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This southwest chicken crockpot recipe is one of my most popular recipes of all time!

Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering, wholesome meal of seasoned shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. This chicken dinner recipe cooks to perfection in your slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white bowl with a white towel laying behind the bowl.

Why Are Slow Cookers So Popular?

Slow cookers are one of human’s greatest inventions in my book. No other appliance is quite as low maintenance and no other appliance will cook your dinner for you without any concern at all. Don’t get me wrong, I have an Instant Pot too and I love it. But pressure cookers still make me a little nervous and I never like leaving it alone to cook. Plus, it cooks food so fast there’s no point in really leaving it anyway unless you are using the slow cooking function, which brings me back full circle to how amazing slow cookers are!

Now I will say that older crockpots are not always trustworthy. But the newer ones are pretty darn safe and I regularly leave the house for hours while it does my cooking for me. My slow cooker is my best friend in the kitchen and I don’t see that ever changing!

Somehow, over the years, I got it in my head that using a slow cooker was a cold weather affair. Probably because I usually make slow cooker soups and stews when I’m using it. But after many reader comments, I’ve decided to use my slow cooker this summer. Apparently, many of you use them year round and avoid that hot stove/oven thing during the hot summer months. This is very wise.

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken.

What You’ll Need:

2 lb. chicken breasts – You’ll want these to be boneless and skinless. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer.

15 oz. can pinto beans  – Or you can use 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them. If you want to use a different bean, a great substitute here are kidney beans.

15 oz. can black beans – Or you can use 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them.

28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes in juice – If you can only find plain diced tomatoes, that’s fine too. That’s how I originally made this recipe. But I have since switched to the fire roasted diced tomatoes because I like the flavor they impart. Either will work though.

1 lb. frozen corn – You can put this in thawed or frozen. While food safety rules will always tell you to never put frozen food in a slow cooker, I have personally found that, because everything else is raw, the corn being frozen doesn’t seem to make any impact at all. The choice is yours. Do what feels right.

12 oz. jar of your favorite salsa – Opt for salsa with no added sugar and pick one that you enjoy the flavor of. The salsa does a lot to flavor this recipe, so the more you like the salsa, the more you’ll like the finished dish.

A white crock filled with Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken.

How To Make Southwest Chicken

This is a super simple dish to throw together last minute before you leave the house.

The first layer in this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the chicken, placed in the bottom of the crock.

Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker.

The salsa and diced tomatoes layered over the chicken in the crock.

Pour the tomatoes and salsa over that.

The beans layered over the sauce in the crock.

Layer on the beans.

The last layer of this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the corn, layered over the top of everything in the crock.

And lastly, add the corn.

The lid placed on the slow cooker as it starts to cook this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe.

Secure the lid on your slow cooker.

Shredding the Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken with an electric mixer.

Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until the chicken easily falls apart when the pot is stirred. I used an electric mixer on the slowest setting to easily and quickly shred the chicken without crushing the beans.

The finished Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white crock. A white towel lays to the side of the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Another way to enjoy this is to drain off a bit of the liquids and use it to fill tacos. It’s a small twist on the usual taco chicken you make in a slow cooker (see below). It’ll keep your taco night interesting without doing much of anything different. Although if you are using corn tortillas, the added corn may be a bit redundant. But I leave that up to you and your tortillas.

If you’re having a get-together, just set the crock on the warm setting (for up to 1 1/2 hours) and let folks help themselves. A big serving spoon will do the trick and everyone can enjoy it as they like it if you serve some small dishes of toppings like avocado or guacamole and sour cream (greek yogurt?) and even a little fresh, chopped cilantro if you like cilantro. (It’s amazing how many people out there think cilantro tastes like soap! Glad that hasn’t been my experience because I love it so much!!!)

I like to serve southwest chicken and beans over brown rice with a selection of yummy toppings. It’s a really versatile dish and the leftovers (if there are any!) are fabulous the next day.

