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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Clean Eat Recipe :: Salsa Chicken

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Want an easy and tasty recipe that will last all week?  Salsa chicken is very easy to make and can be easily tailored to your taste buds.  You can serve this chicken over brown rice, use it on a salad or wrap it up in a clean tortilla!

Ingredients:

3-4 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 large diced tomatoes
1.5 cups (roughly) of your favorite salsa
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you want to make it spicy)


Directions:
1. Place chicken in crock pot and all remaining ingredients.
2. Cook on low for at least 7 hours.
3. After 7 hours, shred the chicken in the crock pot and let it cool before placing it in a container.

He & She Tip: Add sliced onion, bell peppers, cilantro, lime, or your favorite pepper to enhance the flavor.



Macros (based on a 6 oz serving):

Calories: 160

Fat: 2 g

Carbs: 2 g

Protein: 36 g


If you like this recipe, try our "Italian Stallion" Crock Pot Chicken!


Enjoy our recipes?  Get help with your grocery shopping here.

-Scott





100 comments:

  1. I had some of this and it is vry good. It has a great taste!

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  2. Love it! Thanks for sharing guys! I will be making it tonight!

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  3. I make this frequently. It is so easy and one of my most favorite things to have throughout the week. If yours turns out too salty (which can happen depending on the sodium content in the salsa you choose) you can offset that by adding "no salt added" tomato sauce. I usually ad about 6-8 oz to the crock pot. AWESOME receipe.

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    1. Good idea! Thanks Sherra. Last time we made it our pepper top came off completely so it had WAYYY too much pepper. I mixed cottage cheese in it to help drown out the pepper taste (sounds gross but it worked)!

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  4. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing your clean eating recipes. I'm eager to make this one today! I was curious to know how big your crockpot is... I think I have a smaller one, so I'd like to make sure I don't overfill. thanks!

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    1. Our crockpot is 6Q I believe (it is pretty big) & it takes up most of the pot! You may want to cut the recipe in half. Good luck & let us know what you think after you try it!

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  5. Do you guys finish most of this within the week? I'm just curious how long it lasts. I'm struggling with how much chicken to buy - I really want to get my hubby and I started on this, but I always struggle with putting together the shopping list :( If I look at what you eat daily (10 egg whites in the AM between the two of you, 4 protein bars each for the next meal) I have a hard time wrapping my head around how much to prepare on Sunday!! I'd love to see a post with exactly what you cook one weekend (quantities!) to make it through the week.

    Thanks for sharing all of this!!

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    1. Julie, thanks so much for your comment! We will be putting together some suggested "meal plans" over the next few weeks and hope to have some information regarding that out to our readers soon.
      As far as the salsa chicken goes, I would suggest making the amount that the recipe calls for. Most of ours is eaten within a week since it's really easy to use that for other recipes. You can also freeze in smaller containers if you find that haven't finished all of it. It's a great meal to have on hand!

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  6. Do you guys have a shopping list you could share? I too, was wondering about quantities...It sounds like you need your own chickens and a lot of them!!!lol
    Thanks for any help with this!
    j~

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    1. Hi Carden! It would be great if we had our own chickens but that could get messy! We will be working on meal plans and shopping lists for our readers over the next few weeks. Please continue to read the blog as we will share this with our readers as soon as the information is available.

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  7. Do you have the macro info?:)

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    1. For 6 ounces, cooked, there are about 36g protein, 2g carbs, and 2g fat totalling 160 calories.

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  8. What do you eat it with? Lettuce wraps or on a salad? Just curious.

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    1. Usually we eat a complex carb and plenty of veggies with our salsa chicken. I've had brown rice, black beans, quinoa with it and all work well. I've tried it on a lettuce wrap and it's pretty good that way too.

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  9. My question as well, what do you eat along with the salsa chicken? What does your dinner look like?

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    1. Usually we eat a complex carb and plenty of veggies with our salsa chicken. I've had brown rice, black beans, quinoa with it and all work well. I've tried it on a lettuce wrap and it's pretty good that way too.

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  10. This sounds easy, healthy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Quick question - What do you consider a "clean tortilla?" I've been on a mission for quite some time for a healthy tortilla with no soybean oil, or other preservatives/additives, or processed grains.

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    1. We like the Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain tortillas by Food for Life. They do have sprouted soybeans in them, but they're organic, so it's okay in moderation. You can find them in the frozen section at any grocery store...they are very good. Food for Life also makes brown rice tortillas and sprouted corn tortillas. Also, you can e-mail or write them and request coupons...they're a great company and we love all of their products!

