Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Right around early spring, my affinity for big, heaping pots of things dissipates in favor of delicious grilled dinners and scrumptious stovetop meals. Everything gets squeezed with lemon, marinated in hot sauce and charred on those fiery hot grates. We mix our meats with piles of fresh vegetables, nudge a soft dinner roll alongside, and clink “cheers” with a frosty brew. But sometimes, that’s just too much dang work.

So then, I remember my workhorse of a CrockPot and fall in love all over again with how EASY it makes everything. And summer’s all about ease, am I right?

This spicy, simple and delicious salsa verde chicken has become one of our new favorite weeknight meals! Just toss it all in your slow cooker, set it and forget it. The onions and garlic make it incredibly fragrant, the jalapeno and salsa verde add a spicy kick, and a splash of lime juice keeps the flavors fresh and vibrant.

Use whatever salsa verde you can find, but if you have access to an H-E-B grocery store, grab a jar of their Hatch chile salsa verde! It’s been one of my favorites since I moved to Austin – spicy, salty and perfect for chip dippin’ – but it’s only available for a short time since Hatch chiles go in and out of season quicker than winter in Texas! And if ya don’t already know, that’s quick.

Just in time, I was sent a box of spicy goodies as a member of H-E-B’s Primo Picks program – perfect for this Hatch-hungry girl! Included was a jar of their incredible salsa verde. Not only is it great in this chili, but you can also top grilled meats with it or add it to burritos, enchiladas or quesdillas!

Mix up this mouthwatering, super easy slow cooker meal some weekday, set off for work, and walk in the door to delicious goodness in one pot! The best parts? Impossibly easy clean-up, lots of ways to dish it up, and plenty of toppings to serve it to your taste!

We like to top cooked brown rice with scoopfuls of this salsa verde chicken, wrap it in a multigrain tortilla, or just eat a big bowlful as is for a low-carb, high-protein meal. I love mine with sliced avocado, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. Cheese and sour cream make it even better, but any way you serve this scrumptious meal, you’re gonna love it!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Yield: Makes approx. 6 servings

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed

2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

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

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced

1 (16 oz.) jar salsa verde

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Juice of 1 lime

For serving (optional):

Cooked brown or white rice

Warm tortillas

For topping (optional):

Chopped tomatoes

Sliced avocado

Chopped scallions

Chopped cilantro

Shredded Mexican cheese

Light sour cream or plain yogurt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (besides serving and topping ingredients) in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Once chicken is fully cooked, remove from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place shredded chicken back into the slow cooker with sauce, stir and cook on low for 15 more minutes.

Serve heaping spoonfuls over cooked rice or warm tortillas.

Top with desired toppings (see ideas above).

Enjoy!

Disclosure:

Products were provided to me by H-E-B for review and I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own.

      

41 Responses to “Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 12, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    Yes please, your chicken looks mouth-watering and I love all those textured and tasty toppings!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 12, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    I love those no-fuss meals. And I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. This sound perfect and delicious Georgia! Have a great week! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 12, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    I haven’t used my crockpot in so long but you’ve just reminded me to dust it off and make this stat!

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    Kumar's Kitchen — August 12, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    scrumptious slow cooker salsa verde looks so beautifully presented in that green bowl
    love the avocado slices on top :-)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 12, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    This looks amazing, Georgia! I love the HEB Hatch salsa! Going to make this ASAP :)

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 12, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    We just started sports again so I’ve been needing slow cooker recipes! This one looks awesome, must add it into our regular rotation. :)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 12, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Fabulous easy peasy slow cooker recipe for summer, Georgia! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tieghan — August 12, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    This is so delicious looking! I love the way your brain thinks and in my house you can never go wrong with a good chicken recipe and rice! Making this for sure!

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    easyfoodsmith — August 12, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Love such no-fuss meals…also they are ideal for summer. Your presentation is beautiful and the dish looks amazing.

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    Eileen — August 12, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Georgia, this looks like a perfect supper to me. I love all of the flavors that it has going on in it. I think the sweet, salty, and creamy should satisfy nearly every taste bud.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 12, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I’m absolutely in love with this dish. Gotta love the crockpot.

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — August 12, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Oh how I love to let the slow cooker do the cooking for me! This recipe is a must-make on my slow cooker list!

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    Natalie — August 12, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    This looks so amazing, looks like I will be making this on the weekend!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 12, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I’m all about these kinds of meals in the summer (and fall, and winter, and spring… ;)). So yummy!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 12, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    This is made in slow cooker? wow…I need to take out my slow cooker!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 12, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    I love using my crockpot, and the school and soccer practice grind is just about here! This recipe came just in time, Georgia. I am definitely making this — it looks just delicious!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 12, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    Such a beautiful photo of a yummy dish. This has my mouth watering as we love Mexican food!

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    Karly — August 12, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. This is pretty much my perfect food right here!

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    Becca @ Crumbs — August 12, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Oh wow – something I would actually eat from a slow cooker! Usually my mum makes overly hearty stews in them which I am not a fan of, but this sounds light and delicious!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — August 12, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Could I grab a bowl Please?? Such a delicious look healthy combination here and absolutely fuss free.

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    Nik@ABrownTable — August 12, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Oh wow, that really does look so vibrant and amazing. I just need you to ship some to me!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — August 12, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous! Love all the Mexican flavors. Great for getting back to school and busy schedules!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 12, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    Another amazing slow cooker recipe from Georgia that I just gotta try! I am in love with this salsa verde dish!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 12, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    I need to get the crockpot out right now and make this happen!! Gorgeous photos too!!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 12, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

    I loveee this, Georgia!! I love making Mexican dishes in the slow cooker!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 13, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I really need to just suck it up already and buy a crock pot/slow cooker. Seriously.

    Can you send me a big bowl for dinner, please? :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 13, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I think I just found my new favorite slow cooker meal!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 13, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    lovely photos! this sounds so good.

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    Meghan — August 13, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Time to break out my slow cooker – this looks fantastic! Lovely photos!

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    cassie — August 13, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I have only used my slow cooker once this summer and that needs to change. I love the sound of this, Georgia!

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    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — August 13, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I’ve never try chicken this way, and my family just love chicken, I have to make this soon!

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    Alexe — August 13, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    This looks amazing. Any tricks on how to keep the chicken breasts moist? I find when I do chicken breasts in the slow cooker they tend to dry out. Thanks!

    • Georgia — August 13th, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Alexe! I never have a problem with dry chicken breasts, since I always find that shredding and adding them back to the slow cooker with a sauce (like in this recipe) keeps them moist.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 13, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    I love my slow cooker lately! Sometimes I forget about it, but it makes dinners so easy and the meat always comes out so tender.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — August 13, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    This is right up my alley. I love all of these flavors, what a great combo, and the fact that this is made in the slow cooker is a super plus :-)

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    Bill — August 14, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Making me hungry, Georgia! This looks absolutely delicious! Great flavors and awesome photos!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — August 14, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    This sounds so beautiful and simple! I love that it can be made in the slow cooker :)

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 14, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    This looks fabulous – I love my slow cooker, especially in the summer!

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    Jaclyn — August 14, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    I love slow cooker recipes and this one looks delicious!!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 15, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    Whoa, this is on top of rice? I love it! I enjoy slow cooked meals (without slow cooker, that’s the problem) and this sounds delicious!

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    Ramona — August 17, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    I love slow cooker meals… I would definitely enjoy this over a big bowl of brown rice. YUM!

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