So bust out that slow cooker this summer and enjoy a home cooked meal without ever heating up your kitchen. It’s the best of both worlds and everyone will be asking for second helpings!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken, just shredded and still sitting in the slow cooker.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken – This easy-to-make dish will cook itself, and is wonderful for filling tacos, burritos or adding to a taco salad!

Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Delicious chicken that pairs well with pasta, rice or just veggies.

2 Ingredients Slow Cooker Taco Chicken – A quick and easy prep that makes plenty of filling for tacos!

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Southwest Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white bowl with a white towel laying behind the bowl.

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe

Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering wholesome meal of shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. This easy chicken dinner is easy to prep and cooks to perfection in your slow cooker!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, SouthWestern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 cups (approximately)
Calories: 244kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans (rinsed and drained, or 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans)
  • 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed and drained, or 1 ⅓ cup home cooked beans)
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice (low sodium is best)
  • 1 lb. frozen and thawed organic corn
  • 12 oz. jar of your favorite salsa (no sugar added)

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker.
    The first layer in this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the chicken, placed in the bottom of the crock.
  • Pour the tomatoes and salsa over that.
    The salsa and diced tomatoes layered over the chicken in the crock.
  • Layer on the beans.
    The beans layered over the sauce in the crock.
  • And finally, the corn.
    The last layer of this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe, the corn, layered over the top of everything in the crock.
  • Cover securely with lid.
    The lid placed on the slow cooker as it starts to cook this Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe.
  • Set to low temp. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until the chicken easily falls apart when the pot is stirred.
    A slow cooker set to it's low setting.
  • When done, shred the chicken simply by stirring everything. If that doesn't do an effective job for you, use either forks, or an electric mixer set to it's lowest speed so as not to crush the beans.
    Shredding the Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken with an electric mixer.
  • Serve on its own, with corn chips, over rice, or even as a burrito filling.
    The finished Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken served in a white crock. A white towel lays to the side of the bowl.

Notes

Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 736mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg

This post from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 4/23/12.

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228 Comments

  1. Emily Leone says:

    I make this often. It is so, so fabulous. We usually eat it over brown rice with some FF sour cream.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Emily – It’s good stuff!

      1. Do we stir it thru the 5-7 hours cooking it? I’m making it now, and not sure if I can or not…lol

        1. graciouspantry says:

          No, don’t lift the lid until the cooking time is up. You can check it at 5 hours. Stir it. If it doesn’t fall apart, cook for another hour, and so on.

  2. Did you serve it over anything or with tortillas? Any sires with it?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Balove – I just ate it as it was. Made a great dinner. But you can add some brown rice if you want.

  3. Looks good but how/with what do you serve it? Just in a cup? Over something? Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Bek – You can eat it by itself, or put if over rice, pasta, add extra broth for soup, anything really.

  4. Sounds delish….I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      KD – I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Martisullan says:

    worst food spillage? I exploded my turkey on Thanksgiving Day! AMazingly loud! I must have always used the metal pan before to roast the turkey but this year when I added a bit of water to the roasting turkey, it truly exploded because it was a glass pan. WOW! Made for a good story later but I don’t remember now what I fed everyone. I was around 45 years old & had been cooking forever so you would think I would have known better.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Martisullan – Oh goodness!!! That sounds awful!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Shannonc – My pleasure, and congrats!!!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Deb – I don’t believe so, no.

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Hmorgan – No, you want the chicken to be whole, not cut up. That’s how you know it’s really done, when it falls apart. You could add some other veggie like zucchini if you wanted.

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Lizakemp – You’ll have to read the label to be sure, but I believe the Pace, chunky, medium heat is clean.

    1. Do you also have the 505 brand in your stores. They sell it at wal-mart. It’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t have those mystery “spices”.

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Jen4 – Never heard of it! I’ll have to look, thanks!

        1. It’s a colorado based company and I’m in Colorado, so it may only be sold here. But, it’s good stuff!

    2. just got back from the store and the pace has mystery flavorings in it… but the herdez salsa (http://www.herdeztraditions.com/) is clean as clean gets without being organic. 5 ingredients (at least on the mild one) all of which i could find easily in my kitchen and tasty too! Plus I’ve seen this salsa here in NC, TX and back home in AZ and at a variety of grocery stores!

