Salsa Verde Chicken

This five-ingredient salsa verde chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! It's made with jarred salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice. In this blog post, I'll show you how to set it and forget it until it's done!

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! With just five simple ingredients of salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice, it's ready in a matter of hours and will take the stress out of dinnertime on a busy evening. 
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Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

When you need a quick weeknight meal, this salsa verde chicken comes to the rescue. All you have to do is dump the ingredients everything into the bottom of your slow cooker and dinner is ready without even tending to it. 

It's taken me a while to get into slow cooker meals. Now that I have three kids, easy meals are essential for me to have in my back pocket for hectic weeknights or evenings when I just don't feel like cooking (which happens more than you'd think for a food blogger). 

If you love slow cooker meals, you already know that they make dinner time so much more simple because you can just pour everything in and cook it the morning of. 

Likewise, although nights are busy, I've found that it's even better for me to pour everything in the slow cooker the night before. Then, leave the slow cooker pan in the fridge and take it out the next morning and set it to cook all day.

Crockpot salsa verde chicken makes the most flavorful and tender chicken. You can eat this shredded chicken on flour or corn tortillas, over your favorite kind of rice, or even on corn chips with cheese as tasty chicken nachos.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! With just five simple ingredients of salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice, it's ready in a matter of hours and will take the stress out of dinnertime on a busy evening. 

Why You'll Love this Recipe

You are going to adore this Salsa Verde Chicken recipe!

  • This easy salsa verde chicken recipe only has five ingredients. Nothing difficult and easy to throw into the crockpot in just minutes.
  • Crock pot salsa verde chicken is a set-and-forget recipe. After adding the ingredients into the slow cooker, turn it on and leave it until it's done. You can run errands or go about your day as usual!
  • This saucy chicken is great to make for meal prep. It's packed full of protein and can be used in a wide variety of different ways.

This five ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! It's made with jarred salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice and it's ready in a matter without even thinking about it. 

What is Salsa Verde?

Salsa verde is a Mexican green salsa, literally meaning "green sauce" usually made from tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, lime and cilantro. There are varying spice levels of salsa verde, just like red salsa.

Ingredients

Grab these five simple ingredients at the grocery store to make the easiest salsa verde chicken recipe ever:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • jar of salsa verde ( make your own tomatillo salsa)
  • diced orange bell peppers
  • diced green bell pepper
  • diced onion

Substitutions and Variations

Mix things up with one of these variations:

Replace the chicken breasts with boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat.

You can use either a white onion or yellow onion to make salsa verde chicken. I do not recommend using a red onion since the flavor is really powerful.

A jar of store-bought salsa verde is all you need to make this recipe. I'm all for homemade sauces so feel free to make your own salsa verde if you have a recipe you love!

Use any combination of bell peppers that you want! With this in mind, red bell peppers and yellow bell peppers have a different flavor profile than orange and green. However, any of them would be super tasty with this dish.

Salsa verde adds plenty of flavor to the chicken on it's own, but feel free to add spices and seasonings. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder would all pair well with the flavors in this dish.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! With just five simple ingredients of salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice, it's ready in a matter of hours and will take the stress out of dinnertime on a busy evening. 

How to Make Salsa Verde Chicken

Here's how to make this Salsa Verde Chicken recipe:

  1. Clean chicken breasts and then place each one in the bottom of the slow cooker that is lined or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Top with salsa verde, bell peppers and onions. Cook on low heat for 3 hours until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165° Fahrenheit with your meat thermometer.
  3. Cook rice in an instant pot or according to instruction on the package to make a taco bowl, or prepare tortillas to make chicken tacos.
  4. Remove chicken from the crock pot and use two forks to shred it.
  5. Then serve the shredded chicken with desired toppings and enjoy!
  6. This recipe cooks chicken breasts covered in salsa verde, bell peppers and onions in a slow cooker for about 3 hours on high. 

Toppings for Salsa Verde Chicken

Top your salsa verde chicken with extra salsa verde, sour cream, fresh cilantro, shredded cheese and so much more.

For a little kick, add some sliced jalapeños, hot sauce, or pico de gallo. Some canned green chilies would be tasty too!

Give a little cheesy touch to this dish by adding some shredded cheddar, Colby jack, or Monterrey jack cheese to the top of each serving.

Add more protein by serving this dish with a big scoop of black beans or pinto beans over the top. Or add a little zing with a squeeze of fresh lime juice over your salsa verde chicken.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! With just five simple ingredients of salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice, it's ready in a matter of hours and will take the stress out of dinnertime on a busy evening. 

