Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

This upcoming Sunday I am running my first half-marathon! Well, my first official one. As I’ve been thinking about this race coming up it’s made me reflect on my running journey, and how I never thought I would be able to run 13.1 miles at one time ever.

I was never athletic growing up, and was always underweight as a child so I thought that meant I was healthy. I was wrong! I remember trying to run with a friend my freshman year of college, and almost passing out after just a quarter of a mile, having to stop and get a ride back to our dorm. Late in college I dappled in some running, but was never consistent. When I got engaged, I decided to get in shape for my wedding I was going to train for a half marathon. I started training with three of my bridesmaids and closest friends. I think the turning point for me was our first 5 mile run. It was going to be the farthest I had ever run, and all day I was nervous just thinking about it. With my friends pushing me through, I made it and felt great. It opened new doors for me to realize I am stronger than I think! Now I love running!

Reflecting on the development of my love of running, I’ve come to a few conclusions:

  • Loving something brings a lot of joy, but also requires discipline. I love my husband so much, but love is not just a happy feeling. He makes me happy, but I also have to work hard and discipline myself to be loving to him sometimes. It’s the same with exercise habits- sure, you won’t feel happy about it all the time, but when you discipline yourself to work at it, your love for it will grow!
  • I am limited to what I believe about myself. The power of the mind is unbelievable. If you believe you can’t do something, then you won’t do it, plain & simple. When you change your mindset to believe that nothing is impossible, you will achieve the impossible.
  • I need people in my life. This one sounds simple, but I can’t do it on my own. Neither can you. We all need people surrounding us to push us and encourage us, & we need to be that kind of person for others!

Thanks for listening to my brain processes! Now on to the recipe!
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This is the easiest chicken recipe I’ve got! Every Sunday night we have family night at our house. At family night, we eat dinner together and connect as a “family.” This semester I started teaching a spin class from 5:30- 6:30 on Sunday nights so I’ve needed something easy that can cook while I’m teaching & be ready when I get home! This has been a Sunday staple. It is SO easy, & makes a really tender juicy chicken that is full of flavor! I especially love having this as leftovers for the week. Try it out and see for yourself!

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Makes about 3-4 servings
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced (or other veggies of choice!)
  • 1 – 1.5 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (combination of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, pepper)
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa

Directions (I have picture directions today!):

First, place your onions and peppers (or other veggies) at the bottom of the crock pot.

IMG_6831 Next, place your chicken breast on top.IMG_6832Then pull out your seasonings! You can use a packet of taco seasoning, but I avoid those because they tend to have a lot of unnecessary ingredients & MSG.
IMG_6833 Sprinkle seasoning on top of the chicken until it is covered. I do about 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp pepper.IMG_6834 This is the salsa that I use. You can use homemade salsa or your salsa of choice. I like this kind because it is less than $2 at HEB and is made with real, fresh ingredients. The ingredients list is literally “Tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt, and cilantro.”IMG_6835 Pour your salsa on top of the chicken, then close the lid on the crock pot.IMG_6836 Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. IMG_6848 When it’s done cooking, take two forks and shred up the chicken, then mix it around with the veggies & salsa!IMG_6851 Serve and enjoy! The best part about this chicken is that it’s versatile. You can serve it with tacos, over rice & beans, on top of a salad, in a sandwich, or my favorite is pictured below- with some lettuce leaves and quinoa as a lettuce wrap!IMG_6861Be inspired,

Alexa

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2 thoughts on “Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

  1. Crockpot chicken is the best! I love to throw some BBQ sauce in with it sometimes too.
    I love how wholistic this post is! Encouraging to the body, mind and spirit! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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