October 14, 2010 by Dana
Variety is the spice of life.
Isn’t that how that saying goes? You have to mix it up a little bit to keep things interesting. Doing the same old things, eating the same old meals…. Boring!
Believe me; I am in no danger of getting bored anytime soon. I have packed my days with so many different projects and activities, that I yearn to be bored. I had a free weekend last week, so I squeezed in a weekend long garage sale with my mom. Of course! It’s not like I had school work to do, or errands to run (food shopping/cleaning/cooking – you name it), or ever need a minute to relax…
But if you’re not as crazy fortunate as me to pack your days so full that there’s no room for boredom, try out this Spicy Chicken and Rice Stew. Add some spice to your life, both literally and figuratively. Plus, it’s so super quick and easy, it’ll give you some time to cram something else into your day relax!
1 lb chicken breasts
1 chopped onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach
2 cups chicken broth
¾ cup salsa, medium
1 small jalapeno, finely minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
¾ cup raw brown rice
The original recipe called for some sautéing and other prep before adding the ingredients to the crockpot. I didn’t. (What a rebel.) What’s the point of that? If I’m making something in the slow cooker, all I want to do is dice some stuff up and throw it in. So that’s what I did.
1. Add all ingredients to the crock pot. (Frozen chicken and spinach are fine.) Cook on low for 6 hours.
2. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
3. Remove the chicken breasts from the mixture, and shred, using two forks to pull the meat in opposite directions. (Be careful not to burn yourself.)
4. Return the chicken to the stew, mix well, and enjoy!
That’s it! Just a few very easy steps, and you have a warm, comforting, and spicy meal. Try it out today, and add some spice to your life!