Easiest Dinner Ever: Pulled Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I’m not a great cook. Quite frankly, I have really boring tastebuds and would be totally content eating steak and eggs for every meal, which I do every time my wife goes out of town.

The rest of the time, though, I’m forced to mix it up a little bit. We tend to have a pretty simple template for dinner: protein and vegetables, with a rotating source of carbs, usually in the form of potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles.

Pretty simple, but in this day and age, time is of the essence, and after a long day of coaching clients and athletes, and my beauty of a wife grinding away at the office, we like to have some stuff on hand that’s already made and can be popped in the microwave or oven for a quick reheat a few days a week.

Enter, the simplest slow cooker recipe of all time: pulled chicken. All you need is 2 ingredients and you have a delicious meal that can be served with vegetables, on a salad, or over rice, depending on your nutritional goals. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Put some chicken in a crockpot.
  2. Pour a jar of salsa over the chicken.IMG_1713
  3. Dump a little extra salt and pepper on top.
  4. Turn the crockpot on high for 4 hours.
  5. Grab forks or these awesome shredder claws and pull the chicken apart. (It’ll fall apart really easily)IMG_1716
  6. Put in a container, pour the juice from the crockpot over it to keep it from drying out, and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it.

Eating healthy is all about putting the right strategies in place so you don’t dial Domino’s every time you get in a time crunch, which we all inevitably will get stuck in at some point in the week. I cooked this on Sunday while I ran errands, pulled it apart when I got home, and now have at least 2 ready made dinners set up for the week.

Make your life a little less stressful by being proactive with your dinner planning, and you’ll be a lot less likely to sabotage all your training efforts with a run by the drive thru. After shuttling little Johnny to baseball practice, picking up the dry cleaning, getting the puppy from doggy day care, and trying to finish the TPS reports, nobody wants to get in the kitchen and cook anyway.

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