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Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Black Beans

I’m back from our weekend getaway to Vegas… and back to real life.  While I gather my pics, I want to share this great recipe that we ate last week.

Remember my quasi-resolutions for 2013?  They’re pretty simple – exercise more, travel more, and cook more.  I’m doing pretty well with the first two – I’ve been going to The Bar Method at least three times a week, we just went to Las Vegas, and we have trips planned to Seattle and Auburn so far.  But as for that last resolution… eh, let’s just say I’m still working on it.  Crock pot to the rescue!

I’ve owned a crock pot before, but it didn’t make the trip from MS to CA.  I decided I needed one for 2013, and this is the first recipe I’ve tried out.  Mom sent it my way with her notes and seal of approval!  I looked it up on food.com so I could have the pin for reference (can you tell I’m totally dependent on Pinterest to keep all my ideas straight??)

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AND the best part – it’s healthy because there’s no cream-of-whatever soup involved, and my Mom recommended substituting sour cream instead of cream cheese 🙂

Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Black Beans

The Amateur Librarian // Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Beans

Time: 5-6 hours cook time on low, 30 min on high

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 boneless chicken breasts
  • One 15-oz can of black beans, drained
  • One 15-oz can of corn, drained (I used frozen)
  • One 15-oz can of salsa, any kind
  • One 8-oz package of sour cream
  • Optional: taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, bay leaves, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts into the crock pot – frozen is fine!  Add the black beans, corn, salsa, and seasoning (optional).The Amateur Librarian // Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Beans
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked (do not lift the lid).
  3. Shred the chicken with a fork, then add the sour cream – just spoon it right on top of everything else.
  4. Turn the crock pot to high for the last 20-30 minutes.

The Amateur Librarian // Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Beans

All done!  This was super delicious!  I served it over rice, and my Dad says he likes to eat it in a bowl.  Even Sam, who is super picky, liked the chicken.  He ate the rest on the side, but even that is a victory.  And my favorite part – lots of leftovers!  This will be great on top of rice, rolled into a burrito, or even on top of a baked potato.

The Amateur Librarian // Healthy Crock Pot Chicken with Beans

Thanks again to me Mom – always ready to help me keep up with my goals for 2013.  Cheers to easy and healthy recipes!

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