Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken – Loaded with salsa verde and delicious tomatoes, this healthy crock pot chicken is incredibly flavorful and extremely easy to make. Just place it all in the crock pot and walk away.

shredded salsa chicken

CROCK POT SALSA VERDE CHICKEN

Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is chicken breasts baked in tomatillo salsa verde sauce, mixed with tomatoes and onions. Salsa Verde Chicken around here is also known as, “Dump & Go” chicken dinner!

BTW, Hallo Hallo, lovelies! Smile BIG – it’s Sunday Fundaaaay! Don’t EVEN think about manic Monday… not yet. You can, but not until 7 pm tonight, when you start to remember all the things you have to get done before Monday arrives. Coo’?

salsa verde poured over chicken breasts in a slow cooker

These easy “dump and go” dinners are life changing. Because, it literally takes 7-ish minutes to prep dinner and the rest is done by our Crock Pot crock pot.

Sidenote: IS that why it’s called a crock pot? Because of the brand?? HA!
I’m just kidding! Of course I knew that!  It’s like that whole Kleenex by Kleenex thing.

scooping out chicken from crock pot

HOW TO MAKE SALSA VERDE CHICKEN IN THE CROCK POT

Salsa Chicken – not verde – is probably the first dish I ever made in a slow cooker. It really couldn’t have been easier; I poured a jar of salsa into the crock pot, arranged some chicken on top of that, and 4 hours later, din din was served.

AND I looked like I totally knew what I was doing in a room with knives and food-type ingredients.

After that successful recipe, I moved onto bigger things, like dumping salsa on top of beef and peppers inside the crock pot and calling it Beef Fajitas! Always livin’ on the edge. πŸ˜ƒ 

I also make this Verde Chicken and it’s a favorite for Sunday dinners, parties, and gamedays.

  1. First, you want to add some chicken breasts to the insert of your slow cooker.
  2. Then, add in onions, plus a can of diced roasted tomatoes on top, followed by couple cups of salsa verde, cumin, chili powder, and garlic. 
  3. Set to cook for 4 hours on HIGH, or 6 hours on LOW. 
  4. When finished, remove chicken from the slow cooker, shred it, then stir it back into the sauce, and serve.

shredded chicken garnished with parsley

So now here we are salsa verde-ing our chicken, getting all that amaze-maze flavor that you would the traditional way, but much easier and maybe even more flavorful. ME LIKEY.

And it’s creations like this that make me feel like a dinner-hero. 

HOW TO STORE SHREDDED CHICKEN

  • Store completely cooled shredded chicken in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. 
  • To freeze, store shredded chicken in ziploc bags or airtight containers and keep in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.

ENJOY!

4.78 from 9 votes
shredded salsa chicken
Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs
 
Loaded with salsa verde and delicious chopped tomatoes, this healthy crock pot chicken is incredibly flavorful and extremely easy to make.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southwest, Mexican
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 176 kcal
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5-ounces) roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups salsa verde (I use Herdez Salsa Verde)
  • 1/2 tablespoon (or to taste) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon (or to taste) chili powder
  • chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish
  • jalapeno rings, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the crock with cooking spray.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place chicken in the crock pot.
  3. Arrange onions and garlic over chicken breasts.

  4. Add tomatoes, salsa verde, cumin, and chili powder; stir everything around to combine.

  5. Cover and cook for 3.5 to 4 hours on HIGH, or 5 to 6 hours on LOW.
  6. Remove cover and transfer chicken breasts to a cutting board; using two forks, shred the chicken.*
  7. Stir shredded chicken back into the crock pot.

  8. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  9. Top with fresh parsley or cilantro and jalapeno rings.

  10. Serve in tacos, over salads, and/or rice.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*To shred the chicken, you can also place it in a mixing bowl and use your hand mixer or stand mixer to shred the chicken.
**You can serve this with flour tortillas, sandwich bread, and/or burger buns.
Or, serve it as is.
***Place leftovers in a container with a lid and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.

WW Freestyle Points: 0Β 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 686mg29%
Potassium 620mg18%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 702IU14%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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RECIPE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 25th, 2015; UPDATED RECIPE AND POST ON JANUARY 29th, 2020.

