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The Weekend + Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

I don’t have too much to report from the weekend. It’s been very low-key.

Saturday morning involved CrossFit. The second I checked the blog and saw this WOD I abandoned plans to practice  yoga and headed over to the new gym instead. This is an ideal WOD for me for an all over good workout. I was able to kip about 15 of the pull ups and jumped the rest. I finished the workout in around 28 minutes.

After class we hosted a two-hour mobility clinic. I do mobility work regularly and incorporate it into my classes and training plans but I never get tired of going through it all again. It feels so good to take time to work your whole body. I’ve posted videos on how to foam roll the upper body and lower body but I need to do one about using different balls too. It’s amazing. I felt like such a noodle after the clinic.

I spent the rest of the afternoon baking cupcakes for no reason other than I just wanted to bake cupcakes. I made a batch of lemon cupcakes but didn’t love how they turned out so I made a half-batch of my favorite strawberry cake. I frosted some of them with strawberry buttercream and I’m going to make some cream cheese frosting for the rest. Then I need to find someone to give them to! 🙂

Dinner last night was salsa chicken over brown rice with a salad. On Friday I had a couple of chicken breasts in the fridge that I hadn’t used this week and didn’t want to freeze. I decided to break out the crockpot and make an old favorite, Salsa Chicken. It’s one of the easiest crockpot meals and it’s healthy!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper
1 jar of salsa (any brand/style you prefer, at least 12 ounces or more)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1 can chopped green chiles

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a crockpot. Sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper. Pour jar of salsa over chicken and add in black beans, corn and chiles. Cook on low for about 6 hours or until chicken easily falls apart. Shred by using two forks to pull chicken apart and mix everything together.

Yield: 4 servings

The filling is so versatile and you can add anything you like to it. There are also endless ways to serve the chicken. I like to eat it over rice with sour cream, salsa and avocado like I did last night. It’s also good in burritos or as a quesadilla or enchilada filling.




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  • Jacqueline July 29, 2012, 12:34 pm

    That crockpot recipe looks amazing.

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More July 29, 2012, 12:41 pm

    The mobility class looks awesome! I wish my gym offered something like that.

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 29, 2012, 12:46 pm

    Your weekend is very similar to mine – down to eating Mellow on Friday night and having a craving to bake! I haven’t been as active as I would like due to some sciatic nerve issues but your foam rolling videos remind me I need to look into that!

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:14 pm

      erica – definitely do play around with the foam roller and balls for your sciatic issues!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit July 29, 2012, 2:27 pm

    you can give them to me. Ya know, I’ll take them off your hands if you’re looking 🙂

  • Lisa July 29, 2012, 3:20 pm

    That mobility clinic sounds heavenly. I could use one right about now. I need to get better at stretching and foam rolling more.
    That crockpot recipe looks great!

  • That chicken sounds amazing! I love the idea of a mobility workshop too! I am really big on mobility and love that my CrossFit box incorporates a lot of it into our daily training!

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:13 pm

      i know, it’s such an important part of recovery and injury prevention. happy to hear it’s a focus for y’all too!

  • christy July 29, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Pizza is such a weekend food. Love it.

  • Kimberly July 29, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I’m down for a cupcake. 🙂

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets July 29, 2012, 7:32 pm

    I need to find a mobility type clinic in Savannah! That would be awesome to spend hours just foam rolling and working out tense spots.

  • Melissa July 29, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Love that chicken recipe! I can’t wait to try it. It is definitely up my alley.

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:12 pm

      awesome! let me know if you do try it!

  • Brittney July 30, 2012, 6:43 am

    I’m available for cupcakes!!

  • russg July 30, 2012, 7:12 am

    Chicken dinner is in the crockpot from your recipe. If I die, then I am going to stop reading your blog.

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:10 pm

      i certainly hope you wouldn’t die from one of my recipes! 😉

      enjoy! let me know what you think.

  • Miriam@Bellaspire July 30, 2012, 8:37 am

    “I spent the rest of the afternoon baking cupcakes for no reason other than I just wanted to bake cupcakes.” That is just brilliant :). I made a similar crockpot recipe and divvied it between eating over rice, wrapped in a tortilla, and over salad. Loved!

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:10 pm

      annnnddd now i am eating all of them! 😳

      i love dishes like this where you can do so many things with it!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm July 30, 2012, 12:21 pm

    I’ve been dying for a recipe like this!! Ah. Can’t wait to try!

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

      awesome! hope you like it. so versatile!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 30, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Mmmmm, I’m a big fan of crockpot salsa chicken. However, box jumps are another story…

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:08 pm

      ha – i actually love box jumps. i used to be so scared of them but now that i’m more confident in my ability not to bust my face, they’re much more fun! 🙂

  • Linda July 30, 2012, 1:51 pm

    I’ve been seriously thinking about getting a crock pot and after seeing this easy and healthy recipe I’m getting one. That looks so good!!! Do you recommend any specific crock pot?

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Crock pots have a bit of a bad rep but they’re perfect for easy, healthy meals for on-the-go people! I cannot recommend a brand. Mine is an old hand me down. I’m surprised it even works! 🙂

  • KP July 30, 2012, 9:57 pm

    I made the crockpot recipe today. It was SO easy, very inexpensive and completely delicious. My fiancée is obsessed too. He plans to take it to work for lunch the rest of the week! Thanks!

    • Jen July 31, 2012, 10:34 am

      yes! so glad it turned out well. i have been loving the leftovers too!

  • Elizabeth July 31, 2012, 2:07 pm

    The crockpot recipe looks so good! Do you add any other liquids to the pot with the ingredients? Some of my crockpot recipes require water or broth. Thanks!

    • Jen July 31, 2012, 2:13 pm

      i don’t – i find that the liquid from the salsa is plenty. if you’re doing more than 2-3 chicken breasts i would use more salsa or add some chicken broth though.

  • Jackie July 31, 2012, 10:07 pm

    We made this today. Just enjoyed it for dinner in a corn/ flour blend tortilla w/ tomato, greek yogurt, and avocado on top. SO GOOD! Thanks jen!

  • Kristin August 6, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Jen, I’m making this recipe tonight! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    • Jen August 6, 2012, 3:04 pm

      yay! let me know how it is. hope you like it!

  • Lindsey September 3, 2012, 11:17 am

    Hey there! That Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe looks SO yummy! When you place the chicken breasts in the crockpot, are they cooked or raw? 🙂

    • Jen September 3, 2012, 8:15 pm

      uncooked – after 6 hours in the crockpot, they are good to go!

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