      1. my medium Pace is clean. no mystery ingredients

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Balove – I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Sounds great! Can the chicken be frozen when I put it in the crock pot?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jamie – No. You should never use frozen food in a slow cooker for food safety reasons.

  12. sooooo good! made this tonight and sprinkled it with a little cilantro, cheese and avocado. Even my 3 yr. old ate it up. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Lynda – I’m happy you enjoyed it!

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Cally – That’s wonderful! Thank you so much!

  14. buggin2stamp says:

    I made this yesterday for dinner with a few slight changes. Wow, it was amazing. My boyfriend loved it too. I made some brown rice to put it over. YUM!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      buggin – Glad you both enjoyed it!

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Littleluwho – The reason you aren’t supposed to use frozen food in a slow cooker is that it slows the amount of time it takes for the cooker to reach the proper temperature. This leaves a large window of time for bacteria to grow on your food.

    But glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  16. Both my wife and I thought is was very good. Will recommend it on my website using your guidelines. Thanks and keep the easy to make recipes coming.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jgelder – Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  17. graciouspantry says:

    You could try it on the stove, but I the chicken won’t shred the same. You’ll have to stand there with two forks and shred it all. It doesn’t get as tender on the stove.

    1. Heather Johnson says:

      put this in a stock pot in the oven covered at 350 for 3 or more hours. this is how I convert all my crock pot recipes and the chicken will still be moist and fall apart.

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Awesome! Thanks!

  18. graciouspantry says:

    Oh no!!! That’s sound awful!!!!

  19. Is there anyway to make this without salsa? I’m not a fan of it but this dish sounds delish.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Not sure it would be the same dish if you did that. Have you tried my slow cooker spinach and chicken?

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  21. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! Sounds yummy!

  22. Loved this recipe, over rice with a sprinkle of cheese! Thanks 🙂

  23. Kelle Milliken says:

    I was thinking Rotel would be a good option too since I am not a fan of tomatoes…..

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’ve never used Rotel, so I can’t say. But it’s worth a shot!

  24. Melissa Foley says:

    I have this cooking right now, I can’t to try it tonight!

  25. Crystal Q says:

    I’m making it for dinner tonight! Excited to try it 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy it!

  26. I just made this and didnt realize i used garlic and oregano tomato ! hoe it comes out ok

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m sure it will be fine.

  27. Frozen or unfrozen chicken????

  28. graciouspantry says:

    Never 3 hours with meat. At least 4.

  29. Found this via Pinterest and just wanted to say it was very tasty. We ate it with warm tortillas. Super easy and flavorful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it. :0)

  30. Tried this for the first time tonight. I love all the ingredients, so worth a try. I even got a thumbs up from the husband!!!!! It was so easy! The longest part was opening the cans! Dinner was ready when we go home from work. Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  31. graciouspantry says:

    It might be a little dry…

  32. This will definitely be a repeat recipe for us! We just added cumin and chili powder, and cooked with a little bit of chicken stock. We took the cooked chicken out and shred it in the Kitchen Aid (shreds cooked chicken quickly and perfectly!), then added it back in the crockpot. Put it over cornbread and topped with some cheese… delish!

  33. Rachymo607 says:

    Made this tonight for the family I babysit for. They lOved it! Thanks for sharing!!

  34. Made this the other day; it was really good! Very simple and only requires a few ingredients, even the kids loved it

  35. KitchenNinja says:

    I’m making it right now and it smells awesome! I used a large can of black beans cause I didn’t have pinto so ill see how it comes out 🙂

  36. DELICIOUS!!! I am not very crafty in the kitchen, so I made this exactly how the recipe said and it is Awesome!

  37. This was so good! My family loved this.

  38. This recipe is AMAZING! Made it last night for the first time and it’s delicious. My house smells SO good 🙂 I’ve shared this recipe with numerous friends who have started clean-eating with me!

  39. I made this last week and my husband really liked it. The taste might vary depending on the salsa you add. I put in a mild organic salsa but you could spice up the flavor with a hotter salsa. Next time I might even add some broiled/diced poblano chili’s.

