Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s New for Dinner?” Jaycie at CouponGeek and I have made a commitment to each other and to you, our readers, to try ONE new thing in our meal planning each week. There are several reasons for this:
Week number 2 was a success! In more ways than one: not only did we ALL like the chili I made…but I made it following a loose recipe and throwing in my own ingredients as I went along. This is a huge step for my very Type A “Must Follow Directions” personality.
Here we go
I layered these in the crock pot starting at the top of the list and working my way down.
I laid the chicken breasts on top of everything else and basted some of the BBQ sauce on top of each one for extra flavoring.
I added a little bit of chicken broth to make sure that the chicken wouldn’t dry out while it was cooking.
The original recipe I looked at said to use frozen chicken breasts and to cook on high for 4 hours. I thought I was so prepared when I took the chicken out to thaw the night before…. oh well. I decided to cut the cooking time down a little and proceed. Turns out that I needed the full 4 hours anyway…and probably could have used a little more. I’m going to say “Cook on High for 5 hours”.
I added the wild rice with about 45 minutes to go. In retrospect I will either omit or add it at the beginning.
When it is done, shred up the chicken and mix in with the other ingredients.
Serve it up with a little sour cream and some Mexican style cheese and your are good to go!
Everyone at the homestead seemed to like it. I was afraid it would be a little to spicy… maybe have no flavor but lots of spicy but everyone seemed to like it. The rice was a little crunchy … it didn’t get to cook long enough. This made enough for the entire family AND we have enough for another meal. Interesting idea is to drain off the remaining liquid (although there isn’t much) and serve it in tortillas next time…maybe with some enchilada sauce.
What I Would Change:
I would add some green peppers for color…or zucchini…depending on what you have. I didn’t have either so I skipped it this time.
Omit the rice unless you have a lot of excess liquid and you want the rice to bulk it up and absorb the liquid.
I would have cooked it a little bit longer…. the meat didn’t fall apart like I would have liked it to… I’m lazy It hurts my hands to shred up chicken.
Be sure to check out Jaycie’s culinary adventure this week in her What’s New for Dinner? post at Coupon Geek.
Interested in some of my other voyages into the unknown? Other “What’s New for Dinner?” posts can be found HERE.
**Standard Disclaimer** I have horrible lighting in my kitchen that looks yellow when I take pictures. I have only my iPhone or CoolPix camera to take pictures on. I’m saving my money and my SwagBucks to get a SuperCamer (Nikon D3100) and learn how to take real and pretty pictures of food and other stuff…. like my kids. Stay tuned.