Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal (and not as royal) Weddings

Today might be one of the biggest weddings the world has seen this century.  And with weddings on the brain, I can't help but think of the upcoming wedding in my immediate family that takes places in less than 5 months...   

With most wedding comes a bridal shower and Mary Jo's shower is in about 3 months.  Per her request, she would like a Mexican themed shower.  My first thought is something along the lines of this:

But I think we'll be nicer to her...  

I have been thinking about the menu and recently tried this recipe for chicken tacos made in the crock pot.  And all 3 members of my dinner audience raved about them!

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chiles
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro or Italian parsley

(Since I'm only cooking for 4, I only used 3 chicken breasts and still had leftovers.)

Place chicken in crock pot that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, stir together tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings and pour over chicken.
Cook until chicken is tender, about 6 - 8 hours on low setting or 4 - 5 hours on a high heat setting.
Remove chicken from crock pot and shred with forks.  Return shredded chicken and stir in lime juice and cilantro.  Serve with flour tortillas and your favorite taco toppings.  


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