Ever since I've become addicted to my Crockpot, I very rarely cook chicken any other way! It's just so easy and tempting to just dump the chicken in the pot, pour ingredients over it all, and turn it on. I mean really, how much easier does it get?
Sometimes though, there's just not enough time. Or maybe you're like me. There's a sale on chicken so you buy 2 large packs and they're sitting in your fridge for a few days. You need to either cook them or wrap them up to freeze before they go bad! This is the perfect recipe, with mainly pantry staples, to wow your family!
You can certainly use taco seasoning from the packet, but I HIGHLY recommend just making the rub yourself below. I'll bet you have most - if not all - of the spices needed. And the flavor is amazing without worrying about all those artificial preservatives (read: chemicals). Seriously a win-win!
Chips & Salsa Chicken Bake
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Chicken bake ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
1 cup sour cream
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a small bowl, mix together rub ingredients. Place chicken breasts on a foil lined cookie sheet and rub about 1/2 tablespoon onto both sides of each chicken breast. Use more or less depending on how large your chicken pieces are, just make sure they're coated all the way around. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove from oven and top chicken with 1/4 cup salsa, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup tortilla chips, and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Place bake in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
I served these with some yellow rice and fresh corn on the cob - yummy! We didn't have any leftovers, but these would make an amazing southwest chicken salad the next day.
I really think I need to start baking chicken like this more, it was such a great change. Ok so sound off, do you prefer baked chicken or throwing it in the Crockpot and walking away??