  40. It’s in the slow cooker now. I can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  41. i made something similar to this last week, using just chicken and salsa. i used some frozen boneless chicken thighs. my crockpot cookbook says it’s ok to put frozen meat in, but put in about 3/4- 1 cup hot water to help minimize the temp difference when the crockpot starts getting hot and the meat is still frozen. i’ve never had a problem putting frozen meat in mine. the salsa chicken cooked for about 6 hours on high. it was delicious. some in my family would like it according to your recipe with the beans, but some wouldn’t, that’s why i did mine just chicken and salsa. and i’m not a salsa fan, either, but this was good. we served it with rice or on tortillas, with some sour cream on top and a bit of shredded cheddar cheese.

  42. I almost always put a cup of strong coffee into the pot and I add oregano and cumin if it is chicken, turkey or pork. Cilantro too if I have some fresh. I love the brightness the cilantro gives it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You cook your chicken in coffee?

  43. I love this and have made several times but I am wondering if this can be frozen after and reheated since I am the only one eating it over here. It is listed as a “freezer meal”in your tags so I guess I am also wondering what that means exactly since that will clarify several of the other recipes. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! Just put it in serving size containers and freeze. Simple! 🙂

  44. Amber Joseph says:

    Tried it! Loved it! Came out somewhat like a soup…put half of it in the freezer for later!

  45. sue hudson says:

    Made this recipe this past week. It is great ! I would recommend it to anyone.

  46. This was delicious! My husband enjoyed it as well. It will become a regular part of my menu planning!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  47. First time to your site and saw this recipe. Made it today, it is delicious and so easy for a work day. It is almost like a chicken chili. I didn’t try, but might add broth next time to make a soup (assume you would add it at the end?). I ate it for lunch with a tiny bit of sour cream and will serve it for dinner with brown rice. Thanks!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, I would add the broth at the end. Glad you enjoyed it!

  48. This is one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes! So simple, delicious and filling!

  49. The “Save Recipe” button is there, but not working

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Just fixed it. Thanks!

  50. I have this in the crockpot now… I can’t hardly wait for dinner tonight! FYI – I added a tiny can of green chiles to the beans when I rinsed them since we like it spicy. Thanks for the EASY recipe!!

  51. Kayla Lanting says:

    I have got to try this! Looks so yummy – and would be perfect to take leftovers to lunch in the Crock Pot lunch warmer I’m hoping to win! 🙂

  52. Found this website a couple weeks ago via pinterest in an attempt to start cooking healthier and help my husband loose weight. I’ve used multiple recipes including this one which was DELICIOUS! He has lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks and is raving about all the dishes…Thanks!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      That’s wonderful! 🙂

  53. hi i just wanted to ask regarding the beans in this recipe
    i have uncooked black beans and pinto beans i would like to use, do i need to cook them first before putting into the slow cooker or just put them in uncooked?
    thanks very much
    Marie

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You will need to cook them first.

  54. Devin MacDonald says:

    This was Delicious! We added some cumin and chili powder to it, served it over brown rice and topped it with some cilantro, greek yogurt and avocado! So Good! Thank you, this saves my family as I just started working full time and the slow cooker is my new best friend!

  55. Absolutely LOVE this recipe. I’ve made it a couple of times. I usually prep my food for the week on Sunday and this is in my rotation. Can’t wait to try another one of your many recipes 🙂

  56. One of the first recipes I tried off your site…results were amazing! I love it and in fact, believe or not, I just finished a bowl of that I reheated while reading you blog.:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  57. Is the 1 1/3 cups beans dry or already cooked? Can you tell me what weight of the dry to use? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Those are pre cooked. I’m not sure how much that is for dry beans, sorry! There may be some conversion charts online that you can google though.