73 Responses
  1. ashleybauman

    hi I emailed but I can’t find a reply… I was wondering if I could have the original recipe please? I was going to share it with a coworker and the new picture caught my eye. I’ve made the original recipe probably at least a dozen times and LOVE IT but this is not the recipe I know and love (i’m sure its great, but we don’t like jalapenos & i’d rather used powdered garlic as per the original) please respond πŸ™‚ thanks!!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Yes, the jalapenos are just for garnish – so totally optional – and for the garlic, you want to use about 3/4-teaspoon and up to 1-teaspoon of garlic powder. That’s pretty much the only differences in the recipe. It needed a little update. 😊

  2. Maureen Foster

    Looks delicious! Do you happen to remember the total weight of the chicken was? Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, didn’t know what to estimate? Thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I almost always get chicken breasts that are around 4-ounces each… so, I’d say there’s a total of about 24-ounces in that crock pot. 😊

  3. kelly

    hello, can i cook this in the crockpot for 9 hours or is that too much? i’m going to try to put it on when i’m at work. Thanks!

  4. Katie

    This is one of my favorite recipes! I’m planning on doubling it for a get together coming up. Should I increase the cooking time?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      I also love this recipe, especially for a crowd!
      It may take a bit longer to cook, since the extra mass will take a bit longer to heat up, but I wouldn’t add more than 30 minutes. If you can, check the internal temperature of the cooked chicken, which should be at least 165F. I hope this helps.

  5. Melody

    I have made a similar dish for years, 4 boneless chicken breasts, 1 large jar salsa, 1 cream cheese. Cook chicken 4 hours in crock pot, drain broth, shred chichen, add salsa and cream cheese and cook another hour or so. Delicious!

  6. Julie Taran

    Hi there. I have become a lover of my pressure cooker and I’m going to try this recipe in there today. Have you heard from anyone in a reply that has used a pressure cooker for this? I will try to post back after I make it and let you know how it turns out and possibly give you some time recommendations in case someone else wants to try it in a pressure cooker. Thanks for the wonderful looking recipe.

  7. Katrina

    Hi – Two things:

    1) Can you be more specific about the weight of chicken you used? I used three giant boneless skinless chicken breasts equal to a little over 3lbs. Just wondering how to translate the nutrition facts because I have way more than 4 servings! Or maybe I don’t?? How many cups did you equate to a serving?

    2) I drained over two cups of liquid from the finished product. Is that normal? Please help a Crock-Pot newbie!

    Other notes: Flavors we’re good and recipe is simple and quick! Will enjoy this again!

    Thank you!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Wow, those are some big chicken breasts! haha So, one uncooked chicken breast of 4 ounces is 1 serving. You probably have about 10 to 12 servings there. Did you drain before shredding the chicken? You don’t want to drain the liquid because after you shred the chicken and stir it back in the pot, it all comes together and is not runny/soupy at all. I hope this helps! Let me know. πŸ™‚

  8. Nyx

    For the can of tomatoes, do you drain them or just dump the entire contents in? Thanks! Will be trying this recipe for the first time πŸ™‚

  9. Nancy

    Oh! What can I say about this! Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is so tasty. The ingredients amount are less and instruction is also so easy to make.I will make it very soon by following your step. Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Amy

    I love how there are so many possibilities with this recipe. Taco filling, sandwiches, quesadillas…and lots more. Such a great weeknight recipe!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Sandy! Yes, absolutely. Bone-in chicken does take a bit more time to cook so just make sure that it’s cooked through before shredding it.

  11. Lauren Smith

    One of my favorite crockpots!! Super easy and super yummy!! We eat it by itself with some shredded cheese in top and black beans. I’m trying it over shredded lettuce tonight. Thanks for the receipe

  12. Ashley

    So gonna make this today looks really delicious thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚ oh quick question can i throw the chicken in frozen

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      HI Ashley! I haven’t put frozen chicken in a crock pot, but I know many do, so it might work. I think the only thing to consider would be the extra liquid you might end up with because of the extra water.

  13. David

    Made this for dinner tonight. We nailed it! I made yellow saffron rice and black beans which complimented the chicken salsa verde too. Compliments galore for me. Thank you.

  14. Kate

    I followed the rescipe for the most part- I went with corn and black bean salsa because it’s my favorite and added “fajita” seasoning to give it a more Mexican style, and it turned out awesome! Had it with cilantro rice and shredded cheese πŸ™‚ – I will say it looked a bit “soupy” at first , but once I broke up the chicken it all mixed together to be a good ratio. I also I let it cook for the last 30 min with the lid off to evaporate any water and thicken it up. Easiest dinner I’ve ever made tastes great too !

