Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stephanie Conger's Chicken Tacos

Life is funny in the paths on which it will take you.  Sometimes they seem so odd, so hard to understand, but ever since I went away to college I have learned to just go with it because some of the most wonderful people are met along the way!  This was the case for me when I found myself on the plains of Auburn, AL my freshman year in college.  Though it hadn't been my first choice of schools I understood that it was where I was at the time and needed to do my best to enjoy the opportunities life had presented.

As is typical for college freshman, most everyone is a little unsure and a little wary of what they are supposed to be doing, where they are supposed to be going, etc.  This was certainly the case for us Nashville girls surrounded by pick up trucks and cow pastures.  It didn't take long for us to find our footing and fully emerse ourselves in the college lifestyle and boy did we have fun!  Some of my most fond memories are riding in the car with my roommate, Courtney (aka "Courtie D"), signing 50 Cent's "It's My Birthday" at the top of our lungs, dancing at Bourbon Street, eating copious amounts of Mama G's, watching our friends participate in the Rodeo, laying in a field playing football with friends in from out of town, getting to know everyone else's high school friends and just truly enjoying this new experience.

Though I didn't stay at Auburn my entire college career, the people I met and the impression they made on my life, will be with me forever.  I would trade nothing for those friendships and experiences!  Another perk, which I enjoyed at UGA as well, was getting to know my friends families.  Courtney and I, both being from Nashville, clung together most of the time in Auburn and when our families would come visit we would tag along!  This is how I got to know the dear Dismukes family.  It was my great pleasure to visit her grandmother, Nona, in Atlanta, travel with the family to Naples and enjoy many dinners and visits along the way.  Courtney's sister, Stephanie, was so much fun getting to know!  It was perfectly evident to me from the get-go why she and Court were so incredibly close!

Here is where I insert my deep love of Facebook!  As the years have gone on and we have all gone our own ways, I am still able to keep in touch with my friends from so many different places and phases of my life.  This is where Stephanie and I do most of our recipe swapping which is one of my favorite past times!

So recently I received the following message from my seemed so simple I thought it needed to be added to my weeknight rotation.  I mean seriously, how can you go wrong!  It was so simple and soooooo delicious!!

Stephanie Dismukes Conger's Chicken Tacos

Ok...made this tonight and the fam devoured! Super easy, cheap weeknight meal.
1 1/2 pounds organic chicken breasts
1/2 jar Herdez Salsa Verde
1/2 jar your favorite salsa
1 onion chopped
1 taco seasoning packet.
I put all of this in the crockpot this morning for 8 hours (on low), came home, shredded the chicken, served on tortillas with cilantro, sour cream, avacado, red onion(pickled would be amazing)
Delish and SUPER easy!

Here were my cast of characters....
I always rinse off my chicken before cooking it....just makes me feel better!
Dice up an onion....
Combine your ingredients...

Push the chicken down into the mixture and make sure some of it covers the chicken as well...
Remove from the crok pot and shred (it was so perfectly tender that i was able to do this with the tongs...didn't even need to get out two forks to pull it apart!)

I served mine with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and was DIVINE!
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