Thursday, September 19, 2013

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas

This is a sponsored post, written by me for Just BARE Chicken®.

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas

I completely failed at something this summer. Well, probably more than one “something”, but I at least failed at one: using my slow cooker. You would think that slow cooker meals would be top of mind with higher temperatures and less time to spend in the kitchen but the only time I pulled mine out was for buffalo chicken dip. That is, until last week. It is still technically summer, right? On a whim, I added verde salsa to my Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta a couple of weeks ago and since then we just can’t get enough. So I’ve been using it constantly lately. It adds such an amazing flavor to any dish. I’m not sure what took me so long to start using it as an ingredient in cooking. I had only imagined how wonderful the flavors would be if they sat in a slow cooker all day long. Just Bare Chicken This brings me back to my neglected slow cooker which I ended up dusting off last week after its summer hiatus.  The summer heat was definitely still around so I decided a no-fuss, slow-cooker verde chicken dinner was necessary.  I had the second half of my Family Pack of  Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets, along with a regular package of Just BARE Boneless Skinless  Chicken Thighs and I couldn’t help but pour in some verde salsa, along with lots of cilantro, onions, garlic and jalapenos and let it cook all day. And then instead of traditional taco shells, I thought tostadas would be fun, piled high with fresh avocado, more cilantro and more verde salsa.  They were fun to eat and super simple to make.  There is just something about walking out the door in the morning knowing that the evening’s dinner is already done! Get more recipes and special coupons by joining the Just BARE eClub, and find Just BARE Chicken® on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest!

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Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 8.5 min hours (includes slow cooker time)

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas - moist and flavorful slow-cooked chicken set atop tostada shells and topped with cilantro and fresh avocado.

Ingredients:

for the verde chicken:
1 (16-ounce) package Just BARE Chicken Boneless Chicken Thighs
14 ounces (about 1/2 family pack) Just BARE Chicken Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, veins and seeds removed
16 ounce jar salsa verde
2 cups chicken broth

for the tostadas:
1 package of tostada shells (or 1 package of soft corn tortillas, cooked according to package directions)
1 avocado, cubed
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
Additional verde salsa

Directions:

Line the crock of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. Spread the onions, green onions, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno pepper evenly over the top of the chicken. In a small bowl, mix the salsa verde and chicken broth. Pour over the chicken and vegetables in the slow cooker.

Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook the chicken on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees.

Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and transfer to a large bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks and ladle in about 1 1/2 cups of the juice from the slow cooker. Cover and keep warm. Discard the rest of the juice.

Serve the chicken on top of the tostada shells. Top with avocado, fresh cilantro, green onions and more salsa verde.

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas

I have an ongoing partnership with Just BARE Chicken®.  This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just BARE.  As always, all text and opinions are 100% my own.

 

29 Responses to “Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas”

  1. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — September 19, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I rarely use my slow cooker in the summer either. I’m too busy eating fruit and popsicles. BUT I’m ready to take it out of the cupboard now, for this!

  2. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 19, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    These look incredible! All my favorite flavors! I love this in the slow cooker. Like you mention, it’s great knowing in the evening dinner is done. Great for those busy weeknights!

  3. #
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal — September 19, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    I love my slow cooker, it makes me feel like I can actually cook. These tostadas sound amazing!

  4. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 19, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Always in for this. Good grief.

  5. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 19, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    MMMMMMMMMMM! I am sucker for anything tostada!!! Love these flavors, Cassie!

  6. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 19, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Love these tostadas, especially with salsa verde!

  7. #
    carrie@bakeaholicmama — September 19, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    I failed at using my slow cooker this summer too. I’ve pulled it out twice this week however… worth it. This is going to be next on my list. My family loves tostadas!

  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 19, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Such a simple but really flavorful meal! I want it now!!

  9. #
    Joanne — September 19, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I never think to use my slow cooker during the summer either which is SUCH A SHAME because it’s kind of the perfect time! Salsa verde is just really good stuff.

  10. #
    Tieghan — September 19, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Haha! We are both slow cooker tostada twins today!! Love the verde chicken! These look awesome!

  11. #
    Deborah — September 20, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    These look so good, Cassie! I love the slow cooker year round and would happily get it out again for this!

  12. #
    Lisa@ Garmish with Lemon — September 20, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    These look soooo yummy! I have been using my slow cooker a ton lately! Now I’m craving salsa verde! :)

  13. #
    Rachel Cooks — September 20, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    These look so delicious, Cassie! My family would love them and I love that they are made in the slow cooker. Win-win!

  14. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I don’t think I used my slow cooker once this summer! I’ll just have to make it up this fall by making these glorious tostadas!

  15. #
    Angie — September 20, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    I’m pulling out my slow cooker next week. With kids activities, we’ve been eating out way too much. This will be a quick and delicious meal!

  16. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    I seriously MUST get a slow cooker this year! These tostadas look amazing, Cassi!

  17. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    *Cassie

  18. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 24, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Everything about this is making me drool!!

  19. #
    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — September 24, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    These sound delish! So ready to start cooking with my slow cooker more this fall!

  20. #
    des — September 24, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I don’t know why I don’t use my slow cooker in the summer, you’re right it would be easier especially with the heat. But for some reason slow cookers always seem like a winter thing to me. But this dish, this is perfect because I will have broken out the slow cooker for fall but it will taste just like summer! :)

  21. #
    Shobelyn — September 24, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    I always use my slow cooker that it looks old and rugged. It always help me save time and be more efficient in the kitchen. Specially when you have kids and is also working.

  22. #
    Michelle — January 9, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Yum! This was delicious, and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe…it’s a keeper!

  23. #
    Elizabeth — April 30, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    I loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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