What to Serve with Salsa Verde Chicken

This chicken is very versatile! You can eat it over rice, cauliflower rice, cilantro lime rice, in a lettuce wrap, over salad to make taco salad, or in tortillas for tacos.

Whichever way you choose to serve this salsa chicken, pair it with a side of traditional mexican rice. This slow cooker bacon jalapeño creamed corn would also be tasty.

In addition, you can also simply pair veggies like roasted broccoli and grilled squash with your chicken.

Round out your meal with a sweet treat of mixed berry cobbler or a lemon cupcake with lemon buttercream.

How to Store Leftover Salsa Verde Chicken

Place leftover chicken into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat, place in the microwave or on the stove top until heated to a safe internal temperature. Additionally, you can add extra salsa verde to leftovers to keep them moist.

This tasty chicken dish also freezes well! Store airtight containers filled with salsa verde chicken in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Hot Tip: Store in separate single servings if you are using this recipe for meal prep and then you can thaw and reheat single servings one at a time.

This five ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! It's made with jarred salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice and it's ready in a matter without even thinking about it. 

Tips for Success

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • You can easily shred cooked chicken by place in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Then cover the outside of the bowl with a splash guard or dish towels and then turn the mixer on low-medium speed to shred the chicken. After that, you can then return it to the crock pot and mix it with all the veggies and salsa.
  • Make sure each of the chicken breasts you are using are an even thickness. You wouldn't want one chicken breast to be done and another to be undercooked!
  • Place chicken breast in a single layer on the bottom of your crock pot liner. This will ensure they cook evenly.

FAQ

Can you double this recipe?

Absolutely. This simple meal is perfect for doubling for a potluck or making and freezing half for later! Meal prep is made easy with it.

Is Salsa Verde Chicken spicy?

There are a bunch of variations of salsa verde varieties, so you can choose one that fits your family's tolerance of spiciness. If you have kids, stick with a mild version - then the adults can add some green chiles on top to make your servings spicier! You could also add these in when cooking if you want to have a spicier salsa verde chicken. 

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This five ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! It's made with jarred salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice and it's ready in a matter without even thinking about it.?

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

This five ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy weeknight slow cooker meal the whole family will love! It's made with jarred salsa verde, chicken, bell peppers, onions and rice and it's ready in a matter without even thinking about it.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

Salsa Verde Chicken (Slow Cooker)

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces salsa verde ~half a jar
  • ½ cup of diced orange bell pepper
  • ½ cup of diced green bell pepper
  • 1 onion diced

To Serve

  • 1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
  • shredded Mexican cheese optional

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker, lined with a cooking liner or sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Top with salsa verde, bell peppers and onions.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours.
  • Cook until chicken has an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C).
  • Cook rice according to package instructions.
  • Serve shredded chicken over rice, using a ladle to pour extra sauce and vegetables over rice.
  • Top with shredded cheese, if desired.

Notes

For more firm vegetables, reserve them and add to the pot in the last 30 minutes.
For a spicier dish, add in jalapeños or green chiles or use a hot version of salsa verde.
Serve over rice, chips or a big pile of sautéed veggies.
Nutrition information is for chicken only — does not include rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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66 Comments

  1. This Salsa Verde Chicken recipe saved me on busy nights. It's simple, delicious, and the family loves it with rice and cheese!

  2. Anything in the slow cooker is a win to me! This salsa chicken is a weeknight saver though, so delicious and so few ingredients!

  3. This salsa Verde chicken in slow cooker was delicious and super easy to make. My husband really enjoyed it too, I'll make it again.

  4. Made this salsa verde chicken recently for dinner, and it was a total hit. It was so delicious and easy to make. My mom was already asking for the recipe!

  5. We made a whole bunch of salsa verde with goodies grown in our garden this summer. I came across this recipe and love it! The chicken really soaks up the salsa flavor.

  6. This Salsa Verde Chicken recipe is so simple and flavorful--the perfect quick and easy family dinner recipe! I found this recipe ages ago and have since used it countless times. It's so simple to change up, too, based on what you have in your pantry! We love it in tortillas with a little sour cream!

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  8. Oh Madison, Mexican food (both Tex Mex and the real deal) is one of the things I miss the MOST about Texas. I almost cried the other day when Jared and I found an authentic Mexican food restaurant in-town! This sounds like a great meal to add to my repetoire, especially since salsa verde is one of my favorite things!

    1. I know that feeling! I've just learned not to compare the two types of Mexican (real and NOT real haha) and just accept them individually! You'd love this meal I think!

