green chile chicken crockpot
green chile chicken crockpot

Green Chile Chicken Crock Pot

5/5
With such complex flavors, nobody will believe you spent 5 minutes throwing ingredients in a crock pot. Cooked low and slow for 5 hours, you get chicken with fork tender shreddability. Pair with rice for an easy bowl or wrap in tortillas for burritos. Freezer friendly.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours
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green chile chicken crock pot
Bowl Style: Here’s the green chile chicken shredded and served with juices over rice and beans.

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Condition: mesmerized; Mood: inspired. There’s just so much potential for this shredded chile chicken that I’m already imagining all the ways I could serve it up–restaurant style.

So I practically begged for a crock pot for Christmas this year, and I GOT ONE! It came fresh out of the box, even. As in, it’s not EVEN a hand-me-down!

It’s amusing to me that crock pots are that kitchen appliance that someone in the family has and is always lending out to everybody else. Thanks mom.

Since Christmas, I’ve made this chicken recipe twice already. Maybe because it’s that good or maybe because it’s that simple, and dare I say, affordable? These days, we’re on a tight budget…so when your budget requires you to eat-in a lot, it’s nice to know that you won’t be a slave to the kitchen every night.

Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE to cook, but I like it to come from a place of inspiration, not necessity.

Crock Pot vs. Slow Cooker?

By the way, do some of you say slow cooker? I know they’re the same thing because I looked it up! Google says, most people say crock pot (unless you live in Hawaii). Just curious.

Four Easy Serving Suggestions:

green chile chicken on a tortilla
This chicken is delicious served on an open-faced toasted tortilla.

This recipe is now a staple in my house because you get to just throw a few ingredients (chicken stock, green salsa, spices, chicken breast, and cream cheese) into your slow cooker and hit a button.

5 hours go by…

And bam. You have chicken that is so tender, you can literally shred it with a fork. Then, you can use the shredded chicken in different ways so that you don’t tire of the same dish.

Let me know if you say crock pot or slow cooker and where you live:)

green chile chicken crock pot

Green Chile Chicken Crock Pot

With such complex flavors, nobody will believe you spent 5 minutes throwing ingredients in a crock pot. Cooked low and slow for 5 hours, you get chicken with fork tender shreddability. Pair with rice for an easy bowl or wrap in tortillas for burritos. Freezer friendly.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, crock pot, gluten free, slow cooker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 14 oz canned salsa verde
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken breast pounded
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz shredded mozarella cheese for serving

Instructions

  • Pour chicken stock and salsa verde into the crock pot. Add garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Place pounded chicken breasts on top, flip to coat.
  • Use fingers to break cream cheese into dollops to cover each breast. Set crock pot to the low setting for 5 hours. Once cooked, the chicken will be very tender and can be shredded with a fork. Excess liquid can be separated or used as a flavorful sauce.
  • Serve over rice with tortillas or use chicken and sauce for enchiladas. Top with mozzarella cheese.

Notes

Burrito Filling: Use this chicken in burritos with rice and freeze. For a quick lunch, simply microwave the burrito.
Enchiladas: Separate as much liquid as possible to use as an enchilada sauce. Fill corn tortillas with chicken. Top with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Broil until the cheese is brown. Top with sliced jalapeno. *See recipe here.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1116mg | Potassium: 633mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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Lee Brock
Lee Brock
9 months ago

Made this twice, and it’s definitely as good or better tasting than what you’d find in a Mexican restaurant. Plus it’s amazingly simple to make. Thank you, and I’m now looking forward to making the crock pot pork green chili recipe.

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