Recipe by Ima Cookin'
This recipe was created based on what I had in my kitchen and Crock-Pot Chicken With Black Beans & Cream Cheese. When I use chicken, I like tomatillo verde or green, versus a red tomato salsa or sauce. I just like the green tomatoes much better with chicken. I had one can black beans and one can small red beans, so that's what I used. I had the two different jars of verde tomatillo sauce/salsa and it worked like a charm. I made the comment that I would use two of one kind the next time and hubby said, don't change that recipe! He LOVED it. We used flour and corn tortillas and made tacos with the meat. Hubby heated and poured it over Frito's. We used sour cream and shredded cheeses for toppings. My next batch will be the filling for enchiladas in corn and flour tortillas and mozzarella cheese topped w/green sauce and queso fresco. I used a 6 qt crock pot and it's perfect size for the amount of food. Freezes very well. If you want to make it more of a soup, add chicken broth before cooking til preferred consistency for soup. You may need to add more once the cream cheese is added. Would be great with tortilla chips or over brown rice.
- 8 boneless chicken thighs
- 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans black beans, drained
- 2 (15 ounce) cans corn, drained
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) jar green chili sauce (I used Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce, Tomatillo Verde)
- 1 (15 ounce) jar salsa verde (I used Herdez Salsa Verde)
- 1.5 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese
- sea salt
- granulated garlic powder
- cumin powder
- cayenne pepper
- fresh ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- 1. Season chicken w/sea salt, and any/all of the spices listed above (or others of your own choosing) and layer in bottom of pot. If they don't all fit, just lay remaining on top. They'll be fine.
- 2.I poured my salsa/sauce, corn and black beans in a large bowl, mixed together and then poured over the meat in the crock pot. (I added a bit more of the spices into this mix as well, because we like well flavored food).
- 3. I cooked mine on high for about an hour and then on low for another 5-6 hours.
- 4. Once done, take 2 forks and "pull" the thighs like you would a pork roast to shred the meat into bite size shreds.
- 5. Put cream cheese on top of the food and cover. Just let it sit on top for about 30-45 minutes or until completely melted. Mix until all is combined well and serve as desired.
- For serving: Corn or flour tortillas, corn chips, brown or long grain rice, pasta. Use as filling for Mexican lasagna or enchiladas or anything else your mind can dream up!