  58. This recipe looks great! I feel like everytime I make chicken in the crock pot, I am disappointed. The chicken just seems so blah and I don’t love the consistency of it. I might need a new crockpot. What size crockpot do you use for this recipe? Do you recommend a brand?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marcy – I have Crock-Pot® brand slow cookers, but I also really like Hamilton Beach. Either one is a good choice depending on your budget. I have 4, 5 and 6 quart pots. I use the 4 quart most often. I believe I used the 5 quart for this recipe though.

  59. I would like to make this recipe but am a novice to home cooked beans. I was planning on soaking them overnight, but then what? Do I need to simmer them an hour before using them in this recipe or can I just toss them in?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tamrah – They definitely need to be cooked first. If you have a slow cooker (which I assume you do), that is the easiest way to cook them. Just put a cup or two of beans in the slow cooker and cover with water. Cook until soft on high. When they are done, drain them and prepare the recipe as shown.

  60. Is it okay that the corn is frozen? (It’s in there cooking as I type!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alycia – It will probably be okay. You generally don’t want to use frozen food in a slow cooker because the food doesn’t get hot enough, fast enough. But if it’s just the corn, you will probably be okay. Just be sure to cook it well.

  61. Can I use fresh salsa

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – You could try it, but I’m not sure how it would hold up in a slow cooker.

  62. I can’t wait to try this! Sounds amazing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melody – I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  63. I read somewhere that there are no canned tomatoes that don’t contain MSG in them. Not even organic ones. So, I’m wondering, instead of diced tomatoes in a can, could I just substitute it with fresh diced tomatoes? If so, would I need to add in any water or anything to make up for the juice that’s in the can?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – If a can contains MSG, it has to list it in the ingredient list. But if you are nervous about it, yes, you could use fresh tomatoes. I wouldn’t worry too much about extra water though unless you feel it’s too dry somehow. You could add water at any time, so I would cook things first and see how it turns out. My guess is that it will still be okay without the water. Just a guess though…

  64. Hi Tiffany, I made this today and it is delicious! I especially love how easy it is, I didn’t even have to chop anything! I used a mild salsa from my local farmer’s market, but will use medium next time for more of a kick. I served it over quinoa topped with avocado, yumm!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Fabulous!! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  65. Can I use frozen chick for this or do I need to thaw the chicken out first?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – I would thaw it first for food safety reasons.

  66. Opps chicken not chick.

  67. This was SO easy and wonderful! I made some brown rice to go with it. What an tasty, healthy dinner! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  68. Made this tonight and the WHOLE fam loved it! Last night I made your Tex Mex Alfredo chicken pasta and we had the same fantastic results!! I’d say you’re 2-2 in my kitchen!! I’m just trying to get used to eating clean and you’re making it so much better!! Thanks a million!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – My pleasure! 😀

  69. Making this at this moment. Already I can tell it’s going to taste good. I didn’t put the whole jar of salsas, just half.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maria – Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  70. All I can say is WOW- I made this last night. First time using a slow cooker and have only REALLY been cooking since July 1st. I like to say I follow a clean-hybrid diet (that’s what I call it). I eat as clean as possible by cooking my own food and using as many fresh ingredients as possible. No store bought or take-out meals for me! This dish was an absolute delight. I used the Market Fresh Salsa (Hot) from Wal Mart which gave it a GREAT kick and is totally clean (or so it seems to this novice). All in all, a 10! So delicious even my fiance who is not a clean eater, couldn’t refuse it! Thank you so very much for making this process so much easier and for sharing recipes that are so simple and delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vanessa – My pleasure! So glad you both enjoyed it! 😀

  71. Love this! We’ve have about once a month now!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brittany – Awesome! 🙂

  72. Stephanie says:

    I made this recipe and really enjoyed it! I added one seeded jalapeno pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. When it was ready I topped it with cilantro and avocado…it was a hit!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – Fantastic! 😀

  73. I have been making THIS recipe for about a year now and it is absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      NC – Wonderful! So glad you enjoy it! 😀

  74. I wasn’t looking for clean eating recipes, I just found this on my Ziplist recipes I get emailed to me, and thought it sounded good. It was delicious!! So easy to make, and easy ingredients. I will be making this on a regular basis from now on. So I guess I’ll be eating a more healthy diet by accident!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Suelin – Nothing wrong with that!! It’s not really about eating more healthy, it’s about eating real food. Which is by default, more healthy. 😉

  75. meghan fail says:

    I have been eating this all week for lunch. Yummo! I shared the recipe on Facebook too!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Meghan – I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  76. I plan to make this just for myself and was thinking to half the recipe. How long would i cook it for?