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  11. What brand for clean tortilla's do you purchase?

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    1. We like the Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain tortillas by Food for Life. They do have sprouted soybeans in them, but they're organic, so it's okay in moderation. You can find them in the frozen section at any grocery store...they are very good. Food for Life also makes brown rice tortillas and sprouted corn tortillas. Also, you can e-mail or write them and request coupons...they're a great company and we love all of their products!

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  12. I tried this tonight! Both my husband & I absolutely loved it! Thanks :)

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    1. That's great Nicole! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Just a friendly suggestion: using Tbs (CAP) as the abbreviation for tablespoons makes it easier to differentiate from tsp (uncap) when looking back and forth from the computer.

    Thanks for the great recipe! Hope I haven't offended!
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Kelly! We will keep that in mind as we post new recipes. No offense taken! Constructive criticism is always welcome!

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  14. Made this last night and it was a hit! I will definitely make this one again. Thanks so much!

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    1. That's great! So glad you enjoyed it Kim!

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  15. Do you put the chicken in frozen or do you defrost it first? That may be a dumb question, but I don't have a lot of crockpot experience!

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    1. You'll need to defrost it first. Thanks for the question!

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    2. I always cook mine straight from the freezer and it turns out great. Another miracle of the crockpot. :)

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  16. This is a great recipe! I made this and the sweet potato chip recipe tonight, everyone loved it :) So glad to have this site as a resource for clean recipes!

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    1. Hey Rachael! We are so glad you liked it! Hopefully we will have a new slow cooker recipe posted next week that is just as easy! :-)

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  17. What is a serving for a woman of this ?

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    1. Hi Martha! It depends on your macros for the meal or day but I usually eat 4-6 oz for lunch or dinner. Hope that helps!

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  18. Hi there! I love this blog and all of your recipes seem pretty easy, however some of the ingredients I've never even heard of or where to start looking for them (like granulated garlic or liquid aminos)! I'm very new to this whole lifestyle, so it almost feels like a different language that you're speaking! LOL It would really help if you could say where you buy certain ingredients for the recipes at the beginning, and also have the serving size listed as well. They usually have the cal's, etc., but not an actual serving size. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for the suggestions Michelle! I felt the same way when I started eating clean! We have our grocery list posted under "The Lifestyle" tab at the top so hopefully that will help. Most of the items can be found at your local grocery store you may just have to ask someone for help otherwise you will be hunting for a while!

      The serving size will vary for everyone depending on their goals & what they have already eaten for the day. If you ever want to know what the serving size is & it is not listed please leave us a comment & we will try to help you out!

      Good luck & thank you for reading our blog! ;-)

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  19. I just found this recipe. We do similar but add in frozen corn and black beans. I wonder if this changes the health benefits? Sooo yummy though!

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    1. Sandra,

      That sounds good! The corn really doesn't make much difference other than adding additional starch and carbs. However, the black beans add protein and carbs. Definitely use MFP to look up the mets to determine the proper serving size.

      Tiffany

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  20. I just got everything ready for this recipe tonight, so I can just toss it in the crockpot on my way out the door before work tomorrow. I can't wait to see how yummy it will be!

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    1. Jenn, it's a wonderful recipe. How did yours turn out?

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    2. We loved it! I just made the Chocolate Protein bars yesterday and those were a hit with my boyfriend. He is really into working out, but loves his sweets. So he loves the fact that they are "clean" and have a ton of protein. He is always asking how much protein does this have, with everything he eats lol.

      Quick question though, I searched all of my local food markets for the oat flour and cannot find it anywhere. I found soy, almond, and a few other varieties, but no oat flour. Is there a particular place you buy it from and what section can it be generally found in? Thanks!!

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    3. I finally found the oat flour at HEB yesterday!! Only thing is, I got home and the package said sell by 09/2010, so I am gonna take it back for a fresh one today!

      Thanks for all y'alls motivation and great recipes!!

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    4. Oh no Jenn! Did you get a fresh one??

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    5. You can always make your own oat flour by tossing rolled oats in the blender, food processor, or coffee grinder.

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  21. When I made this I ended up freezing half of it and then used it a couple weeks later to make:

    "salsa chicken soup"
    I added organic low sodium veg. broth, black beans, quinoa, diced tomatoe, zucchini, green pepper and carrots....turned out awesome!

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    1. That sounds great Abigail. So glad that you shared it with us!

