Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

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336 CALORIES 27g CARBS 6g FAT 39g PROTEIN
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(8 PointsPlus®)

This post is brought to you by Mezzeta but all opinions are 100% mine.

With summer almost here, I have vacations on the brain. However, since I only have one true vacation slated for the season, I am planning lots of mini staycations and parties to keep the summer spirit alive and the vacation vibes flowing. Not only does this give me lots of fun things to look forward to all summer, it gives me an excuse to invite over my favorite people and spend the day in the sun with delicious food, which is my absolute favorite summer activity.

With that in mind, when Mezzeta asked me to participate in their Bring the Heat summer campaign, I jumped at the chance to plan a party for one of my favorite staycation themes – an at home fiesta! I am already counting the days until we can bust out the pinatas, Margaritas, guacamole, and these delicious Jalapeno Chicken Tacos.

When planning any sort of party, I always like to think about no-fuss food so that I don’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen all day and these tacos are the perfect option. Since they are cooked in the slow cooker, you can make them in advance and then just let them hang out on warm in the slow cooker during the fiesta and people can help themselves when they please. Just set out the delicious creamy jalapeno cilantro sauce, tortillas, and taco fixings.

Now let's talk about this dreamy Jalapeno Chicken for a moment. Although it may seem strange, you are going to use both the jalapenos and jarring liquid. This adds a ton of flavor to the chicken and keeps it really moist. One awesome thing about the Mezzeta Deli Sliced Jalapeno Peppers is that they come in "hot" or "tamed" so you can decide how spicy you like things. The "tamed" will just add a great barely there spicy flavor while the hot will pack in the heat. Although I love to serve this in tacos, if you just want to cook the chicken it has under 200 calories and only 4 PP for a 1/2 cup serving. Yum.

The Recipe

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 8 oz. Deli Sliced Hot or Tamed Mezzeta Jalapenos and liquid
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 12 U corn tortillas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Deli Sliced Hot or Tamed Mezzeta Jalapenos (or more)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

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Instructions

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Add the chicken, jalapenos and liquid, and spices to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Shred with two forks.

2

Meanwhile, make the sauce by adding the cream cheese, yogurt, jalapenos, and cilantro to the food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse until well blended.

3

Serve the chicken in warmed tortillas with the creamy sauce.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tacos with 1 tbsp. sauce per taco
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 667mg
29%
Total Carbohydrate 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 3g
Protein 39g

* 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.

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
4 Comments
On Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce
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Rebecca G
June 26, 2016 - 16:17
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Love this recipe! The chicken was so juicy and tender, had a perfect level of spice, and the sauce was super yummy. I added extra cilantro to the sauce because cilantro is amazing (duh). One thing I should mention though is that instead of using the slow cooker method we used a cooked rotisserie chicken and cooked it in a pan with the jalapenos, the juice and spices and then followed the recipe from there. (We started dinner too late to use the slow cooker). The bf and I will definitely make again!
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Cathi Petersen
February 28, 2016 - 06:31
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I only give this three stars because the recipe itself is too vague. The prep and cook time are way off as it states 10 hours of prep and 10 hours of cook time, however in the directions it states 4 hrs cook time. Also, it only lists the serving size for the sauce per taco not the serving size of chicken per taco. I can only assume it is .5 cup based on where it states .5 serving size without the tortilla.
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January 21, 2016 - 08:27
Making this for dinner tonight! Looks so yummy!
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January 11, 2016 - 12:10
Sorry about that! Just updated the recipe. It's 1/4 cup cilantro.
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