I’d like to introduce all of you to the wonderful, lovely and talented Jessica Russell. (Otherwise known as the other half of this blog, creative director, taskmaster, supporter and many other things.)
It also happens that she is a very talented author of sizzling romance novels, which makes this spicy recipe the perfect introduction. This post and the recipe are all hers, so take it away, honey!
In a home with three growing boys, it’s imperative to extend meals and stretch proteins. This recipe is something I developed in my early Air Force career. It was week 3 of killer shifts, and I was sick to death of fast food. Seventeen hour days left little time to plan or prep, so I needed something that was relatively safe cooking while I was out in the field.
I had a crock-pot I’d never used. A phone call to my grandmother told me you could make anything in a crock-pot if you add enough moisture at the beginning. You can throw meat in while it’s frozen if need be.
Feel free to use chicken leg quarters as this meal is mostly low-calorie and I know my boys need a lot of calories to burn!
- 1 chicken leg quarter, or approximately 1 pound chicken. (Frozen or thawed, doesn't matter.)
- 1 - 8 ounce can Ro-Tel® tomatoes or other brand tomatoes with green chilies, with juice
- 2 - 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, with juice
- 1 - 14.5 ounce can of water
- 2 - 14.5 ounce cans of reduced sodium navy beans, with juice
- 1 onion, diced
- Fresh basil, to taste (Approximately 2 teaspoons for us.)
- Seasoned salt of choice and pepper to taste
- Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker, then add everything else. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 8 to 9 hours. Test for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
- Share and enjoy!
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
Ways to extend this meal:
1. Pour leftovers over cooked rice or potatoes.
2. Toss in a nonstick pan and reduce the sauce. Then put in a heated flour or corn tortilla.
3. This recipe makes a solid base for Texican inspired chicken enchiladas.
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