Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

This delicious slow cooked, skinny Santa Fe chicken can be dished over rice, tortillas or in a lettuce wrap for a healthy meal!

Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – This slow cooked, skinny chicken dish is best served over rice, tortillas or in a lettuce wrap for a healthy meal! |

How was your weekend? Did you have a nice, long and lazy one?

Over here, it was a little slice of heaven. From last Thursday onward, you couldn’t find my hubby or I anywhere near our computers, phones or TV. It was all about chilling out and grilling out, and enjoying the good people, food and drinks around us! We watched friends’ backyard fireworks sparkle for the 4th, swam so much you’d think we had gills, and ate ourselves into a fat, happy coma. Total bliss!

… And I intend on taking it slow as we ease back to the workin’ world this week. Le sigh.

Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – This slow cooked, skinny chicken dish is best served over rice, tortillas or in a lettuce wrap for a healthy meal! |

For days when you can’t be bothered, slow cooker meals are the perfect solution. They’re easy to whip up, ya got leftovers for days, and with the right ingredients, they can be made skinny enough to enjoy during swimsuit season! At just 190 calories and 21 grams of protein per serving, this is one meal I’ll be mixing up not only this summer, but throughout the whole year.

Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – This slow cooked, skinny chicken dish is best served over rice, tortillas or in a lettuce wrap for a healthy meal! |

I am just in love with how easy and adaptable this scrumptious Skinny Santa Fe Chicken is. Just toss a bunch of pantry staples and spices in your slow cooker along with beans, bell peppers, corn and diced tomatoes, and a delicious dinner is done in as little as 4 hours!

Scoop it on top of brown rice, wedge it into a lettuce leaf for a healthy wrap, or stuff it into a tortilla. Top it with chopped scallions and cilantro for a fresh kick. You can also add reduced-fat cheddar cheese, plain fat-free yogurt or light sour cream, and add crushed tortilla chips for a crunchy, salty bite. I love to serve this meal alongside my Jalapeno Cornbread with Honey-Lime Butter! Not skinny but so good.

However you dish it up, you will love this delish, easy CrockPot meal for weeknights or crowds!

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Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Yield: Makes 8 (1 cup) servings


1 lb. (about 2) boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies*, drained

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup (8 oz.) frozen corn

1 large green bell pepper, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon each: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

6 scallions, chopped

Ideas for serving (optional):

Cooked brown or white rice, tortillas, lettuce leaves (make a wrap!)

Additional scallions and/or cilantro

Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Crumbled queso or cotija

Chopped red onion

Crushed tortilla chips (adds a salty crunch!)

Light sour cream or fat-free plain yogurt


Combine all ingredients except cilantro and scallions in your slow cooker. Nestle chicken into mixture and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Half an hour before serving, remove chicken and shred with two forks. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Stir in cilantro and garnish with scallions.

Serve over rice, tortillas, or large lettuce leaves to make a lettuce wrap. Add your favorite toppings.



You can also use a 14.5 oz. can of Southwestern diced tomatoes, or diced tomatoes without green chilies. Feel free to add a 4 oz. can of green chilies if you can only find plain diced tomatoes.

The rice/tortillas and toppings are not included in the calorie count of 190 calories per serving.

Adapted from SkinnyTaste


62 Responses to “Skinny Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken”

  1. #
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 8, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    Georgia, this sounds delicious! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. Love that this is cooked via slow cooker. Who wants to be slaving over the stove on a hot day? Have a great week!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 8, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    Glad you had a relaxing weekend. One of these days, Jason and I are going to have to unplug ourselves from all electronics and do the same!

    Now this chicken – loving it! I’m in need of more crockpot recipes and this here is just perfect!

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    Kathryn — July 8, 2013 @ 3:56 am

    This sounds really delicious Georgia and just the right amount of spice and flavour to keep it interesting. Definitely going to give this a try!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 8, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    Loving this easy slow cooker recipe with the suggestion of a healthy lettuce leaf wrap! Nicely spiced so I won’t even miss cheese. Glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend, Georgia!

  5. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 8, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    This weekend was pretty fabulous all around. Glad you had a chance to relax as well! Love this recipe.

  6. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 8, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m so sold on this recipe! I love slow cooker meals and low calorie ones. Bookmarking this one!

  7. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 8, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    I have a feeling this is about to become a staple in our home. Love how healthy and easy it is! Great post, Georgia! Glad y’all had a relaxing 4th!!

