When it comes to an easy dinner, two words come to mind – CROCKPOT and LEFTOVERS (shame on you if you thought I was going to say “drive” and “thru”…although no judgment, we’ve all been there…several times…a week…). So for an easy dinner to have the ability to save on waste, and save on money by using up last night’s dinner leftovers, you can completely reinvent your dish to serve up the family the next night. Guilty of always buying a rotisserie chicken when I browse the aisles at Costco (I mean, who can beat a pre-cooked dinner for that price?!) I’m often left with half a chicken to use up…or a whole one depending on how much I succumb to the children’s pleas for $1.50 hotdogs after checkout. Pulling my weekday evenings back together, this recipe is exactly what we busy folk need. EASY.  It was hella delicious and, don’t laugh…but the leftovers from THIS, I made into a soup the next night (just added a carton of chicken stock and let it come to a simmer. Leftovers of leftovers. It’s like the dry shampoo of cooking). For now, lets just start here, because that leftover rotisserie chicken is meant for SO much more than another chicken salad sandwich.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4-8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 can corn kernels
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white/yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 cup bbq sauce (we used a raw honey based bbq sauce)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded leftover rotisserie chicken (we used approx two breasts worth)
  • Optional: Corn/Flour Tortillas for serving, along with toppings such as sour cream, cheese, green onion and cilantro

Equipment

  • Crock Pot

Method

  • Combine all your ingredients in the crock pot. Mix well.
  • Set to HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours (or until quinoa is fully cooked through). If you can, stir occasionally.
  • Serve! (it's really that easy...)
Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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