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Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

This easy crockpot salsa verde chicken recipe is made with juicy chicken breasts and a tangy green salsa. Just throw all the ingredients in a crockpot for a delicious and healthy weeknight dinner.

Cooked salsa verde chicken in a crockpot.

Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Crockpot salsa verde chicken has become my meal prep superhero for busy days. It’s ridiculously easy to make – just toss a few ingredients into the slow cooker, set it, and forget it. The magic happens as the tender chicken simmers away in my homemade salsa verde, absorbing all those delicious Mexican-inspired spices.

The best part? It yields a generous amount, perfect for multiple meals throughout the week. I find myself effortlessly transforming it into tacos, wraps, salads, and more. But my favorite way to serve it is on top of cilantro lime rice for a filling and nutritious burrito bowl. The hands-off cooking and versatility make it a lifesaver when time is short, and the crave-worthy flavors are always a crowd-pleaser – perfect for weeknight family dinners and game day feasts.


  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are cooked on low in green salsa, shredded, and stirred back in. Use boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts.
  • Salsa Verde: You can use store-bought salsa verde, but I highly suggest making my homemade salsa verde recipe. It’s super easy to make, fresher than store-bought and has no preservatives or fillers.
  • Cumin & Garlic Powder: Cumin and garlic complement the tangy notes of the salsa verde. 
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste
  • Optional: Throw in some cilantro leaves with the rest of the ingredients for a refreshing herby twist. 
Ingredients for slow cooker salsa verde chicken.

How to Make Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Add the ingredients. To the slow cooker, add the salsa verde, spices, salt, and pepper, and stir. Place the chicken breasts into the crockpot and coat the chicken breasts with the salsa. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. 

Raw chicken and salsa berde in crockpot.

Shred the chicken. Using kitchen tongs, take out the chicken breasts and place them on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the chicken apart.

Shredding the chicken.

Stir together. Return the shredded chicken to the crockpot and stir together.

Cooked salsa verde chicken.

How to Serve Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Burrito Bowls: Build a filling and satisfying burrito bowl by placing the shredded chicken on top of cilantro lime rice and top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese.

Tacos & Nachos: Fill soft flour tortillas or crispy corn tortillas with the shredded chicken and top with your favorite toppings like diced onions, black beans, sliced avocado or guacamole, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Alternatively, put the shredded chicken on top of tortilla chips for a healthy twist on nachos!

Salads & Wraps: Add the shredded chicken to fresh greens or fill a lettuce wrap and add toppings. 

slow cooked chicken on top of rice.

Storage Instructions

To refrigerate, store the shredded chicken in an airtight container and consume it within 3 to 4 days.

To freeze, store the shredded chicken in a freezer-safe container or bag and consume it within 2 to 3 months.

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crockpot salsa verde chicken.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

This easy slow cooker salsa verde chicken recipe is made with juicy chicken breasts and a tangy green salsa.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 158 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (only if using store-bought salsa verde)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (chopped)


  • Add the salsa verde, chicken breasts, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and cilantro leaves (if using) to the slow cooker. Stir together, put the lid on, and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Using tongs, remove the chicken from the crockpot onto a cutting board and shred wih two forks.
  • Return the chicken to the crockpot and stir together. Garnish with fresh cilantro.


Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 24gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 539mgPotassium: 547mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    So comforting, delicious and easy to make. Can’t wait to have it again. Thank you for sharing another fantastic recipe!

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