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Clean Eating Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Chicken

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Chicken

Mini Chef has arrived at a point where he can handle a knife fairly well, cook in a skillet, and can pretty safely work his way around the kitchen. So I decided to ramp up his culinary education because, a) he’s interested in cooking (gotta strike while the iron is hot!), and b) I won’t raise a man who can’t cook.

So with that in mind, I’m starting a new section on my blog called, “Kids Can Cook Clean“. I’ll be blogging about the clean eating recipes that Mini Chef makes himself, as well as tips on helping your kids learn how to cook clean.

And these won’t be recipes that only kids will like. These will be adult friendly as well. Promise! They will also be smaller portions so they are perfect for those of you cooking for one or two. If you like this idea and you’d like to see more of these posts, let me know! Leave a comment below!

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Clean Eating Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw chicken breasts (about 7 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup clean salsa (see info below)
  • 1/3 cup apricot fruit spread (see info below)
  • 1 cup frozen, thawed corn.

Directions:

  1. Layer the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir well to combine and also to shred the chicken. You may need to use a couple of forks to get the job done if it does not shred easily when stirred.
  4. Serve over brown rice and alongside a green salad to complete the meal.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Chicken

TO FREEZE:
Portion into individual servings in a freezer-safe container and store in freezer for up to 5 months. Be sure the container is air-tight to avoid freezer burn. To reheat, simply thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, and reheat in either a pot or a microwave.

Nutritional Content:
(Data is for 1/3 the recipe.)

Calories: 276
Total Fat: 6 gm
Saturated Fats: 1 gm
Trans Fats: 0 gm
Cholesterol: 111 mg
Sodium: 708 mg (This will vary greatly depending on salsa used)
Carbohydrates: 30 gm
Dietary fiber: 1 gm
Sugars: 21 gm
Protein: 28 gm

Please Note: Nutritional information estimated at MyFitnessPal.com. Data may not be accurate and is subject to the availability of specific foods in their database. Where one ingredient is not listed, substitutions must be used. Therefore, you should not refer to this data as being exact. It’s more of a ballpark figure. The Gracious Pantry does not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided as a courtesy and general reference only. It is not exact.

FRUIT SPREAD:
This is the fruit spread that I used. I know that Safeway carries it as do several health food stores such as Whole Foods and even Sprouts. But if you can’t find it, it’s here on Amazon.com as well.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Chicken

SALSA
I used the mild, organic 365 brand salsa from Whole Foods. But as you can see, it’s high in sodium which I didn’t check before I purchased it. So next time, I’ll be looking for something lower in sodium. But clean salsa is not all that difficult to find. If you can’t find any in your area, leave me a comment and I’ll track something down on amazon for you.

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My name is Tiffany McCauley and I'm a cookbook author, food blogger and a full-time Mom to an amazing, 6 year old I call Mini Chef. With a collection of over 900 clean eating recipes to date, many of which include your favorite comfort foods like Chicken & Dumplings or Pecan Pie, chances are you'll find more than a few recipes here that fit your eating plan.

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Comments

  1. This looks so good. I love apricot jam. But question, the label says “No cane sugar”. Is cane sugar unhealthy?

  2. Looking forward to recipes with smaller portions. It is really hard to cook for 2!

  3. Becky – Great! I do have a section here for 1-2 people: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/category/recipes/meals-for-1-or-2/

  4. Lisa – I’m still researching sugar, so I’m not entirely sure. But I think the point is that it doesn’t have any added sugar at all.

  5. This looks lovely! I guess that I just double the amounts to make this for 4 people?

  6. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try this. I’ll have to do some label reading on the salsa next time I’m at the market.

  7. Niki – It’s worth it when you find a good one!

  8. Claire – Yes, and you could probably use a slightly larger slow cooker as well.

  9. We have a grandson who likes to cook so will share the recipe with him. I’m going to try it even though however I cook chicken in a slow cooker, my husband always says that it is too dry. May begin the chicken frozen.

  10. Good for you Tiffany!! My parents taught me how to cook and I taught my kids how to cook…and none of this pre-made and frozen stuff. The right place to start is with the kids learning to eat the right stuff and enjoying being in the kitchen cooking. Let them have fun and don’t worry about the mess.
    You have a great site and you just took up a notch!
    P.S. Mini Chef doesn’t look so mini any more…growing like a weed is he?

  11. Ekim – Thank you! He’ll always be my baby. :)

  12. Pat – I wouldn’t put frozen chicken in a slow cooker. Typically, if meat is too dry after slow cooking, it’s one of the following issues:
    1) It cooked too long
    2) The slow cooker was too big for the amount of food you had in it (it should be at least 1/2 to 3/4 full)
    3) The lid wasn’t air-tight
    4) There wasn’t enough acid in it to tenderize the meat.
    You might try marinating the meat in the salsa for a bit first, then proceeding with the recipe.

  13. pamela.baker9805@att.net' Pamela Baker says:

    I love apricots, and the information regarding recipes that cook for smaller groups (2 of us)! This is a wonderful idea! I am “all in”!

  14. Pamela – Thanks! I’ll definitely be doing more of these. :)

  15. I’m a widow and I live alone so I am looking forward to smaller recipes that are more in line with my needs. I am tickled I found your site! Thanks so much for all the work you are doing for the rest of us! =)

  16. Looks great! Why does the corn need to be thawed? Wouldn’t it cook from frozen in 4-6 hours? Thanks :)

  17. Cherie – It would. But putting frozen food in a slow cooker is generally not recommended for food safety reasons. At least that was the last FDA claim. It might have changed since I last looked it up….

  18. Linda – My pleasure! Welcome! :)

  19. Just made this and it was AMAZING!!! I can’t believe how delicious and full of flavour for such an easy meal. I might try with the apple butter (from your site) instead or apricot jam or even with fresh apricots. Yum yum yum!!!!

  20. Mrs.O – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  21. amy.kirsten.pike@gmail.com' Amy Pike says:

    Hi! I was just wondering what kind of clean salsa you buy? I live in Canada where we don’t have whole foods (and Amazon is not nearly as well-stocked), so I just want to know what I should be on the hunt for. Thanks!

  22. Amy – It’s hard for me to say since you are in another country. I don’t know what is and isn’t available to you. Unless you make your own, the only thing you can do is spend a little time reading labels at the grocery store. And if you need any help with that, this article should help you figure things out: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/reading-labels-for-clean-eating/ I hope that helps!

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