Meh Chicken, But Awesome Hair and High Kicks

RECIPE: Chipotle Chicken and Potatoes

I tried out a new recipe yesterday from a random cookbook I had in my cabinet called Today’s Creative Crockpot, The Original Slow Cooker, Cookbook, Second Edition.

I think it’s possible the thin volume is over-compensating for something with extra title words. Like maybe flavor.

The recipe I used seemed like it had everything I would normally like: potatoes, chipotle, lime, sour cream, slow cooker ease of preparation. I really thought it was a no-lose.

But it wasn’t awesome. In fact, it was pretty far from awesome. It was closer to mediocre with a side of bleh. It was just spicy enough the kids didn’t like it, but it didn’t have flavor to make the spice worth it. The potatoes didn’t seem to go with the cream and chipotle. We couldn’t taste the lime at all. It needed a hefty pinch of kosher salt to even be worth attempting eating. The end result wasn’t particularly visually appealing.

With all that said, though, I still think the general components are there for a decent dish. Maybe more sauce (with salt) with more lime and no potatoes. Maybe a little cumin and some corn. Maybe tequila. Maybe it just needs tequila. Everything is better with tequila.

That actually might be the problem. I think I was expecting something that tasted like a slowcooker version of Tequila Lime Chicken Pasta (which is my very favorite ever). So it probably needs shallots and bell peppers.

So the point is, this one needs work to achieve awesomeness. Any suggestions?

Things that don’t need work to achieve awesomeness:

My nephew's rad hair.

This bizarre and addictive video that I could (have) watch over and over:

Chipotle Chicken and Potatoes
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Recipe type: Dinner
Author: Elizabeth
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 10 mins
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 lime
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 1 small container of sour cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, minced
  • 1/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of adobe sauce
  • 1 lb red potatoes, chopped
  • Other stuff to make it suck less
Directions
  1. Mix chipotle pepper, adobe sauce, heavy cream and juice from lime in a small bowl.
  2. Put chicken and potatoes in crockpot. Pour sauce over chicken and potatoes.
  3. Cook on low 8 hours.
  4. Remove potatoes and chicken from crockpot. Cover to keep warm.
  5. Add sour cream to liquid left in pot. Stir to mix.
  6. Add spinach to sauce mixture. Stir to coat. Turn crockpot up to high and let cook another 15 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  7. Serve all glopped together with a whole bunch of salt over the top to mask the fact that it has no flavor.

 

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11 Responses to Meh Chicken, But Awesome Hair and High Kicks

  1. Jim Tolar says:

    So, besides taste and appearance, the thing worked, right?
    Where did you get that juicer thingy? I want one.
    Gratuitous Colbster placement gets two thumbs up!

  2. Jim Tolar says:

    Looking over the recipe more closely, I’m not sure this one has a chance. All that cream (sour, and heavy) is a big load of bland (coupled with the potatoes) that you’re trying to overcome with just one chipotle, some adobo, and one measly lime. The chicken breasts don’t add anything flavor-wise either. I think this is destined to taste exactly the way you describe it, meh. This is probably a Mid-Westerner’s idea of exotic Southwestern-style food for the crockpot.
    And I don’t get the spinach addition. It makes it look like creamed spinach, which I guess I don’t have any basic problem with in theory, but creamed spinach is kind of the definition of meh taste.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah. It was edible, and actually the spinach was the only thing that added any texture that wasn’t mushy/stringy. Jason didn’t hate it. But it definitely wasn’t good.

    But did you watch the video? I may never get it out of my head.

  4. Nicole says:

    I agree that pairing potatoes with the rest of the ingredients sounds fishy. What if you prepared the chicken dish with more salt, then poured it over spaetzle? And added a little paprika? (by a little I mean a decent amount). The paprika might cooperate well with the smokey flavor of chipotle, and spaetzle has a nice flavor/texture. Also, I think onions improve pretty much everything.
    In summary, I guess I am trying to turn this into a southwest version of chicken paprikas.

    • Elizabeth says:

      OK, I don’t know what spaetzle is, but I’m gonna guess it’s pasta in the shape of pretzels with sparkly cupcake confetti on it. Which sounds delicious and way more visually appealing.

      I was totally going to say what the hell on the lack of onions in this dish. What doesn’t have onion as a flavor base? nothing. I should have known at that point it was a problem.

  5. Debbie Merrill says:

    Too bad this wasn’t good…I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. As for the video, I laughed out loud. It makes me uncomfortable but I can’t stop watching it! I’m afraid of what I would look like in that outfit. Loved it!

  6. Debbie Sinykin says:

    I have no suggestions but that video is very odd… I have seen her on Yo Gabba Gabba when the kids used to watch it. It is out of rotation :)
    My experience with slow cookers is beef is the only thing that works is beef and even then you need to make sure you got great aromatics to keep the flavor going. I want to love slow cookers but I have only had maybe one meal that I like (like-not love). Maybe I just don’t have slow cooker power :)

  7. kelli says:

    I too am wondering what my body rolls would look like in that outfit. Not the point at all, but still sadly amusing.

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