You know what I was remembering the other day?
I was just thinking about how the summer months are going to be upon us very very soon here in Arkansas, and while I’m excited about it heating up I can’t say I’m overly thrilled about the whole keeping the house cool thing. See, we’re renting a house that is fantastic, but we’re finding it’s not super energy-efficient so far. I think the plan is to have fans going in every room to help circulate all of the air while we have the A/C on as warm as we can stand, plus a hefty dose of suck-it-up girlfriend going on.
I can’t promise I won’t whine. But I promise to try not to.
Anyway, so upon realizing this I remembered that last year, in our Colorado house, I had to work really hard to keep our house cool especially when I would cook like a madwoman for the blog and then for dinner later on. And then the crock pot became my very best friend ever. See, it’s quiet which is key to keeping a sleeping baby asleep, it’s convenient as all get out, and there are so many one-pot wonders out there that you can make in them!
This dish is ridiculously easy to throw together, it tastes wonderful, and I can only imagine what it’ll be like to have on our back (shaded) patio with a cold margarita and a gallon of mosquito repellent.
It’s going to be lovely 🙂
SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
Inspired by this chili lime crock pot chicken
- 5-6 chicken breasts (it makes a LOT)
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 whole red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in 100% juice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the pineapple and chicken in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour half of the mixture into a crock pot (I really like to use the crock pot liners – clean-up is SO SIMPLE), nestle the chicken breasts into it in one layer, pour the remainder on top, and then add the pineapple (juice and all) on top of that. Cook on low for 6-8 hours; when it’s done you should be able to just stir the pot and the chicken will shred automatically. Serve hot over rice, a baked sweet potato, or riced cauliflower!