Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Chicken

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Chicken made with just six ingredients is an easy and healthy dinner your whole family will love. This dump and go slow cooker recipe is a complete meal and has just 400 calories and 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle Smartpoints.

400 CALORIES 39g CARBS 8g FAT 45g PROTEIN
1
Freestyle™ SmartPoints™ New!
(9 Old SmartPoints™)
(10 PointsPlus®)

This Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Chicken couldn't be easier to make and with just six ingredients most people have in their pantry and fridge, it's a no-brainer for filling and healthy dinner. It's packed with black beans, corn, your favorite salsa, and chicken and then topped with melted cheese. Plus it only has 1 Freestyle Smartpoints for those following Weight Watchers.

I am a big fan of what the internet lovingly calls, dump crockpot recipes. Essentially they are recipes where you basically dump a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker and walk away. No dicing, chopping, browning, or prepping. Just dump it in, walk away,  and four hours later dinner is ready. It's that easy, and this Slow Cook Southwestern Chicken covered with cheese is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Now this recipe has a common cast of ingredients in Southwestern style recipes. You will want to reach for black beans, corn, your favorite thick and chunky salsa, and chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Then it is important to season up the chicken to make sure it is really flavorful. I used a Pampered Chef Southwestern seasoning, but since that can be hard to find, you can use a store bought Southwestern spice blend of just grab some taco seasoning. Here is a homemade option. Then during the last few minutes of cooking, add the cheese until it's gooey and melted.

Tips for Tricks for the Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken

  • Make it creamy: Add in some reduced fat cream cheese before serving. When I make this option, I drain off some of the liquid before so that the cream cheese is able to make a nice creamy sauce.
  • Turn it into soup: Add chicken or vegetable broth to turn this into a soup.
  • Add freshness: Think about this like a burrito bowl. Top it with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado.
  • Kick up the spice: Add some diced chipotle peppers, chili powder, fresh jalapenos, or canned diced green chilies.
  • Dairy-free: Leave off the cheese and top with diced avocado and fresh cilantro.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken with Cheese

  • Cauliflower rice: Since this recipe already has beans and corn, I like to pair it with a vegetable like cauliflower rice. It's nice and light and you won't even miss the regular rice.
  • Cilantro lime rice: When I make regular rice to serve with this recipe, I almost always make this cilantro lime version. It's a copycat of Chipotle's famous rice.
  • Green salad: A nice green salad is another great and light option.
  • Tortillas or wraps: This can easily turn into a taco or burrito by pairing it with regular or low carb tortillas.
  • Lettuce wraps: Another light option is to make lettuce wraps. I like to chops some fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and onion for these.
  • Zucchini boats: If you have leftovers, think about making some zucchini boats. So good! If I think I may go in this direction, I usually add the cheese to individual portions for our first meal so I can melt fresh cheese on the zucchini boats.

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The Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Chicken

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 5 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 30 oz. canned corn, drained
  • 15 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 oz. thick and chunky salsa, divided
  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning (optional, or Southwestern seasoning)
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
7%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Cholesterol 86mg
28%
Sodium 1290mg
56%
Total Carbohydrate 39g
6%
Dietary Fiber 11g
29%
Sugars 6g
Protein 45g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

About the author Meet Martha Mckinnon
Martha is a lifetime WW committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life. Her blog, Simple-Nourished-Living.com, is a popular resource for easy healthy recipes, success stories and weight loss tips to help you eat great and lose weight. A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you'll find her helping beginners over the age of 50 discover the powerful benefits of yoga.  Learn More
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2 Comments
On Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Chicken
Terry Cardinal
May 3, 2018 - 23:57
Something that used to be 9 SmartPoints and is now 1 Freestyle point has already eaten up more than the 7 daily points Freestyle took away from us when they did away with SmartPoints. I'm confused. Freestyle is not working for me! I've gone back to SmartPoints. I do appreciate that you include the old Smart Points values for those of us still using that plan. I wish all the WW food bloggers would!
SL Wilson
May 4, 2018 - 20:47
That's what makes all these recipes so great they give you options for all the plans. What works for one doesn't always work for everyone. Thanks girls for helping us all on this journey to a healthy life!!
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