  9. Oh, this sounds so good. Definitely keeping this one around. I literally think I could eat Mexican food every day. I NEVER tire of tacos! And I once picked up a friend at the airport with tacos in hand. It was a great surprise for her. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jess! I hope you'll try it sometime. I like anyone who likes tacos so we can definitely be friends 🙂

  10. I've done a crock pot chicken dish in which you just throw in a whole chicken plus a jar of salsa, but this sounds like a great twist on it. Will have to try - I always forget about the crock pot in the summer because most of the recipes I do in it are more savory/hearty type things for winter, but obviously it's a great tool to have on hot summer days in the kitchen!

    1. I have always wanted to cook an entire chicken in the crock pot but I don't think it would fit in ours! Do you have an extra large crock pot? Haha

      1. No, actually I have a smaller than normal one! Sometimes I really have to cram the thing in, but mostly I just try to buy the smallest sized whole chicken I can find (which works fine anyway because there's only 2 of us to eat it!).

  11. YUM! Oh goodness gracious, I'm seriously in need of a green chile fix now. I think this is going to be my solution. 🙂

    1. That's awesome! I'm sure they don't have a lot of salsa verde in Rome, so it's good you're back in the States so you can enjoy this meal! 🙂

  12. Oh yes, I'm right with you on the cuisines I can make all the time. Mexican and Italian are my favorites! This dish looks great too!

  13. Oh yes, I'm right with you on the cuisines I can make all the time. Mexican and Italian are my favorites! This dish looks great too!

  14. Yum!! I'm not a big spicy eater, but I love anything with salsa and has the mexican flavor 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! xo, gina

  15. Well, I knew I liked you too! 😉 Food soul mates! Cheese dip is the best!! Now I'm wanting Mexican for lunch 🙂

  16. SO SIMPLE. I love it. Now I'm wishing I had thrown this in the crock pot before heading to work this morning. Sigh. Pinning it for later 🙂

    1. DANG that totally reminds me I did not plan anything for dinner. Womp, womp. You'll have to make this sometime real soon though cause it's so good!

  17. This looks SO delicious! I am with you Madison...that I could eat Mexican food like everyday and not grow tired of it....I just LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing a simple recipe that sounds more complicated than it is!
    🙂

  18. This looks SO delicious! I am with you Madison...that I could eat Mexican food like everyday and not grow tired of it....I just LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing a simple recipe that sounds more complicated than it is!
    🙂

    1. Don't you love those recipes? Doesn't have to be fancy to be delicious! Let me know if you try this! 🙂

  19. I could eat Italian and Mexican food for the rest of my life and be completely satisfied! haha This looks amazing. I love simple crockpot meals and this one looks right up my ally. Pinning it and putting it on the meal plan for the next week!

    1. This is why we are friends 😉 Whenever we do get together, we'll definitely be getting Mexican or Italian for lunch 😉

  20. This looks wonderful! I love Mexican food so much. Husband...not a big fan...but if it comes with white rice he will devour it! And I love that this is a slow cooker recipe! I've been trying to actually use the Crockpot I was so thrilled to get for our wedding and still haven't touched!

    1. My husband loves rice, too!! We didn't get a Crockpot for our wedding, but after about a month, I bought one cause I knew we needed it! When you do start using it, get the crock pot bags, they're lifesavers!!

    1. I swear this salsa verde sauce had green chile in it, because when we walked in after it had been cooking for a while, the whole house smelled like green chile! One of my other favorite parts of using a crock pot 🙂

  21. This looks delicious! I love salsa verde, and the slow cooker is pretty much my best friend! It makes it so easy to get dinner on the table without tons of time or a huge mess.

    1. So so true! I'm notoriously bad at using a lot of dishes, so I think my husband enjoys his cleanup duty a lot more when I use the crock pot 😉

      1. I pinned this forever ago and finally tried it last night. It was sooo easy and delicious! I made extra to take to a couple of friends who just had babies, and it was a great recipe for packing up and taking to others too!

  22. I knew I liked you--italian and Mexican are my favorites, too. Especially Mexican. Cheese dip, salsa, beans...yum. This seems as easy as can be and yet SO delish! I can't wait to make it. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

    1. Well, I knew I liked you too! 😉 Food soul mates! Cheese dip is the best!! Now I'm wanting Mexican for lunch 🙂

  23. I LOVE mexican, it is my go to for a quick dinner and here is another recipe I can add to my list! So good, salsa verde is a favorite in our house also!

  24. This looks sooo good! I cook WAY too much "mexican" around these parts, but it's always so easy and tastes SO good!

    1. It is so easy! I could live on tortillas I'm pretty sure. I had this meal like four times in a row and it was amazing each time!