How’s that for the longest blog post title ever? I couldn’t leave anything out, though. The sweet and cheesy Mexican chicken simmers all day to a delicious medley of flavors, and the fluffy couscous with a hint of cilantro and a boost of lime makes the perfect base for the chicken. Even better, the slow cooker makes this a super easy meal – perfect for feeding family and friends! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a good ol’ family friendly recipe, but as the spring gets busier and busier, I think we could all use something easy and delicious, am I right?
When I was asked to participate in the Sargento Chopped at Home challenge, I confess that I had never heard of Chopped. But chicken tenders, salsa, couscous, and fine cut Mexican cheese sounded too good to pass up.
So I experimented, and I’m happy to say that everyone gave it a big thumbs up.
This Mexican chicken is actually a fabulously versatile dish: frozen chicken breasts, salsa, corn, and black beans in the crock pot in the morning… And delicious filling or topping for tacos, quesadillas, rice, salad, and more is ready to go by dinner time. Toss in a bag of Sargento Mexican cheese and it becomes a creamy delight.
This time, though, I put it over couscous. I love couscous (because it’s delicious and) because it only takes five minutes to make. So ten minutes before dinner time, I put water on to boil, stir the chicken mixture until the chicken is shredded, and toss cheese in the crock pot. By that time, the water is boiling, so the couscous goes in. In 5 minutes, toss in some lime juice and cilantro, top with chicken, and serve.
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken with Couscous:
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken with Cilantro Lime Couscous
- 8 frozen boneless skinless chicken tenders
- 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 8 oz your favorite salsa or pico de gallo
- 6 oz Sargento fine cut 4 cheese Mexican plus more for topping
- 1 box couscous
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 T chopped cilantro
Place chicken, beans, corn, and salsa in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Cook couscous according to directions on box. Add lime and cilantro and fluff with fork.
Top warm couscous with chicken mixture, add a little more cheese and any other desired toppings (pico, sour cream, avocado) and serve.
Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page Pinterest.com/sargentocheese/ or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!
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