa - I'm so glad you like it. Thank you for sharing it with your coworkers, too!

  6. This recipe was awesome! My whole family loved it (including a verrrry picky toddler) and I can't wait to make it for company!

  7. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing it. On our second time making it,and we just found it 4 days ago!

  8. Well its in the slow cooker. Smells amazing! Oh and I doubled the recipe because it sounded sooo good. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sounds delicious! Can I use frozen chicken breast in this recipe?

  10. This was incredible! Addicting! I was like an addict with it. FYI - I didn't have salsa at home so I used a can of diced tomatoes. It made it more liquid, but it was absolutely delicious, especially served over rice with extra sauce. Thank you.

  11. How do u remove the chicken to shred it up when it is already falling apart & mixed in with the rest of the ingredients?



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