Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chicken Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja is Spanish for old clothes. The shredded chicken is supposed to be reminiscent of old tattered and torn clothes. There is a little trivia for your day! Anyway, I saw a this recipe online and this is my version, I hope you like it! This recipe makes 4 portions.

2 large boneless, skinless breasts
1 tomato
2 small onions
1 green pepper
1 carrot
2 cloves garlic
1 envelope taco seasoning (I always use the Taco Bell brand per Nate's request)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil
reserved broth
salt and pepper to taste

Quarter the tomato and one onion, mince the garlic, and roughly chop the carrot. Add the chicken to the crock pot and the vegetables you just cut. Season with the taco seasoning envelope and add enough water to cover. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Once the chicken is done cooking remove it from the crock pot and let rest for 10 minutes and then shred. Julienne the second onion and the green pepper.
In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sautee the onion and green pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1 cup of the liquid from the crock pot and any additional salt and pepper. I also added another few pinches of taco seasoning. Make sure everything is well combined.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced. Once that occurs, serve hot!

We ate our over Mexican rice. I think this would be really good fajita style or in burritos or a Cafe Rio/Costa Vida type salad.

Here is a close up of the chicken.

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