  8. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 8, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Very flavourful and delicious…I love this skinny crock pot chicken!

  9. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Yum! Sounds perfect for busy summer days. Glad that you had a great long weekend!

  10. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — July 8, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Food comas are the best. This chicken looks delicious!

  11. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 8, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing weekend! I’ve been all about crock pot meals lately. This one is definitely going to happen soon!

  12. #
    Tieghan — July 8, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Glad you had a great weekend!! That sounds really awesome, but I am thinking this chicken sounds better! It is beautiful and I love how easy it is. Plus, these flavors are some of my favorites! So delicious!

  13. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 8, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Me too…didn’t really touch the computer all weekend! It felt so great! Love this meal, so easy and yummy!!

  14. #
    Eileen — July 8, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Sounds like you had a great weekend Georgia! We worked around the house and got a lot accomplished. I’m thankful for weekends where we make progress – lol… I just wished that I had this recipe sooner – i would have made it while we were busying ourselves with work since neither of us felt like cooking by the end of the day :) Oh well, I’m sure there will be more days like that in the future and I’ll put this recipe to good use! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. #
    Kathy — July 8, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    I adore meals like this! They are always such a hit with my family too! This looks delicious!

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 8, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Love those long, lazy weekends! Not so fun coming back to reality, though… but at least we can look forward to yummy meals like this one. Win! :)

  17. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 8, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Your weekend sounded perfect, and this dish does, too! I love Southwestern flavors, and the fact that it’s made in a crock pot and it’s lightened up is perfect. Sounds like my kind of meal!

  18. #
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — July 8, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    I do one very similar to this and we love it! So versatile and easy. Love Crock-Pot cookin’ :) Your holiday weekend sounds wonderful! We need more days like that don’t we?

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 8, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    I need this chicken in my life, and that cornbread too!

  20. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 8, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Can I have this for breakfast? Holy deliciousness! I am so glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  21. #
    Nicole — July 8, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Oh, this looks like a perfect summertime dinner! I need to put this on my menu. Pinning & have a great week!

  22. #
    Bill — July 8, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Wow! Love southwestern flavors and looks like you get all the flavors without all the calories. Thanks for sharing a great chicken dish!

  23. #
    Ash- foodfashionparty — July 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    You caught me at 190 calories. This looks so delicious and simple to make.
    Yes, getting back to work after a fun weekend is boring.

  24. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 8, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    We are sold on any crock pot recipe.. It can’t get easier or more carefree! This recipe also sounds amazing as fajitas or tacos.. =)

  25. #
    Monica — July 8, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I stop anytime I see “skinny” and a picture of something hearty and delicious together in one place! I’m looking for slow cooker recipes so this is great and I gotta try it! Your July 4th holiday sounds so nice, btw. Chilling and eating is the best combination. Add fireworks and what more do you need…. : )

  26. #
    val — July 8, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Holy guacamole – this looks amazing.

  27. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 8, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Gorgeous summertime dish, Georgia! I love finding new crock pot recipes. I had a long lazy weekend but got back to work yesterday. It was nice to unplug from the computer for three days though!!

  28. #
    Ramona — July 8, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Sounds like you had an ideal 4th holiday. :) Now that’s what we should have all of done. I love slow cooker recipes and this looks perfectly satisfying and flavorful. :)

  29. #
    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — July 8, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    This looks like something my family will love! I heart my crock pot in the summer. Actually, all year. :)

  30. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 8, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Love this!!! Looks delicious and I must try super soon!!!

  31. #
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 8, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    skinny or fat, this dish would have pride of place at my house

  32. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 8, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! This looks incredible and I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  33. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) — July 8, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    I love a good crockpot meal, especially during the week and when it’s hot outside. This dish looks really flavorful!

  34. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 8, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Sounds like you had a very nice relaxing long weekend! For summer time this is a great use of crock pot! Love this easy and delicious meal. Perfect for hot summer!

  35. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 8, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    The crockpot makes life so much easier and this looks like a totally divine meal!!

  36. #
    Liz — July 8, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    It’s getting to the point that I don’t want to turn on the oven! Your crockpot chicken would be a fantastic dinner option…so spicy and delicious! Thanks for sharing…I’m in desperate need of inspiration!!!

  37. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 8, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    What an awesome dinner! I love crock pot anything. This sounds awesome!

