Lately I’ve been working on how to save money by cooking what we have. A few months ago I literally felt sick to my stomach at the amount of food that we waste or throw away. So, I vowed to work harder at using leftovers in new ways and cooking more out of my pantry. So, I’m creating a “Frugal Pantry Cooking” section on my site where I’ll share what I make on the cheap by things I already have in my pantry or refrigerator.
One of the easiest ways to be frugal and cook from the pantry is to throw things into a Crock-Pot. (Have you ever noticed how much better things taste from the crockpot?) I actually came up with this recipe when having one of those, “What should I make for dinner?” days. With a full pantry, I didn’t want to go to the grocery store. So, I just threw some things that we already had into a crockpot and ended up with this yummy dish. And, best of all? It freezes really well. So, if you have a big crockpot and want to double the recipe and save some for later, go for it!
Crockpot Chicken and Spanish Rice
- 3 to 4 frozen chicken breasts, or 4 chicken thighs
- 1 5.6 oz. package of dry spanish rice mix
- 2 cans of tomatoes with juice
- 1 small white onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cans water
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 C frozen corn
Place frozen chicken in the bottom of the crockpot. Add the spanish rice mix and cover with 2 cans of tomatoes (including the juice–I used the tomatoes with chilis in it).
Dice white onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Add to crockpot mix.
Add 2 cans of water (use the tomato can). Stir in 1 tsp of chili powder.
Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.
The last hour of cooking, add 1 C of frozen corn.
Prior to serving, shred chicken in the crockpot (I use two forks) and stir the dish thoroughly.
Garnish individual servings with a dollop of sour cream and serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.
Are you traveling with your crockpot? Check out what I just found: Crock-Pot SCBAG Travel Bag for 7-Quart Slow Cookers. TOTALLY want one. Do you have one? Let me know how you like it!