Thursday, April 12, 2012

Salsa Ranch Chicken Taco Salads

Everyone seems to love salsa chicken, and everyone seems to have their own version of it. My favorite version is basic, simple and delicious: a jar of salsa, a cup of chicken stock, and spices. When I made the chicken for these salads, I added a packet of ranch dressing mix, which was a stroke of genius on my part, I must say. I piled the cooked chicken on top of taco salads loaded with tons of toppings and drizzled the entire thing with even more ranch dressing. These salads were so delicious, and made for such an effortless weeknight dinner.

(Sorry my posts have been short the past couple of days. I’ve been beyond busy!)

Salsa Ranch Chicken Taco Salads

For the chicken:

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 16-ounce jar salsa
1 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 packet ranch dressing mix

For the salads:

1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 packet of Mexican rice, cooked according to package directions
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
Shredded cheddar cheese
Corn chips
Ranch dressing

1. Place the chicken in a Crock pot. Add salsa, chicken stock, chili powder, cumin, and ranch dressing mix; stir to combine and evenly coat the chicken. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours. When ready to eat, remove chicken and shred with two forks.

2. To assemble the salads, arrange lettuce on a plate. Top with rice, beans, corn, chicken, cheese, and corn chips. Add more salsa and drizzle with ranch dressing.


Patty said...

Omg, yum. Seriously.

The one time I made salsa chicken, it was a slimey mess. Though, all I did was put chicken in a crock pot with a jar of salsa. It basically boiled in the salsa and was inedible and gross as heck. So maybe I need seasonings and, you know, a recipe.

The Daily Smash said...

yummy another one on the list to make :)

The Daily Smash said...

Made this last week it was so yummy. I am linking it back to you when I post it on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe :)

Lana said...

Did you cook the black beans & corn or serve them cold? Couldn't you just put the beans in with the chicken while it cooks? I am new to cooking black beans, so I don't really know how to cook them. II usually just put some salsa in with them, so it seams like it would work, lol.