  38. #
    DessertForTwo — July 8, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    We had a phone-free weekend, too! Wasn’t it glorious? I’m pretty sure that’s how our forefathers would have wanted us to celebrate the 4th of July!

    This santa fe chicken recipe is going on the must-make list!

  39. #
    Vicki Bensinger — July 8, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    This dish has so many wonderful flavors you’d never know it was low in calories since it’s packed with flavor. I love all the options you share for ways of serving it. Great recipe. My family will love this.

  40. #
    Patty — July 8, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Georgia- your holiday weekend sounds just like mine ;) Love taking a break from computers once in awhile…but it’s great to get back and find your wonderful recipe-a perfect one for my tastes-thanks ;)

  41. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 8, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    Such a gorgeous bowl! I still use my crock all the time in the summer because it’s so convenient to throw stuff in it before work and come home to a nice meal. Love everything about this. Glad you and the hubs had a nice weekend un-hooked from technology! We all need those from time to time!

  42. #
    Eat Good 4 Life — July 9, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    I wish I had a crock pot in my hand right now. I miss my one but here no one even knows what that is :-) I am totally pinning and making this one when I get back! As always lovely colors.

  43. #
    cquek — July 9, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    OMG that all looks so amazing!! I want it aaaaaaalll!!!

  44. #
    Carolyn — July 9, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    I didn’t go near my computer for several days and it was fabulous! Too bad it didn’t last longer… This does look like a great dish to whip up in this heat!

  45. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 9, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Woah. I want to dive right into that bowl. PINNED.

  46. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 9, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Skinny and crock pot…my two favorite words!

  47. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 9, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Woohoo, loving that it’s skinny! I need some good, new skinny recipes and this fits the bill and then some. Done and done!

  48. #
    Laura @ The Rookie Cook — July 9, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I love relaxing weekends like that! Too bad that can’t happen every week, right?? This crock pot meal looks fabulous! I don’t usually think about using the crock pot in the summertime, but actually, I guess it’s perfect for summer since you don’t have to worry about cooking and the crock pot certainly won’t heat up the house!

  49. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 9, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I’m all for skinny this time of year. This looks great Georgia – I’ve been so busy I need something I can make ahead of time and feed me for days!

  50. #
    Karly — July 9, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Oh my word. This recipe is just exactly what I needed to see today. I’ve been wanting to use my slow cooker more and I always love Mexican flavors. YUM!

  51. #
    Dan from Platter Talk — July 9, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    From this post I can see you are living well and eating well! i love weekends like the one you described, I think they are highly underrated. Great job enjoying life and great job on another wonderful post!! Your photography is again, breathtaking, such a pleasure to see.

  52. #
    Pam — July 9, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I wish I had a bowlful of this for lunch today. YUM.

  53. #
    Kelly — July 9, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    This is one gorgeous looking dish Georgia! I am always looking for new crock pot meals and this sounds fabulous with all the spices. So pretty and summery looking too :) Pinning!

  54. #
    cassie — July 9, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    It was so, so nice to take a break from phones and computers over the holiday. It sounds like your holiday was similar to mine.

    I love these flavors, Georgia. And I also love that it’s skinny! I never think to use my slow cooker in the summer but I need to change that ASAP!

  55. #
    honeywhatscooking — July 9, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    this looks amazing.. i really need to get a crockpot. are they made with teflon? that’s my only concern. omg.. i don’t think I can ever stay far away from a gadget.

    • Georgia — July 10th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      Thanks! A Crockpot insert is just made of enameled stoneware, not Teflon. They’re very sturdy and good ones hold up for many years!

  56. #
    Billy — July 9, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Ironically, I just got back home to Atlanta from Santa Fe! Yep, the real deal in New Mexico. I was able to pick up several locally sourced chili powders out there so I am excited to try out this recipe with the spicy flare from the southwest!

  57. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 9, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    I use my slow cooker a lot in the summer since our house gets so hot. I like this light and summery meal idea!

  58. #
    Kiran @ — July 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    Ohmygosh! I need to make this. And for that, I REALLY NEED a crock-pot in my life!

  59. #
    Pearl — October 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Looks delicious. My husband is diabetic and I am looking for low carb meals. Do you know how many carbs are in this dish?

  60. #
    Dana — January 3, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    This has become a favorite in my home. Very easy and (most important) very flavorful. Thank you for sharing!

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