latin chicken — again

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Shortly after starting this blog I posted the recipe for Latin chicken. It’s a great meal and one of my favorites. Because this recipe was posted when the blog was new and had only a small handful of followers (2? 3?), I thought I’d post it again.

So, here is the recipe again, with a few additional photos. Please try this recipe! Seriously, it is sooooo good!

*Note: I always, always, always make this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but I goofed and purchased boneless, skinless chicken breasts last week. I prefer this recipe with the thighs, though it was still very good made with white meat.

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Latin Chicken (with black beans and sweet potatoes)

1. In crock pot (slow cooker), combine:

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

2. In a plastic zipper bag combine the following:

  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

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Add a small amount of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over med-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned on both sides; about 5 minutes. Place chicken in crock pot on top of beans and sweet potatoes.

3. Lower the heat, and in the same pan whisk together:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 heaping teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

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Pour this mixture over the black beans, sweet potatoes, and chicken in the crock pot.

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Cook on high for about 5 hours.

When serving, squirt fresh lime over each serving and sprinkle on chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

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barbecue chicken pizza

BBQ chicken pizza slice

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

When your husband grills ALL THE CHICKEN when you instructed him to only grill half of it, and then covers ALL OF IT in spicy barbecue sauce that your kids won’t eat, you make many meals which include barbecue chicken for you and your crazy husband.

Normally barbecue chicken is a big hit in this family. Normally I follow my own recipe very well. This time I goofed and instead of using 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, I used 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper. Wow. 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper. That’s all I need to say.

I attempted to fix it a bit by adding more honey and adjusted other ingredients, but since the sauce had simmered so long (I realized my mistake when I did a taste test after it had cooked), that cayenne flavor was not going anywhere. Husband didn’t mind one bit, since his spice tolerance levels are much higher than mine.  For me and the kids, well, it was just too spicy.

So, what do you do with twice as much barbecue chicken than you need, and all of it way too spicy to feed to the mild barbecue loving children? First husband ate it lathered with tons of extra sauce (as I said, he loves spicy) and I had a piece with just a small layer of sauce (and a beer… that helped cut the spice).  Then husband had more for lunch the next day, and the next as well. But then we had to use it all up, so barbecue chicken pizza was the answer!

It was the night before school started, and our last night at the community pool, therefore I didn’t have time to make homemade pizza dough. I sent my husband to the local pizza restaurant and they sold us pizza dough. Not sure if all pizzerias do this, but I’m glad our does (if you ask nicely and go straight to the manager).

This pizza is so good … even with the spicy sauce! I could eat it every night. Yum!

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Roll out pizza dough.

Spread a layer of barbecue sauce (homemade or your favorite bottled variety) onto the dough.

BBQ chicken pizza sauce

Chop one cooked chicken breast (this had been grilled, then slathered with the homemade barbecue sauce) and distribute the pieces on the sauce.

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BBQ chicken pizza sauce and chicken

Toss on some chopped red onion (or scallions).

Finish it off with a handful of shredded Colby Jack cheese (Monterey Jack cheese alone is awesome too).

BBQ chicken pizza cheese

BBQ chicken pizza cheese and onion

Bake at 425F for about 10 -12 minutes.

BBQ chicken pizza hot out of oven

Enjoy!