I've always wondered howwww they get their chicken to be so delicious and tender...and now I've figured out how to replicate it at home. AND it's the easiest thing you could make - it takes two ingredients, and you do it in the crock pot! It's a fantastic "meat base" for any Mexican dish. Add it to a salad, use it to fill burritos or enchiladas, or top nachos...whatever you want! It's called Salsa Chicken, and I first saw this idea on a past coworker's blog, SarahFit. Here's what you need...
3.5 pounds chicken (breasts or tenders)
2.5 cups your favorite salsa (I use a peach mango salsa)
Combine chicken and salsa in a crock pot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or 4+ on high). Halfway through, chicken will be "fall apart" tender. Remove chicken from crock pot and shred with a fork. Return chicken to crock pot, mix with salsa, and continue cooking as long as you'd like. Depending on what salsa you use, you may want to add a little salt at this point.
This is a fantastic base for any Mexican recipe - we made fajitas and taco salads, but you could also make nachos with this salsa chicken!
Salsa Chicken Fajitas - Saute one onion an orange pepper in a little olive oil. Spread light sour cream on the center of a large wrap. Place a heaping half cup of salsa chicken on top of the sour cream, then a half cup of onions/peppers. Finally, add a few diced tomatoes and some shredded cheese.
Taco Salad - A slight variation of my regular taco salad (check it out!). Layer lettuce, broccoli slaw, diced tomato, refried beans, salsa chicken, shredded cheese, and sour cream.
Nachos with Salsa Chicken - Layer tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa, black olives, and salsa chicken on an oven-safe dish. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or just until cheese melts. Top with guacamole and/or sour cream and serve!