Sunday Slow Cooker: Salsa Verde Chicken

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Salsa verde chicken is probably the first dish I ever made in a slow cooker. It really couldn’t be easier a jar of salsa, some chicken, and 4 hours later a delicious, healthy meal that tastes better than you could ever imagine a recipe with just two ingredients could taste. However, over time, I have started to want more from my salsa chicken. So today I wanted to share some quick ways to doctor up traditional salsa chicken. First, let’s start with the chicken. Although all chicken breast would work and has lower calories, I like a combination of breasts and thighs to keep everything nice and moist. A lean beef roast or pork tenderloin is also delicious. Next is the salsa. This recipe gives you three options for salsa a simple jar, a doctored up store-bought salsa, or the most labor intensive but best tasting the homemade version. Lastly, let’s consider making it creamy and even cheesy. Salsa chicken can be totally transformed by adding some reduced fat cream cheese or sour cream. De-lic-ious! Any of these would work with either red or green salsa.
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Salsa Verde Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker: Salsa Verde Chicken

COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 1.5 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups green salsa (salsa verde)

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Basics: Combine everything is the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.


Option 1: Make your own salsa verde for the chicken. I recommend this roasted salsa verde. It’s delicious and is perfect for this slow cooker chicken.


Option 2: Doctor up some store-bought salsa verde. Buy your favorite brand and make it better. In this recipe I like to saute an onion, 4 cloves of garlic, and some chile peppers (1-2 jalapenos or 1-2 poblanos depending on how spicy the salsa is) and add that to the salsa along with 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. coriander, 1/2 tsp. oregano. It really amps up the flavor and makes a store bought salsa something special.


Option 3: Just use the jarred/canned stuff! Nothing to be ashamed of, I use this option all the time when I don’t have time to do anything more then dump everything in the slow cooker and walk away. My favorite salsa verdes are from Herdez and Frontera.


Make it creamy! Want a creamier chicken, add 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese or 3/4 cup reduced fat sour cream after shredding the chicken for a creamy version that is out of this world delicious. The cream cheese option adds 40 calories and 1 PointsPlus® per serving. The sour cream adds 31 calories and 1 PointsPlus® per serving

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup (207g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 121mg
Sodium 573mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
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.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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Lorna Mikkelsen
November 27, 2018 - 12:52
How many freestyle points is this?
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November 27, 2018 - 14:13
It's 2 Freestyle Smartpoints. They are located at the top of the recipe in case you are looking for them on other recipes. Hope you enjoy it!
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October 2, 2018 - 05:11
Hi! What kind of cook time do you recommend if using frozen chicken? Thank you!
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November 27, 2018 - 14:14
You will probably need to add about thirty minutes depending on the strength of your slow cooker.
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Linda Harris
May 16, 2018 - 13:07
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So easy and so good. Lots of flavor.
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May 16, 2018 - 20:02
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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May 7, 2017 - 17:00
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Definitely add the cream cheese! This was really good. Even my husband liked it! (I used jarred salsa verde so it was also really easy)
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November 27, 2018 - 14:14
It's so good with the cream cheese!!
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February 3, 2016 - 12:18
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love this recipe especially making it creamy with cream cheese!
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