The Many (Easy!) Uses of Salsa Chicken

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Prior to the spring of 2020 on any given night you would have found that my family was pulled in a thousand different directions. Between community volunteer activities, children’s sports, and errand running dinner often was pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Yes everyone was fed nightly, but too often if we did not have a well identified plan for dinner we would default to grabbing something on the way home from somewhere or having to make a last minute grocery store run.  

I will be honest: I hate not having a well-thought-out plan for dinner. I love writing out a weekly meal plan and even more so I enjoy going to the grocery store (alone) and getting everything I will need to feed our family for a week or two. Having the supplies and the meal plan ensure that we are set up for success for the week ahead.  

Over the years I have discovered that having a well thought out meal plan is great, but if that meal plan has you slaving away in the kitchen for hours each night prepping or preparing a meal it really isn’t that helpful. I find that having those tried and true meals, the ones you know your family will love, and that you can almost prepare on autopilot are necessary to ensure that everyone is not only well fed, but also happy. One of my easy, no-brainer, go to meals is salsa chicken.  

Salsa Chicken Recipe

What you will need:

  • 2 pounds of frozen boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions:

Throw everything in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes and walk away.  Once the pressure cooker has released all the pressure you are left with the most delicious and versatile chicken just waiting to be shredded and served.  

Did I just describe prepared meat as versatile.  Yes, yes I did.  Salsa chicken truly has so many uses our initial go to is always tacos or quesadillas, but there really is so much more you can do with it.  Stuffed baked potatoes have never tasted as good as they will when you use your salsa chicken as a topping.  Add your chicken to a bed of lettuce with black beans, corn, cooked peppers, cheese and sour cream; you have just created your own burrito bowl and for half the price. Throw your warm salsa chicken over tortilla chips, with cheese and other fixings under the broiler until the cheese is melty, boom nachos. 

Looking for something a little more adventurous? Give one of these recipes a try. 

Mexican Stuffed Peppers are usually made with ground meat, but why not spice it up.  Take your salsa chicken and follow this easy stuffed pepper recipe from Cooking Classy.  

Chicken Enchiladas – There is nothing I love more than chicken enchiladas and this recipe from SkinnyTaste for Easy Enchiladas Verdes is oh so good.  

I have shared before that White Chicken Chili and Chicken Tortilla Soup are some of my family’s favorites and adding salsa chicken takes them to the next level.  

So tell me have you tried any of these before?  Do you have a favorite way to use salsa chicken?  What should I try next?