Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

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This Crockpot chicken with a Mexican-infused salsa verde spin is guaranteed to be a family favorite. The shredded chicken is juicy, tender, and brimming with spicy, and tangy flavors. Just toss everything into a slow cooker or Crockpot, and in about 3 hours, the most delicious chicken is ready to be plated with sides, stuffed into tacos, and more!

Slow cooker salsa verde chicken.
Photo: Gayle McLeod

When I’m not making carnitas or barbacoa, this salsa verde Crockpot chicken recipe is always on the dinner menu. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it meal that cooks with ease in a Crockpot, creating the most tender pieces of shredded chicken. Thank goodness for slow cooker recipes!

But the secret to the phenomenal flavor in this recipe lies in my homemade salsa verde. Unlike the store-bought jarred versions, my recipe is authentic (with no added fillers), and just five simple ingredients. A simple blend of tomatillos, jalapeño peppers, and garlic are roasted in the oven, imparting a beautifully smokey flavor, then blended with onion and cilantro for the tastiest green salsa ever.

Ingredients for salsa verde slow cooker chicken.

Salsa Verde Crockpot Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts: Grab two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This is usually four chicken breasts.
  • Salsa Verde: Although you can buy the jarred kind, I highly recommend making it from scratch. It’s SO easy with my recipe and tastes a thousand times better!
  • Seasoning: Since most of the flavor comes from the salsa verde, a dash of salt and sprinkle of cumin is all you need.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro on top is a must for those Mexican cuisine vibes!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

How To Make Salsa Verde Chicken In a Crockpot

Add everything to the Crockpot. Add the chicken, salsa verde, salt, and cumin to a Crockpot. Mix it all together, then add the lid, and cook it for 2 ½ to 3 hours on high, or 4 to 5 hours on low.

Chicken with salsa verde in a slow cooker.

Shred the chicken. Using tongs, remove the chicken, place it on a cutting board, and shred it with two forks. Alternatively, you can use this shredded chicken method, which is quickly made in a stand mixer (it’s one of my favorite kitchen hacks!).

The final step. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir together. The chicken should be nice and juicy and coated with delicious salsa verde. Note: If you’d like a creamy texture, see my tip in the recipe card.

Shredding salsa verde chicken on a wooden board.

Ways To Enjoy It

  • Rice plate or bowl: My favorite way to enjoy this is with cilantro lime rice, black beans, and avocado slices (or guacamole). Don’t forget the sour cream, fresh cilantro, and jalapeno peppers on top! It makes all the difference.
  • Chicken Tacos: Give Tuesday taco night a fresh twist! To complete your tacos, prep some warmed tortillas with a few bowls of freshly chopped cilantro, diced avocado, diced red onion, and lime wedges.
  • Chicken Quesadilla: If you love quesadillas, add a large tortilla to a pan to warm up, sprinkle grated cheese on one half of the tortilla, along with a layer of salsa verde chicken. Flip the other half over to enclose the quesadilla and carefully flip it with a spatula. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden. So yum!
  • Nachos: You can make this part of a super-loaded nachos appetizer. But, for this recipe, I like to keep it a bit more simple, similar to my carnitas nachos. Tortilla chips, shredded cheese, jalapeno, and guacamole are all you need!
Slow cooker salsa verde chicken with rice.

Common Questions

If I double the recipe, do I need to alter anything?

If you’re cooking more than 2 pounds of chicken, I would cook it on high for an hour more. Then, check to see if all the chicken breasts are tender enough and adjust from there.

Can I make this in a Dutch oven?

Yes! Add everything to your Dutch oven and cook for 3 to 4 hours at 250°F, or until it becomes tender enough to shred. Note: Each oven heats differently so be sure to check your chicken at the 2-hour mark!

Storage Tips

  • To store in the fridge: This will stay good in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, making it perfect to enjoy throughout the week.
  • To freeze for later: It’s always a good idea to freeze an extra batch! It’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months, and be the tastiest meal to reheat at a moment’s notice.
  • For reheating: When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw it the fridge the night before, and then reheat in the microwave for a few minutes until warmed through.

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I hope you enjoy this Crockpot salsa verde chicken recipe! If you make it, I’d love to know how it turned out in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.

Salsa verde chicken in a slow cooker.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

5 from 25 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

This salsa verde chicken is juicy, tender, and brimming with smoked, tangy, and spicy flavors. Plus, it's made easy right in your Crockpot! Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen.

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Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Optional: sour cream, see note below

Instructions 

  • Slow cook. Add the chicken, salsa verde, salt, and cumin to a slow cooker. Mix it all together, then add the lid, and cook it for 2 ½ to 3 hours on high, or 4 to 5 hours on low.
    Chicken breasts with salsa verde sauce in a slow cooker.
  • Shred the chicken. Using tongs, remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks.
    Shredding salsa verde chicken with forks.
  • Mix together. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir together. If you'd like a creamier texture, see my note below. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.
    Salsa verde slow cooker chicken.

