5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

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We absolutely love five-ingredient recipes, especially when they’re made in the Crock Pot! This Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde really has it all: tender, shredded chicken swimming in a mildly spicy salsa verde sauce. And, since you cook the chicken alongside navy or great northern beans, you create a complete meal! No need to whip up any rice or quinoa on the side; this chicken dish is perfectly filling and satisfying on its own.

That being said, you can absolutely turn our Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde into a few different meals. It’s fantastic when served as-is as a soup, but you can also remove the chicken and beans from the sauce using a slotted spoon. Then, use the filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or power bowls. The possibilities are endless!

Don’t be Afraid of Leftover Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

Here at SkinnyMs, we’re big fans of leftovers. Making extra food and utilizing the leftovers is a fantastic way to meal prep. (Wondering how to meal prep for your weight loss plan? Read this guide!)

When you have leftover chicken on hand, you have access to a lean protein that’s both filling for your belly and satisfying to your taste buds. This recipe transforms a pound of raw chicken into about six cups of shredded, ready-to-eat chicken. You can store the cooked chicken in the refrigerator for up to five days, or freeze it in air-tight containers or bags for up to six months. Then, reheat your leftovers on the stovetop or the microwave.

If you don’t know what to do with leftover beans, feel free to leave them out of the slow cooker when you make this Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde. The chicken will still taste as delicious, but it won’t be as filling without the plant-based protein and fiber that the beans bring to the table. For that reason, we’d definitely recommend cooking the recipe as-is, but you could also serve the shredded chicken over quinoa or brown rice to fill in the nutritional blanks.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

Add some spice to your day with this shredded chicken cooked with a chili verde sauce. Eat it as a soup or drain for delicious tacos!
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 340kcal


  • 1 pound chicken breast boneless and skinless
  • 24 ounces jarred no-sugar added salsa verde
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 15 ounces canned great northern or navy beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  • Add all ingredients except for fresh cilantro to a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours or until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken breast from the slow cooker and shred. Return the shredded chicken to the cooker. Ladle into bowls and top with fresh cilantro.


Optional: For extra flavor, top your chicken chili verde with fat-free sour cream, diced onions, diced tomato, shredded fat-free cheddar cheese, or sliced jalapeno!


Serving: 16oz | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1377mg | Potassium: 1189mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
SmartPoints (Freestyle): Two

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2 Comments on "5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde"

  1. Neika  July 17, 2020

    Can I use chicken thighs

    • Nichole Furlong ┬áJuly 17, 2020

      yes, you may use chicken thighs. Just keep in mind this will change the nutritional information.


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