Project Don't Starve Week 1: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Depending on what part of the world you are in, this may not be relevant. But here in Kentucky it is HOT. Still hot. Far too hot for my liking.

Which means while having a meal that cooks itself all day sounds amazing, I also have a severe aversion to eating piping hot food while it is also piping hot outside.

Yet…it’s Project Don’t Starve week 1! Out of all the fabulous recipes sent in, I decided to start with Cilantro Lime Chicken as recommended by Lady Jane. Because it seems like this might be good cold. Maybe?

To stretch this out a bit (and since it’s just two of us) I’m going to make three meals out of it for this week.

Project Dont Starve Week 1

Week 1: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Recipe (adapted from

Combine the following in a crock pot:

  • Salsa

  • Juice of (1) lime

  • 1.25 oz taco seasoning packet

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

  • 2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers

  • Chicken breasts, trimmed

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Shred with fork when done. Add back to crock pot and mix well.

Makes three meals for (2) people.

Black beans - warm through on the stove

  • black beans, undrained

  • salt and pepper to tast

Corn Salsa - mix all ingredients well

  • Frozen corn, thawed

  • Diced red onion to taste

  • cilantro, chopped, to taste

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Meal 1: Burrito Bowls

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream

Meal 2: Wraps

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream
-Flour tortillas

Meal 3: Nachos

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream
-Corn chips

Shopping List (2 people)

6 large chicken breasts
2 cans reduced sodium black beans
1 bags frozen corn, 12oz
2 bunches fresh cilantro
1 red onion
24 oz salsa
2 jalapeno peppers
1 tomato
3 limes
1 packet taco seasoning, 1.25 oz
Monterey jack cheese
Corn chips
Flour tortillas
Sour cream

What did we think?

We loved this!! It was super easy. I used the full two peppers and it really isn’t hot at all. We ate it over rice bowls the first night. I took the whole concoction to work with me for lunch cold the next day and it was just as good. It also made more than I thought it would. From this recipe we will get about four meals worth of food. It’s a really great crock pot chicken meal! And tastes great with a variety of dishes. Would recommend!!

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