Lisa’s Tips

  • For a creamy salsa verde chicken, add ½ cup of sour cream to the Crockpot at the end, and then stir together with the shredded chicken. This is my personal favorite way to make it! It adds a creamy, tanginess to the chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1105mg | Potassium: 719mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Salsa Verde Chicken, slow cooker chicken, Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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55 Comments

    1. Hi Hannah – It will depend on the size of your chicken breasts. But generally, it should be a little more than 1/2 a cup.

  1. Okay. This is 100% going into our regular rotation! This was SO easy and tasted so good. I used a jar of Siete green enchilada sauce just to save some time and it was perfect. Don’t skip the sour cream at the end! 🤤5 stars

    1. Hi Trisha – Amazing! I’m so glad you love this salsa verde chicken. And yes, the sour cream version is so delicious!

  2. Made this tonight; so delicious. In Sydney Australia and no idea where to buy fresh Tomatillos around here so used the canned ones and turned out delicious :) had it with tacos, lime crema and guacamole. We will have leftovers with rice tomorrow.

  3. Oh my gosh. If I could give this amazing comfort food 10 stars, I would! THIS. MEAL. IS. SUPER. DELISH!! And, it couldn’t have been any easier to make. Even the Salsa Verde was super simple to make! The wonderful smells permeated my house all day and I couldn’t wait for my family to get home so we could dig in. I used thighs instead of breasts and served over rice. None of us could stop raving about our meal! You did it again, Lisa! Thanks for sharing your creations with us. This will definitely be on repeat ALL. YEAR. LONG!5 stars

  4. I made this recipe last Friday; it was delicious and fast to make (since I did this on the Insta-Pot). Will definitely add this to my list of easy to make recipes.

    Side note: I had leftovers that I put on top of tortilla chips and coated with cheese and Mexican cream. Just as mentioned on her video, the possibilities for this are endless.

    Thank you, Lisa!5 stars

  5. Made this recipe today and its so easy and delicious! Shredded over brown rice. Leftovers will become burritos. Another easy staple in the downshiftology rotation. Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  6. I made this recipe last night and had it for lunch today. Oh my gosh can I just say how much I love the flavors this!? Salsa Verde is my all-time favorite and this recipe is so simple I’ll probably make it numerous times a month. I imagine this recipe would work really well with a store bought salsa as well if you’re in a pinch. I do wish I would’ve cooked it a little bit less. I cooked it for 2 hours and 50 min, but I should’ve cooked it for exactly 2 1/2 hours. Some of the smaller chicken breasts were a bit dry but the flavor was phenomenal and did not affect the overall dish.5 stars

  7. Oh my word! So so good. Had this with your salsa verde recipe over rice with steamed broccoli. Amazing!
    In Australia tomatillo is not readily available fresh so made it with canned 🤔 but still worked out well. Will make again.5 stars

  8. So easy and so good!!!! Will definetly make an extra batch next time. Please share more crock pot recipes! Thank you!5 stars

  9. Incredibly easy delicious healthy meal! Glad I didn’t skip the homemade salsa verde—super simple and flavorful5 stars

  10. My family enjoyed this recipe on tostadas with toppings. It was easy to make and simple ingredients. I will make again. Thank you!5 stars

  11. So yummy! The homemade salsa has so much flavor. I ended up cooking it in the pressure cooker and it turned out wonderfully.5 stars

  12. Easiest meal on earth, and so delicious! Perfect for the 2024 whole30 plan provided free by Lisa! Thank you!5 stars

  13. I’m plant-based and so I’m looking forward to trying this subbing in white beans for the chicken and likely braising the beans for less time (depending on cooking time for dry or canned beans). Thank you for all your great recipes and inspiration!

  14. Made it for dinner tonight! Couldn’t find all the ingredients to make the salsa verde from scratch so had to go with the jar. Smells delicious! Make go with the tacos for tonight. Thank you so much, Lisa, for the recipe5 stars

  15. This looks amazing! Can you freeze up the portions of the cooked chicken/salsa mix? I’m one person and wouldn’t be able to eat all of it. And thank you!!!!

  16. Recipe sounds really good! But fresh tomatillos are not available in my country. Is it OK to prepare your salsa verde from canned tomatillos?

    1. Hi Amy – I haven’t tried this recipe with canned, but I think that should work. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!

  17. I made a double batch of this NYE weekend for a house full of people. It was a hit and I’ll definitely make it again! We offered rice and tortillas for bowls or tacos. We used leftovers to make nachos too. Excellent!

  18. This looks like an easy recipe and very flavorful. You can make so many different meals from this, Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s one I know I’ll use often.

    1. Hi Valerie! I’m sure you can make this in an Instant Pot, but I’m not sure of the exact instructions. You might have to look up a chicken breast instant pot recipe to base it on.

  19. So good! I used 3lb boneless skinless thighs instead of 2lb breast since that’s what I had on hand, and skipped the sour cream this time. This was the *perfect* accompaniment to my partner’s new tortilla press he received for Christmas! Served with fajita veggies, black beans, and fresh blue corn tortillas.5 stars

  20. Absolutely delicious! Thank you for another great recipe. The tacos and lemon cream chicken enchiladas turned out amazing using this recipe as the base.5 stars

  21. I made this, and it was phenomenal. The chicken came out crazy tender and juicy. I will make it again and would like some more ideas for different sauces/spices.5 stars