  77. Quick question. I have a delicious taco chili recipe and I am trying to make it clean. The only thing I can’t figure out are the Mexican stewed tomatoes. Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bekah – I’ve never heard of them. What’s in them?

  78. Gracious Pantry – They are just stewed tomatoes with Mexican seasonings I guess. They come in a can at the store. I am relatively new to clean eating so I don’t know if regular canned stewed tomatoes are clean or not. But the Mexican seasonings typically include jalapeno, onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, things like that. It just adds spice to the dish.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bekah – If that is truly all that is in there, then it should be fine. The big problem I run into a lot is finding tomato products without citric acid. There is some evidence to suggest that it’s not just vitamin c these days. It’s something very processed that they call citric acid. I’m still researching this. But from what you say there, it sounds good!

  79. Lindsey @ DishingUpHope says:

    This was great! My hubs loved this recipe and it was super easy to make! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lindsey – My pleasure! Glad you both enjoyed it! 🙂

  80. I apologize of this has been asked before, but is it possible to sub the can of diced tomatoes for a pound or so of freshly diced tomatoes?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carolina – You could, but you may want to add a 1/2 cup or so of broth to make up for the missing juice. You could play that by ear though. Depends on how juicy the tomatoes are too.

  81. Delicious! I just ate it as a soup. Put 1/2 of it in the freezer so I can still enjoy it at a later time!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cristi – Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  82. Made this today and my family loved it.. Super easy.. we had it with rice, avocado and green salad.. Will def be a regular dish in our home.. THANK YOU!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – My pleasure! 🙂

  83. Can I add 2 more chicken breasts to the recipe? Will that mess up the time?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – That depends largely on the size of your slow cooker. For the most part, it should be fine so long as your chicken isn’t frozen. But a quick stir test will tell you. If it’s done, the chicken will easily shred. If it gives you resistance, it’s not done yet.

  84. Nope, not frozen – I read all other messages and know not to do that! 🙂 Thanks for the response. I’ll post results later today so others know…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Great!

  85. Nettie Moore says:

    Looks wonderful! this is on the menu for this week! Nettie

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nettie – Great! Let me know how you like it!

  86. This recipe looks great! I am planning on making it tomorrow!
    Do you put the juice that comes with the tomatoes in too?
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – I did, yes. Enjoy!

  87. In the crock pot now. My house smells awesome!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janice – Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  88. I make this all the time…only I use Rotel tomatoes with green chilies and I add Taco seasoning.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katie – Sound yummy!

  89. I cut the recipe in half and cooked in the oven at 250 for a couple hours. Amazingly easy, good and good for you. This will be lunches for the upcoming week, but I couldn’t help sneaking a serving with some tortilla chips as a Sunday afternoon snack! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Greta – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  90. Making this tonight in my crockpot. Should I use the high or low setting? Looking forward to it. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynne – It’s in step 2. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. I hope you enjoy it!

  91. Can I cook on high if I don’t have 5 hrs?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trish’s – Sure. I think it should be done in about 2-3 hours on high. But double check with a thermometer to be sure the chicken is fully cooked.

  92. Missed it, thanks! Smells good already!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynne – Wonderful! Enjoy! 😀

  93. What seasonings do you add to this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shelly – I just used the salsa.

