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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is the easiest way to prepare Mexican chicken!  Chicken breasts in tomatillo green chili salsa slow-cooked and simmered to perfection. This wonderfully simple, perfectly seasoned, juicy, crazy flavorful chicken is ideal for tacos, tostadas, burritos or just served over cilantro lime rice!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

When it comes to easy slow cooker meals, this Salsa Verde Chicken is at the top of my favorites list! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love their slow cooker for forget-about-it meals? When life gets crazy and you don’t have time to stop at the store or look for a new recipe to made, firing up that slow cooker and going about your day is the best way to solve that problem. 

What is Salsa Verde?

Mexican Salsa Verde or ‘green sauce’ is generally prepared with tomatillos, serrano chiles, cilantro, garlic and onion.

It is very easy to make and can be as spicy or mild as you prefer.

Traditional salsas are usually red because their main ingredient is tomatoes. With Salsa Verde, it’s green color comes from the tomatillos, which are a small green fruit. 

You can made homemade Salsa Verde very easily or find a pre-made jar of Salsa Verde where you find taco seasonings and such in your local supermarket.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken in a white serving dish

Why This Salsa Verde Chicken is the BEST

  • This slow cooker tomatillo green chili salsa chicken recipe is seriously easy!!! You add in a handful of ingredients and let you slow cooker do the work for you.
  • Who doesn’t love perfectly seasoned chicken? … anyone? …..
  • Salsa Verde Chicken is perfect to add to so many dishes. Tacos? Yes! Burritos? Yes! Salads? Yes!
  • Salsa verde can be as mild or spicy as you like. Feel free to experiment with heat levels to really give your slow cooker chicken a punch!
  • Perfect slow cooker chicken recipe to make ahead of time and move to the freezer for an easy dinner at a later time.
  • Great salsa verde chicken recipe to feed a large group of people. Um .. hello? .. football parties, anyone?
  • This is a dump and go dinner. No heavy lifting here.. just add your ingredients to your slow cooker, hit the ON button and go about your day.

 Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – Perfect tender chicken every time and shreds easily.
  • Bottle of Salsa Verde – You can find a jar of pre-made salsa verde usually where you would pick up packets of taco seasoning and tortillas.
  • Can of green chilies – Easy way to add some heat to this slow cooker chicken recipe.
  • Garlic – All things good start with fresh garlic.
  • Cumin – Smokey earthy flavors
  • Onion powder – Flavor
  • Salt / Pepper – Enhances the flavors of your dish
  • Cilantro – If you don’t like cilantro, feel free to substitute it for parsley.
  • Lime – Zesty, citrus flavor 

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken made into tacos

Step by Step Instructions

  •  Add chicken breasts into the slow cooker (4-7 quart) and pour in your favorite pre-made jar of salsa verde, green chilies, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on Low or 3 hours on High. 
  • Once cooked, move chicken (leave sauce in the slow cooker) to a cutting board and shred chicken with a fork.
  • Return chicken to the crock-pot and let stew in the sauce another 15 minutes.  
  • Squeeze lime over chicken and toss with cilantro. Serve warm.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken in a slow cooker

Pro Tips for Perfect Salsa Verde Chicken

  • Adding the green chilies gives this slow cooker salsa verde chicken a bit of a kick but not so much the entire family won’t enjoy. Feel free to leave them out for a milder chicken dish.
  • Grab your favorite bottle of salsa verde from the ethnic food aisle of your grocery store or make your own if you prefer. I usually find mine next to pre-made taco seasoning packets.
  • The green salsa is the star of the show so be sure to use a salsa with tons of flavor. I look for salsas with little charred bits and slightly chunky.
  • Use fresh garlic for this recipe instead of garlic powder for a better taste.
  • Green salsa does not usually pack much heat. Add in a couple of diced jalapeno or Anaheim peppers to your chicken while it simmers in your slow cooker.

Salsa Verde Chicken Storage

Any leftover Salsa Verde Chicken can be stored inside an airtight container and moved to the fridge for up to 4 days.

What Kind of Chicken Should You Use?

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – I prefer to use boneless chicken breasts for this recipe because they are easy to shred and the meat always comes out juicy and tender.
  • Chicken Thighs – If you prefer dark meat, substitute the chicken breasts for chicken thighs.
  • Chicken Tenders – This crock pot salsa chicken recipe can be made with chicken tenders, just be sure to reduce your cooking time down to about 3 hours or so.

Serving Ideas

  • Tacos and burritos: Using Mexican shredded chicken for tacos, tostadas and burritos are my favorite way to enjoy them! Add your favorite toppings along with Chipotle Tomato Salsa for the perfect easy dinner.
  • Enchiladas:  I also love using this crock pot salsa verde chicken in enchiladas. Add the shredded chicken to large tortillas wraps, roll and place in a baking pan. Cover in cheese, bake at 350 for 20 minutes and enjoy!
  • Over rice: I am a burrito bowl lover so this shredded chicken pairs perfectly with cilantro lime rice topped with some black beans, corn, cotija crumbling cheese and a bit of diced jalapeno.
  • Salsa Verde Mac n Cheese: Don’t judge! This is perfect in baked macaroni and cheese and since it’s chicken, it makes it healthy… right?

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Enjoy ♥ Heather

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken soft tacos

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken soft tacos
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is the easiest way to prepare Mexican chicken!  Chicken breasts, green chilies and salsa verde sauce slow-cooked and simmered to perfection.. This wonderfully simple, perfectly seasoned, juicy, crazy flavorful chicken is ideal for tacos, tostadas, burritos or just served over cilantro lime rice!
Heather - A Wicked Whisk
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Serving Size 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced

Instructions

  • Add chicken breasts into the slow cooker (4-7 quart) and pour in your favorite pre-made jar of salsa verde, green chilies, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on Low or 3 hours on High. 
    Once cooked, move chicken (leave sauce in the slow cooker) to a cutting board and shred chicken with a fork.
    Return chicken to the crock-pot and let stew in the sauce another 15 minutes.  
    Squeeze lime over chicken and toss with cilantro. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Pro Tips for Perfect Salsa Verde Chicken

    • Adding the green chilies gives this slow cooker salsa verde chicken a bit of a kick but not so much the entire family won't enjoy. Feel free to leave them out for a milder chicken dish.
    • Grab your favorite bottle of salsa verde from the ethnic food aisle of your grocery store or make your own if you prefer. I usually find mine next to pre-made taco seasoning packets.
    • The green salsa is the star of the show so be sure to use a salsa with tons of flavor. I look for salsas with little charred bits and slightly chunky.
    • Use fresh garlic for this recipe instead of garlic powder for a better taste.
    • Green salsa does not usually pack much heat. Add in a couple of diced jalapeno or Anaheim peppers to your chicken while it simmers in your slow cooker.

Nutrition

Serving: 16g | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.33g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.39g | Cholesterol: 0.52mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Update Notes: This post was originally published in April of 2018 but was republished with an updated recipe, new photos, step by step instructions and tips in February of 2024.

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12 Comments

  1. Yum! These look very full of flavor with all the beautiful colors! I also am a big fan of slow cooker meals and always am looking for more unique chicken recipes.

  2. I love salsa verde, yours looks amazing. Going to have to try this, I use my slow cooker all of the time! Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I loooove salsa verde! We’re in Mexico right now and salsa verde is for sale everywhere! Our Air Bnb has a slow cooker so I will try your recipe tomorrow! Cannot wait!

  4. 5 stars
    Goodness me this looks amazing, I love the flavour combinations and the way you’ve presented this – well, my family would be so pleased to have this for dinner!

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