  15. Robin

    I read your blog about the salsa Verde chicken and I am going to follow you just because of your grammar commentary. I hate when people say “should of” too. It drives me completely bonkers! Thank you so much for calling attention to that! It seems like people just are using the “wonder spelling” that was used in first grade instead of thinking about what they’re trying to say! And, you’re really funny.

  16. Maddie

    Just wanted to leave a note to say it turned out great!! It turned out a little soupy- my chicken to salsa ratio must have been off- but the soup is DELICIOUS! Thanks for the easy & awesome idea!

  17. Laney

    Good Morning! Could you tell me how many servings this makes, and if the nurtritional information stated is per serving or for all? Many thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Laney! This serves about 4 to 5 people, unless my husband is eating, then it serves 2. πŸ˜‰ The nutritional info is per serving. I am trying to use a different recipe card for my website so that’s the reason for some of the missing information. πŸ™‚ I’ll have it fixed soon enough, I hope! Have a great Sunday!

  18. Casey

    I added a can of no salt added super sweet corn and a can of diced green chilies! Super delicious, makes it kinda spicy but with a sweet after taste. Yummy! Thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      That sounds so good!! I’m taking note of those chilies.
      Very happy to know that you enjoyed it! Thank you!!

  19. Cassandra

    Hello! Quick question. Approximately how many ounces or pounds of chicken do you use for this recipe? I notice it says 6 breasts but one breast where I live is generally 8-10 ounces. Thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Cassandra! Oh wow, that’s big!! πŸ˜€
      This recipe is for chicken breasts that are around 4 ounces each, or 24 ounces all together.

    2. Jill

      My 3 chicken breasts weigh 2.85lbs all together so should i just use half? Good thing i read the comments before I put 6 of those in the crock pot!

  20. Charlene

    I would think a can of Rotel instead of plain tomatoes would kick it up (a bit) without having to find chiles! (Depending on region) I use them in SO much!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Anna!! I would say to cook it at 350F in the oven for about 1 hour, or until internal temp of chicken is at least 165F. Do everything else the same way – season chicken breasts and transfer to a lightly greased baking dish. Add salsa verde, chopped tomatoes; stir well to combine, cover and cook. Hope that helps. If you have a minute, let me know how it goes. Have a great weekend ahead!

  21. Danielle Reeves

    Hello silly question here. I am currently remodeling so have no oven for the time being. Can I put raw chicken in the crock pot? Is that safe?

  22. Megan

    I have this in the Crockpot right now and can’t wait to give it a try! Is it spicy at all? I tend to prefer a bit of a kick – how do you think green chiles would work with this recipe?

  23. Janet Pallavicini

    Looks more ROJA than VERDE – but it is going into the ‘CROCKPOT” TOMORROW. Is it rather soupy?
    Yes, I Should have, not shouldah..

    In case I dont get back – Have a wonderful Orthodox New Year…

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Janet! It’s moist, not too soupy, and not dry at all… once you stir it all together at the end, it’s kinda perfect. πŸ˜‰
      Happy New Year to you and to yours!! xo

  24. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Your recipes never disappoint and they always end up looking like what you posted. Don’t say, “Don’t everyone’s?” because they don’t. πŸ™‚

    I love your salsa verde chicken and even more that you popped it in the slow cooker and forgot it.

  25. Cathy Trochelman

    I’m so glad you mentioned it. “Should of” makes me insane!!! This crock pot chicken, though…..looks fabulous! I can think of so many ways to use it!

  26. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I seriously want to make every single thing that you post. This salsa verde chicken sounds like something I need in my life ASAP!

  27. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I’m definitely all over this one…as soon as I get a new crockpot. Mine is no longer working and I haven’t had time to get a new one πŸ™ I really love easy dinners, especially when they include Mexican flavors.

  28. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I can just never get enough slow cooker recipes in my life! This chicken sounds so incredible — perfect for tacos or rice or pizza or anything!

  29. Joanie @ Zagleft

    Dump and go dinners are the best kinds. Lately, I’ve been using my slow cooker more than I ever have before. I’ll need to add this recipe to my list to make, it looks and sounds so good!

  30. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    I am always looking for new slow cooker ideas, especially for chicken (which is the favorite protein in my house). This sounds so flavorful – YUM!

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