Pineapple Salsa Chicken

Did you ever have one of those weeks that was so crazy-busy that you felt like you couldn’t catch up?  (Like with field trips, carpet cleaning, playdates, and planning for a weekend out-of-town.)

And then, added to that, your kids get colds and your washing machine breaks?

Well, that was my week.

Even with all that going on, we still needed to eat.  (Crazy, I know.)

I was perusing one of my good friend’s favorite recipe sites, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, and I saw a recipe so simple, so easy and quick, that I had to give it a try.

And this week turned out to be a perfect week to make it.

The Recipe:

Pineapple Salsa Chicken, from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

6 fresh or frozen chicken breasts

1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained

2 c mild or medium salsa

Place the chicken in the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Using tongs, remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred into bite-size pieces.  Mix the chicken back in with the rest of the ingredients.  The mixture will be fairly soupy – drain off some of the excess liquid before serving, especially when eating it in tortillas.  Serve with tortilla chips and garnishes, like tomatoes, cheese, avocado, sour cream, etc.

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The Results:

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first thing – it does not look pretty.   It’s kind of a hodge-podge of the beans, chicken, and pineapple.  But it sure does taste good.  I ended up adding some fresh cilantro and served it with a little hot sauce, sour cream, and grated sharp cheddar cheese – all on a warmed flour tortilla.

It only took five minutes (literally five minutes) to put together.  There was no cutting, chopping, prepping, or anything of the sort.  It was a dump-and-go kind of meal (another food term I need to copyright :) ).

And it was exactly what we needed this week.

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11 thoughts on “Pineapple Salsa Chicken

  1. Kristy October 21, 2011 at 8:12 am Reply

    Oh my gosh! I love dump and go! We have these kind of weeks about every other week around here it seems. I don’t know when we got so busy, or even why, but sometimes it’s just nuts. Not only would this make me happy on a busy weekday, but it would be a crowd pleaser too. :)

  2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 21, 2011 at 8:41 am Reply

    Our kids never get colds. (Only because we’re childless.) Seriously, hope things are back to normal. I love this recipe because it’s so easy to repurpose into tacos. I just said repurpose, yuck!

  3. Kate October 21, 2011 at 8:57 am Reply

    Wow Courtney, that looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to get home and try a few of your recipes since my cooking schedule has cleared up!! Hugs, Kate

  4. Miss Kate October 21, 2011 at 9:34 am Reply

    Comments from two Kates in a row! How fun.

    I realllly like the “dump and go” dinners. Sometimes, life moves fast and it’s nice to have a crock pot to cook for you. Thanks for sharing!

  5. mariscallahan October 21, 2011 at 10:29 am Reply

    Love how easy this looks!

  6. Melanie October 21, 2011 at 10:44 am Reply

    I agree…this isn’t the prettiest meal in the world, but it sure is easy and tasty. Glad you loved it!

  7. Geni - Sweet and Crumby October 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Absolutely anything with 6 ingredients and yummy is such a WIN! OMG Courtney. We need to hang out. I am so sad you are in Washington…so, so far away. I have had so many issues at my house (ruined floors, termites, car repair fraud…) I feel for you. NO washer is a big problem. Good luck. Hope your weekend away restores you and hope your kids feel better quick!

    • Courtney October 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm Reply

      Thanks, Geni. The weekend turned out perfectly, actually. And our neighbor’s letting us use the washer over there. Hope all you home woes are better now, m’dear!

  8. Caroline October 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm Reply

    These are the best kinds of meals during busy weeks. I seriously need to invest in a crock pot so I can make magical recipes like this. The chicken sounds delicious!! Perfect for me, especially since I’m pretty much obsessed with Mexican food. I could eat it almost every day. :)

  9. Wholesome Cook October 22, 2011 at 12:33 am Reply

    Great recipe for a quick mid-week dinner! I can’t see anything wrong with using good quality canned and frozen ingredients sometimes. Delcious!

  10. Miz Helen October 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm Reply

    We would really enjoy this great Pineapple Salsa Chicken, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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