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  22. Had this going in the crock-pot all day. I added a diced onion and only used 1 Tbsp of red pepper flakes. My husband just raved and raved about it and I enjoyed it as I gobbled it up. Plenty of left-overs, too! Thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper!!

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    1. Yay! We love hearing this Katie! Thank you for trying the recipe! The left-overs are just as good & that is what I love about this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to comment! :-)

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  23. I just made this yesterday and am having it for the first time today for lunch. It definitely has a kick to it, but it's really good and flavorful. Thanks for such a easy and yummy clean recipe. Keep them coming!!!

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    1. Courtney we have a bunch of new recipes about to be added, so keep an eye out for them! We are so glad you enjoyed the Salsa Chicken!

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  24. I bought the ingredients today to try this in the crockpot tomorrow! Very excited to see how it tastes,I am going to add some onion and peppers to it as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes and healthy living tips!

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    1. I made this yesterday, we all liked it! I think I will use less spices next time, my kids thought it was "hot"!

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    2. We are glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, you might need to change up the spices depending on your taste buds! You could always mix in a little brown rice or black beans, that means to take some of the "heat" away!

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    3. That above should say "that *tends* to take some of the "heat" away". :-)

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  25. It's in my crockpot right now...can't wait to try it!! I made the turkey meatloaf muffins thus week and even my kids and two nephews ate them...did not think they would but honestly did not give them an option. Really trying to get on this clean eating lifestyle...finding it hard with 3 kids though. But both my husband and I both workout 4 times a week and have kind of reached a plateau...we eat healthy/clean about 80-90% of the time.

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    1. That is awesome Lindsey! Try to eat clean 95% of the time (or even 100%, if possible) & I bet you will get over that plateau! Let us know how it goes - good luck!

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  26. Does this stay fresh in the fridge for a whole week?

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    1. Hi Stella. We usually keep ours for about 4-5 days in the fridge. You could try freezing it as well!

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  27. I'm trying to figure out the calories per serving. Do you have any idea?

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    1. Hi Angela! I just added the macros to the recipe!

      Macros (based on a 6 oz serving):
      Calories: 160
      Fat: 2g
      Carbs: 2g
      Protein: 36g

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  28. How many oz per serving?

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    1. I (Whitney) usually eat 4-6 oz.
      Scott usually eats 6-8 oz.

      So I would say 4-8 depending on what the rest of your meals that day consisted of! Hope this helps!

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  29. So we tried this recipe last night and it was a hit - sort of... I halved the recipe for the first time trying it and next time we will need to reduce the red pepper flakes because it was just a tad too spicy for us... but overall we really liked it and it was easy and will be versatile. I am going to mix the leftovers with some brown rice and black beans for dinner tonight :) Thanks!!

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    1. That is what I do Kimberly! Scott likes it really spicy but I do not like it quite as spicy so I mix mine with brown rice or black beans to try and make it not so "hot"! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  30. I just made this, it is yummy! Just wondering what you consider a serving size and how many calories are in that serving?? I just ate a half a cup of the chicken, but I know you guys measure by weight. Suggestions would be great.

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    1. Hi Andrea! I just added the macros to the recipe. I usually eat 4-6 oz!

      Macros (based on a 6 oz serving):
      Calories: 160
      Fat: 2g
      Carbs: 2g
      Protein: 36g

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  31. We have a garden full of veggies right now, so instead of the salsa and additional spices I made this with peppers (bell, anaheim, cayenne and jalepeno) tomatos, onion, salt and pepper! YUM It made a bunch, so we ate a serving tonight and froze the rest for a quick meal for those nights I come home late

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    1. That sounds delicious! Nothing better than veggies from your own garden!

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  32. Had to tell you guys, I made this last night and it was a huge hit. I am very hit or miss with my cooking skills, but my husband and his friend said it was amazing (I think "better than Qudoba" was also mentioned). Thank you :)

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    1. HAHA! We are glad y'all enjoyed it! :-)

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  33. I made this yesterday and really loved it. It was so easy, and I love that it is so healthy. One question. When it was done cooking, there was a lot of liquid/water in the crock pot. Is this normal? What could have caused this? I am trying to figure out what I can do to prevent it next time. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nadia! Yes, that is normal! We usually just scoop out the chicken with a slotted spoon so that the liquid stays in the crock pot!

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    2. Thanks! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing anything wrong. This recipe is great!

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  34. What would be considered to be a "clean" tortilla? Thank you! Morgan

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    1. We like the Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain tortillas by Food for Life. They do have sprouted soybeans in them, but they're organic, so it's okay in moderation. You can find them in the frozen section at any grocery store...they are very good. Food for Life also makes brown rice tortillas and sprouted corn tortillas. Also, you can e-mail or write them and request coupons...they're a great company and we love all of their products!

