*October 2017: Recipe updates to include option for the Instant Pot. See notes below recipe. *
I might have mentioned before, once or twice, that I despise crock pot food. But much to my chagrin, my family’s schedule this fall necessitates this type of meal twice a week. TWICE A WEEK! Aaaak! I have succumbed and have made crock pot meals. I even intend to post the recipes here, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it yet.
When you see pretty crock pot meal pictures on other websites, they are being deceptive. Food does not come out of a crock pot looking bright and pretty. I guess that’s why I’ve not posted these recipes yet. They taste good and serve the purpose of being hands off, but they are not the most beautiful of foods.
The process is so similar, but for some reason, a slow braise in a low temperature oven works the same as a crock pot, but (in my opinion) the flavor is far superior and the foods looks prettier.
I realize that some people are not comfortable leaving the house with their oven on. Maybe I shouldn’t do it, but I do – all the time – and so far so good. I really don’t see why it would be more dangerous to leave the oven on low than leave an electronic appliance plugged in and running. If there is a fireman or electrical engineer reading who would like to educate me on this, I’d love to know. It probably won’t make me stop doing it though.
Enough with the excuses about why I am not likely to post a lot of crock pot meals. This creamy, salsa chicken could be prepared in your crock pot, but I prepared it in my dutch oven (large, heavy pot) and baked it in my oven (large, hot appliance).
I am a stay-at-home mom, which means that I am in and out of my house all day long. If you are someone who leaves the house in the morning and doesn’t get home until dinner time, you are probably better off using a crock pot.
What makes this dish so special is the addition of the coconut milk. That little touch of creaminess really elevates the dish. And if you are going to make this in the crock pot, be sure not to skip the browning of the chicken (step 5 in the instructions below). It’s an important step that adds tons of flavor.
I think your family will love this and you will love how easy it is.
P.S. Make this Whole 30 compliant by leaving out the coconut sugar.