Slow Cooker Chicken Azteca

Chicken Azteca is a satisfying dish in which chicken breasts are covered with traditional Southwestern-style ingredients such as salsa, corn, black beans, green chilies, garlic and cumin. About thirty minutes prior to serving, cubes of cream cheese are added to the sauce and allowed to melt, forming a deliciously creamy sauce. Chicken Azteca may be served over rice and topped off with shredded Cheddar cheese, if desired.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast, a good way to keep the heat down in the kitchen in the summertime is to utilize a slow cooker or Crock Pot. This week in Charlotte has been exceedingly hot, in fact it feels like a blow dryer on high heat when I walk out the door, so I was grateful to have this recipe in my file box to pull out and prepare for supper one night.

Cream cheese just adds a wonderful creaminess to any dish! If you are watching your fat intake, you may substitute reduced-fat cream cheese in this recipe. The green chilies I used were “mild” but feel free to kick the heat up a notch if you so desire. (I’m a wimp when it comes to “spicy hot” food!) I used fresh corn in this recipe because I had some on hand but you could use frozen or even canned corn with successful results.

I always rinse and drain black beans before adding them to any recipe. Salsa is mixed with the vegetables and placed in the slow cooker, then the chicken breasts are added and additional salsa spooned over the top of the chicken. This recipe specified chopping the chicken before serving  but I preferred to leave the chicken breasts intact to be able to serve an entire chicken breast to each person. This is a nice option though in case an additional person showed up for supper the chicken could be chopped up to make it go further!

Chicken Azteca – The Recipe

Chicken Azteca
Serves 5
Chicken breasts covered with a creamy sauce containing cream cheese, black beans, corn, salsa, garlic and cumin. Serve over rice and top with Cheddar cheese.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed & drained
  2. 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned)
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1-2 cups salsa, divided
  6. 1 4-oz. can mild diced green chilies
  7. 5 boneless chicken breasts
  8. 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, cubed (may use reduced-fat version)
  9. Cooked Rice
  10. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine beans, corn, garlic, cumin, green chilies and half of salsa in slow cooker.
  2. Arrange chicken breasts over top. Pour remaining salsa over top of chicken.
  3. Cover. Cook on high 2-3 hours or low 4-6 hours.
  4. Remove chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return to cooker.
  5. Stir in cream cheese. Cook on high until cream cheese melts.
  6. Spoon chicken and sauce over cooked rice. Top with shredded cheese, if desired.
Notes
  1. Chicken breasts may be left whole instead of chopping them up - your choice.
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 Black Beans

Just a few words about black beans are in order. Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health. Black beans are a good source of fiber and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. With a low glycemic index, black beans have about 114 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Black beans are also called turtle beans and are a staple in the cuisines of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.


Another great fact about black beans is that there is little difference in the nutritional value of canned black beans and those that you cook yourself from the dried state. If canned black beans are more convenient then use them.

Try this recipe soon – I know you’ll enjoy the creamy sauce with the Southwestern flavors with chicken!

Beat the heat by using your slow cooker this summer!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Slow Cooker Chicken Azteca — 26 Comments

  1. My family would love this! It looks easy to make ?

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  2. I love soupa Azteca – this is a great version for summer! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up – and don’t forget to leave a comment there – if you get featured next week, I’ll tweet and pin you if you do!

  3. I love a good slow cooker recipe. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. Hi Helen, I haven’t heard of soupa Azteca. Must be good if it’s anything like this recipe! Hope you have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  5. Hi Beverly, thanks for your comments, pinning and visit! Thanks also for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday! Blessings,Janet

  6. I loved Southwestern seasonings and when I saw cream cheese I was sold. Yea for the crockpot in the summer. I’ve cooked chicken twice in mine this week already! It’s hot in Texas too! Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon!

  7. Hi Cathy, Thanks for your nice comments and visit! I think the whole country is in a heat wave! Looking forward to fall! Thanks for hosting #overthemoon! Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Michelle, Hope you get a chance to try Chicken Azteca soon! We love it at my house! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  9. Yummy! This looks delish! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup!

  10. Hi Rachel, Thanks for pinning and for your kind comments on this yummy recipe! Thanks for hosting Family Joy Linkup! Blessings, Janet

  11. Yum! This looks fabulous, can’t wait to try it… I love anything I can put in the slow cooker, Pinned ?

  12. Always a fan of slow cooker recipes! Love the Southwestern-style flavors. ?

  13. Chicken with rice and cream cheese is all I need, lol, this looks really yummy, especially great to be able to make it in the crock pot! So easy!

  14. Hi Angela, So glad you liked this and pinned it! Slow cookers are the greatest! Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi Katrin, Cream cheese just makes everything better! Hope you get to try this recipe soon and that you like it! Blessings, Janet

  16. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesdy or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  17. Hi Marilyn, Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting all the link parties I see you on! Hope you have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  18. We will just love your Chicken Azteca, and it will be even better because it is in the Slow Cooker. As hot as it is we need to keep these cool. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your kind comments & for stopping by! Thanks also for hosting Full Plate Thursday! See you tomorrow! Blessings, Janet

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