  94. Hi! Just have to tell what an awesome recipe this is! I found it on Pinterest a couple months ago and since then I have used it 6 times! It’s great even for church potlucks, book club, etc. A big hit with my picky husband too! I use a 4 qt crockpot and usually add a can of chili beans with sauce and a can of kidney beans as well and it all fits and tastes great! Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Samantha – That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for the feedback! I love this recipe as well. Great for just about any occasion! 🙂

  95. Esther Renée says:

    I made this using fresh organic pico de gallo salsa from Fresh Direct, and OH EMGEE was it amazing. Going to make this tomorrow and serve it over brown rice. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Esther – My pleasure! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  96. It’s interesting to see and quite a compliment to you Tiffany that this recipe was posted two years ago and you are still receiving wonderful feedback. This recipe is what got me hooked on your site and I am making it right now as I type. I cook enough for the week as I am on my own and out of the house from 5am until 6pm, 6 days a week and it takes just a quick re-heat for a fast and wonderful dinner. This recipe is very versatile in that you can add whatever spices you fancy (hot peppers), it refrigerates well, takes minimal effort and is cheap to make.
    I’m not sure how you keep up with it but please continue the great work so we can have a resource for eating better.
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mike – Thank you very much! I’m so happy you like it! It’s definitely one of my most popular recipes. I may have to make it again myself here pretty soon! 😀

  97. Tiffany, we had this for dinner last night and all I can is amazing. I was hoping to have enough for leftovers this week but it was such a hit, it didn’t last. We are trying the chicken and dumplings tonight! Awesome recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marisa – Thanks so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  98. Thanks for the recipe! We loved half of it and froze the other half to love next week. How do you reccomend reheating?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jackie – Awesome!! 😀 I would thaw it in the fridge (could take up to 2 days if you froze it in a big chunk) and then just warm it in a pot on the stove top. So glad you liked it!

  99. Hello, I’m so excited to try this! I just have 2 questions.

    1. Any salsa brand suggestions??
    2. How do you think rotel would work out instead of tomatoes?

    Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tracey – I’ve never used Rotel, so I don’t know if it’s clean. You would have to read the ingredients. And whatever salsa you enjoy most will work great. I use the Salsa Authentica from Trader Joe’s.

  100. Hi, we are trying this recipe soon was just wondering if you serve it with anything?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Noelle – I served it with a green salad and some dinner rolls. But it’s pretty versatile!

  101. That sounds absolutely delicious! Just an FYI, if you are trying to avoid GMO’s, organic doesn’t mean it is non-GMO. Organic is without the use of pesticides and such.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alycia – I’m aware that a GMO seed can be grown “organically”. But last time I looked into this, the pesticides they “insert” in the seeds fall under the list of pesticides that must be avoided to be labeled organic. I’m sure these seed companies are working hard to change that though, so it could very well have changed while I wasn’t looking.

  102. WOW! This was delicious! I just got a Crock Pot for Christmas and your recipe was the first one I tried tonight! Such an easy and delicious meal…I loved that you could literally throw the ingredients in and put the lid on! Wonderful leftovers for the week! Will be following other recipes of yours!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nikki – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  103. oh i am going to try this , thanks so much for replying so fast to me when the link i first got i could not open . I love your site . Good job ! Will be returning soon to look at more ! Have a blessed day .

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brenda – Great! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  104. Any idea how many calories are in a serving?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – Sorry, I can no longer offer nutrition data. However, MyFitnessPal.com has a fabulous calculator that imports the entire recipe with just the URL. Works great!

  105. Hi all,

    I was incredibly disappointed with this recipe. After reading the rave reviews I can’t help but ask if I did something wrong. Mine was so incredibly bland we put tons of cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and it was still bland. Ended up needed to dump hot sauce all over it so that it was edible. I think where we went wrong was the type of salsa I selected (trader joes fire roasted salsa) did any of you choose a spicier salsa?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Molly – Something definitely went wrong there. Not sure what it is though. I used a medium salsa on this, but I don’t think that would make the difference. Did you substitute anything else at all?

