This is a hit for the whole family, from our What a Good Eater! cookbook. Lots of toddlers have a hard time with meats, but the slow-cooker takes care of that by making the chicken nice and soft. And what toddler doesn't love taco toppings?! Enjoy!
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos (Kid-Friendly!)
- Servings: Approx. 6 cups
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, preferably organic
- 15 ounces low-sodium black beans, drained
- 14 ounces frozen corn, preferably organic, straight from freezer
- 16 ounces mild store-bought salsa, preferably organic
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- Whole wheat tortillas (optional)
- Add all the ingredients except the cilantro and tortillas (if using) to the slow cooker. (No need to cut the chicken.) Mix the ingredients well.
- Slow cook on low for approximately 8 hours, undisturbed. The meal is ready when the chicken is fork tender.
- Shred all of the chicken using a fork and knife. Add the cilantro and mix well. Serve!
- Create soft tacos: Place the chicken mixture in a whole wheat tortilla. Top with grated cheese and sour cream. Roll the tortilla up to create a soft taco or burrito, then slice it into bite-size circles for your toddler. Adults looking for extra spice can add jalapenos to the adult soft tacos only.
- Create a burrito bowl: place the chicken mixture in a bowl over cooked rice. Top with grated cheese and sour cream. Serve your toddler the burrito bowl with a spoon.
The Power of Herbs and Spices
The herb featured in this recipe is cilantro! Cilantro is a source of iron, magnesium, and manganese. Cilantro can help rid the body of harmful toxins, such as mercury, aluminum, and lead, and the carotenoids in cilantro provide protection for the liver. Its oils are antimicrobials, which help destroy any stressors to the immune system, and can help ease nausea.