Crockpot Italian Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Italian Salsa Chicken

HAPPY  NEW YEAR!!

With my first post of 2020, it is only appropriate that I make it of my favorite thing, food.

While I was in the process of ending off my quarter at work, finishing up grad school and right before the holidays – I had almost no food in my house and didn’t have time to meal prep what so ever like I usually like to. So I looked in my cabinet, fridge and freezer and found 4 things – Frozen Chicken Breast, a can of diced tomatoes, half of a sweet onion, and a handful of different Italian Seasonings. So, I threw it all in the crockpot and preyed for the best. It was delicious!

This dish is so easy to make, you just throw it in the crockpot and let it sit for 6 hours. I’m sure if you had an Instapot you could make it even quicker. ALSO you cold change up the seasoning to make different styles. Next time, I want to add Trader Joes Sweet Chili Lime seasoning for a Mexican style.

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 6 Hours on Low in a Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes (I get No Salt Added)
  • 1/2 small diced sweet onion
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • My own home made spice mixture (I free hand my spices depending on the dish)
    • Himalayan Salt
    • Ground Black Pepper
    • Basil
    • Paprika
    • Onion powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Chili pepper if you want some spice

Just combine everything in a Med/Large Crockpot on Low. Stir every few hours. I put my chicken in frozen – if you do it fresh it may take less time. Once you can easily pull the chicken apart with a fork it is done! This would be so good with pasta, but I just ate the chicken and tomatoes.

My Crockpot: I am obsessed with this crockpot. I had a larger 7 quart crock-pot but it was old and the handles broke so I invested in this 4.5 quart one and a small sauce crock pot.

If you try this recipe, let me know how it is in the comments below!

XOXO

Tay

Tulum, Mexico!

Hi Everyone!

It has been a while since I have posted and A LOT has been going on. Grad school this semester has been a little insane work wise so that is why I have been MIA. But also I was in Tulum, Mexico for a week totally disconnecting which was much needed.

Tulum was AMAZING! I want everyone who is looking to go to Mexico to consider going here. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee.

Tulum is a small little town located about 1.5 hours south of Cancun along the cost of the Yucatán Peninsula. The reason I was attracted to this area is because it is known for its well preserved Mayan ruins AND Cenotes (under ground caves).

You fly into Cancun International Airport and then most hotels have shuttles or partnered car services to take you. One thing I will say for those who are nervous traveling to Mexico given all the news about what is going on: Tulum is in the middle of no where. It is a very rural town and there are not large resorts like you see in Cancun. It is mostly small boutique hotels and everything is pretty open. There is regular police patrol that is not different than what you see in Boston, but it is definitely an area where you can be very vulnerable if you are expecting maximum security from the military or a resort. Basically, if you don’t have common street sense, don’t go here. Find a resort.

What we did notice while we were there, there were very little Americans and a lot of Europeans. Also, its is the perfect place for Bachelorette parties or even a single traveler. Tulum is a place where you can do absolutely nothing but eat and relax or you can see many historical sites. We chose to do nothing.

Our Hotel

We stayed at El Pez which is part of Colibri Boutique Hotels which is ALSO affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World which is a company we are looking to use for every single vacation we have been looking into. I have a BS in Management with a Concentration in Hospitality and all of my professional Hospitality career was done in luxury boutique hotels, so you can say they are my passion. I did MUCH research before we went and I am a hotel snob, so I have extremely high standards and El Pez met them all! I will be doing a Travel Tips Post later this week hopefully where I give you my professional input on how I book vacations.

We did not do much while we were there because we needed a few days to just Relax and Rejuvenate, but we will be going back hopefully withing the year because I really wanted to go to the Cenotes and all the Mayan Ruins. If we do we will stay here 1000%.

The best thing about luxury boutique hotels is the service. In a good hotel most staff you are interacting with will get to know your name and use it regularly, this also allows them to put the personalized touch on your experience, more than what you would get at a Large resort. El Pez has under 20 rooms so EVERYONE knew our names. Even the grounds keepers who took care of the common areas.

We stayed in a Sea Front King which is technically the lowest level room and our view was amazing! Every room has a veranda and every morning they deliver coffee. We did not set a single alarm while we were there. Our view faced the sunrise, so we just left our curtains open. I am the only one who drinks coffee. Every morning between 7 and 8, I would wake up to the sun rise, grab my coffee outside my door, and sit on the veranda while I enjoyed my coffee. No technology. (they also deliver meditation tea every night)

Then J would wake up and we would head down stairs for breakfast, which was included, sit watching the water, eat fresh fruit and just be present. IT WAS PERFECT! This was our first Vacation as a couple and prob the best possible one we could have done.

After breakfast we would go back to the room and from about 9 to 12:30 is the sun would hit our Veranda perfectly I would just sun bath up there.

The rest of the day we would just walk around the town exploring and eating Tacos. J was obsessed with Mateo’s Mexican Grill, so we ate there every day. They have outstanding service, a beautiful Sunset bar AND a different featured Margarita every day. The one above is a Cucumber Margarita which I had multiple times a day (they made it for me even when it wasn’t the special because we kept coming back).

Shopping was amazing as well. Tones of little boutiques, local companies. My FAVORITE purchase was this wall hanging! I was looking for this exact one. It took about 3 hours to find the best one because I am so indecisive, everyone give J a round of applause for putting up with me.

OVERALL: I give Tulum 15 out of 10 starts. I find I usually have high expectations in my head of what my vacations are going to be like, and they never quite measure up. Tulum blew us away. Best thing, you can go to relax or to have an adventure and learn some amazing Mexican History.

As always, Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below or email with questions! I have a lot of Highlights on IG as well.

XOXO

Tay

DISCLOSURE: This is not sponsored, pure opinion.