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  35. I made this yesterday and really loved it. It was so easy, and I love that it is so healthy. One question. When it was done cooking, there was a lot of liquid/water in the crock pot. Is this normal? What could have caused this? I am trying to figure out what I can do to prevent it next time. Thanks!

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  36. I made this and my husband I loved it! I have a smaller crock pot so i had to scale the recipe down but it was delicious. My husband is a picky eater, especially if it happens to be healthy and he said he could eat it everyday. I will definitely be making this recipe again! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! We love how versatile it is - it can be used on a salad, in a clean tortilla, or just served with brown rice and black beans.

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  37. Question: How do you shred the chicken after its done cooking? Do you just use a knife/fork to tear it up? Will it just fall apart after cooking in the crockpot? Sorry if this is a dumb question - I make your chili recipe every week and LOVE it - thought I would mix it up a bit and try this!

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    1. Hi Kacie! This is not a dumb question!! I usually just use a knife/fork to tear it up! It is very easy to shred! Let us know how it turns out! :-)

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  38. I want to add black beans in the crockpot with it. Should I drain the black beans or just poor it right in?

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    1. Definitely drain the beans! Rinsing them will also help to remove excess sodium.

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  39. Quick question, and I do apologize if someone else has asked this. How long will this stay good in the fridge?

    For example if I make it on Sunday will it still be good on Friday?

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    1. Hi Crystal! Typically it doesn't last that long in our households because we eat it too fast. However, I would assume a 4 day shelf life. I would definitely freeze it if you want it to last longer! I defrosts and heats well!

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    2. I'm trying tomget into this whole lifestyle! If you have it in the fridge how do you reheat it or if you freeze it how do you cook it again? I'm from the UK and reheating chicken and things like rice is usually a no go over here. Struggling on how to prep meals with meat and rice. Thanks

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  40. Hi! Can't wait to try this recipe! Do you add the onions and peppers while it's cooking and lime and cilantro as condiments? Thank you!

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    1. You got it Peggy! You can actually add some lime and cilantro as it's cooking as well for a little different kick to the recipe and then add a little more once it is served. Up to you, but definitely cook the onions and peppers with it!

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  41. I just made this last night in the crock pot, and when I woke up the house smelled heavenly! I shredded and tasted it today at lunch time and wow! This tastes incredible! I am so proud of myself!

    I added a yellow chile pepper and some of the seeds, a can of diced green chile, yellow and orange bell peppers, onion and garlic cloves...those are just what I happened to have on hand...wished I had had some cilantro in the house. I think we will enjoy eating this all week!

    I also accidentally left this cooking in my crockpot on low for 12 hours!! I was afraid it would be dried out and yucky, but it was tender and almost shredded itself! A happy error!

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  42. Can I use tofu instead of chicken? I don't think it would work in a crockpot but I think I could do it on the stove? Also what kind of salsa do u use?

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  43. How many 6oz servings does this recipe yield? It is amazing, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm trying to figure out the same as well. I made mine this morning, but totally forgot to measure all of it.

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  44. Hello,

    I'm an Australian fan of your website.

    I made the Salsa Chicken last week and it was yummy! My partner tried it as well and he said it was really nice and light to eat. I also took some to work for lunch and a few of my work colleagues asked me how to make it. I'm now making my second batch tonight.It's SO easy to make, especially the second time around. I'm also making the chipotle chicken and blueberry muffins.

    Thank you for sharing this delicious & healthy recipes! I've just started lifting weights and eating clean. I've found your website really helpful :)

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  45. I always add black beans in place of some of the chicken.

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  46. What kind of salsa do you use?

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    1. You can make your own or use store bought. Just make sure to read the ingredients first. If we don't have time to make our own we use Kirkland brand (from Costco).

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  47. Do you have any suggestions for clean tortilla brands? There are about a million out there, and some are not the best tasting :(

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  48. What clean salsa brands do you all use/buy? What kind of canned diced tomato in juice do you use?

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  49. Just made this this morning, can't wait to try it for lunch today. I know a serving size is around 6oz and the macros, but how many servings would you say this yields. I totally forgot to measure all the servings while putting it in my container this morning and I'm trying to get an idea of how long this will last me. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you and love the website :)

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    1. Hi Hilary! I'm not sure exactly but it lasts Scott & me around 5 days so it makes a lot!

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