  106. I have found multiple great recipes on your site but this is by far the household favorite. Even my super picky 5 year old loves this one! I either serve it straight up or over brown rice and they love it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you all enjoy it! It’s a definitely favorite around here too. 🙂

  107. I’m not a great cook and so far every recipe has gone wrong but this turned out amazing! The only thing I changed was I only put half a jar of salsa and a can of rotel instead of tomatoes and it was perfect. I put it on top of lettuce, use it as a dip and put it on top of rice. So good!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole Z – That’s wonderful!!! 😀

  108. Do you know if I can double the recipe? I want to make this for 8 people, and am afraid that even served over rice, it won’t be enough? (plus I’ve made it before and certainly wouldn’t mind having left-overs!!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Definitely! As long as your slow cooker is big enough to handle it. 🙂

  109. This recipe is my go to and so delicious! I was wondering what the calorie count and nutrition facts were? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Desiree – I’m not sure. But if you use MyFitnessPal.com, they have a really easy calculator to use and it’s all free.

  110. I added a pinch of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper and coriander to the chicken. I also added sliced green and red bell peppers during the last hour so they would hold their texture. Served it on a corn tortilla with light sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lime…so delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Great!! I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  111. Jennifer Neu says:

    Hi this is delicious! I was wondering if you have an approximate calorie count per serving on this meal though. It could become a new staple in my household!! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – I’m sorry, I no longer offer that information because I couldn’t get accurate numbers, which became a liability. That being said, there are lots of recipe calculators online. The easiest one to use that I’ve found so far is MyFitnessPal.com. It imports the recipe for you with the recipe url.

  112. Christine says:

    How many weight watcher points is this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christine – They changed how points are figured, so I no longer know. Sorry. But you can plug the recipe into a nutrition calculator online. MyFitnessPal.com makes it super easy to import recipes.

  113. Great recipe Made It Love it, Healthy Meal. Family really enjoys it, Quick Easy Meal

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tarra – Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  114. Hi! We’ve made this many times in the crock pot. We loooove it. I just got a pressure cooker for Christmas. Can this recipe be made in a pressure cooker?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – I just got one myself for Christmas! I don’t know, but I would assume so. If you got the Instant Pot, it has a slow cooker setting too. But if it’s a regular pressure cooker, I’m not really sure. I would imagine you could, I just have no idea how it would be done. I still have to pull mine out of the box! Sorry I couldn’t be more help…

      1. Have you tried this in your InstaPot yet? Love to hear how it turned out

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Leslie – No, I haven’t had a chance to. But I might once the weather gets cool enough to enjoy this one! When I do, I’ll update the recipe with the IP instructions. 🙂

  115. Anyone know how many calories in a serving

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – You would have to enter the recipe into a recipe calculator. My Fitness Pal makes it super easy.

  116. Beetlegrl says:

    This was delicious! Would you have any caloric/nutritional information for this recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Beetlegrl – Glad you enjoyed it! Sorry, no, I don’t offer that information. But there are lots of free recipe nutrition calculators online. I often use MyFitnessPal.com.

  117. I have always used frozen chicken breasts for my crockpot meals. Was wondering if this would work. I go to work and leave it for 8 hours. It has always been cooked. I don’t think my physician husband would let me cook like this if he thought it would be harmful. Now eating raw cookie dough he gets on me!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – It’s a risk you take every time you do it, but it’s up to you. If 8 hours doesn’t usually dry out your chicken, then it must work okay in your crock. Maybe try it on the weekend the first time so you can keep an eye on it. Personally, I’ve never cooked it that long. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work in some slow cookers.

  118. Bethany M says:

    Maybe a dumb question… is 8 oz chicken the size of each chicken breast or the amount of chicken you used total? I’m worried i put too little or too much. I did 1.5-2 pounds of chicken total.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bethany – Each breast should be approximately 8 oz. 🙂

  119. How many servings is this recipe

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katie – Approximately 10.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cait – Yep!! But I wouldn’t freeze for more than 4 months.

  120. Leigh-Ellen says:

    Is the serving size one cup?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh-Ellen – Approximately, yes.

  121. Nicolette says:

    Can you cook this on a higher heat to speed up the time?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicolette – I believe so. There are time conversion charts online if you google them. Pretty sure it would work here. The main thing is to be sure the chicken is fully cooked.

  122. 5 stars
    My family LOVES this dish. I have been making it since the original recipe first came out. We like it when I substitute Rotel tomatoes with chilis. It gives it an extra zing! Great recipe! Thanks so much!

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