Crockpot Cherry Chicken with Butternut Squash Zig-Zags
Sundays call for crockin'! Uh huh, and we're back with another fab-a-roo-ski & simple meal prep idea.
But first, let's back-track to yesterday morning. I was doing my typical TJ's grocery bop. I was perusing the produce department ... cauliflower rice [check]. asparagus [check]. healthy 8 veggie mix [duh, check, check]. And then, there it was. Just hanging out, looking OH so cute :)
I love butternut squash... and when it's cut up into these cute lil zig-zags, my heart just goes pitter-patter! TJ's you got me real good with this one. I plopped those lil suckers right into my basket. Sure, I could just roast them up [spread on a sheet pan, add a lil coconut oil + a shimmy shake of sea salt + pepper then pop into the oven at 450 for 25 min]. BUT, I wanted to try something different. And with plans for Sunday crockin' right around the corner, I figured - why not - let's throw these ditties into the crock and see what happens!
[CUE, Crockpot Cherry Chicken with Butternut Squash Zig-Zags]
- 4 - 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups pitted cherries [I used frozen, but I'm sure fresh would be even better!]
- butternut squash zig-zags [I used the entire container... orange palms?! Aint no thang. pish posh.]
- sea salt + rainbow peppercorns, for seasoning
Instructions [it's def not rocket science, people, but it turns out fab every time.]
- Place chicken breasts in crockpot; season with sea salt + rainbow peppercorns
- Add cherries and butternut squash over seasoned chicken breast
- Cook on high for 5 hours
[It's LITERALLY that simple!!]
After it's done cooking, I removed the cherries + butternut squash and placed them into a container.
Then, for the chicken, you can definitely leave the breasts whole, but I prefer to remove them from the crockpot and shred. After shredding, if the chicken looks a tad dry, just add some of the cooking liquid from the crockpot. Put in another separate container.
Same goes for all of my Sunday crockin' meal preps - I'll keep this on hand all week for quick dinners or portion out into lunches to take to work. Just reheat 'n eat.... SO easy-peasy and delicious.