With just a few simple ingredients you can make this easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe.  This delicious chicken is frugal and budget friendly while sure to impress your family.

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Salsa Verde Chicken Crock Pot Recipe:

If you enjoyed our Salsa Verde Baked Chicken, you are going to love this Salsa Verde Chicken Crockpot version. The crockpot does all the work and your family can come home to an amazing dinner ready to enjoy.

You only need a few simple ingredients and this Crock Pot Salsa Verde comes together easily for the most amazing meal. Your family will love this!

This meal is healthy and delicious while being so easy. It is sure to be a hit.

No complicated ingredients or time consuming recipes here. We are all for keeping it simple. Enjoy over rice, on tortillas or enjoy all on its own for an amazing meal.

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What is Salsa Verde?

Salsa Verde mean green salsa. The main ingredient in salsa verde is tomatillos where red salsa is made with tomatoes. We love to change the salsa when cooking chicken.

If you prefer you can make your own Homemade Salsa Verde. It is easy to make with easy ingredients.

Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe:

If you are looking for an easy slow cooker chicken recipe then this is the one. This chicken can be shredded and used in many different recipes. The ingredients are easy and the crock pot does all the work.

The ingredients chicken thighs, basic pantry seasoning and jarred salsa verde that you can get at the grocery store. Toss everything in the crock pot. You come home to dinner done. Serve over rice, fill your favorite taco shells, or use it in enchiladas.

I love this recipe as it is a healthy meal that my family will eat. No need to make another meal for your family. Trust me, they will be asking for seconds.

Healthy & Low Carb Meal:

I am always looking for meals that are healthy and low carb that my family will eat. This is always in our monthly rotation.

If you are eating low carb, just skip the rice and you have a really simple but delicious meal you can enjoy as well. It is so nice having recipes that are easy to make work for the entire family.

We also like making Cauliflower Rice to substitute for regular rice. It is easy to make and a great alternative when you are craving rice. 

However you decide to enjoy this easy Salsa Verde Chicken, it is a meal sure to be a hit with the entire family. We don’t have time to make a bunch of different meals to suit everyone and this can easily work with low carb or not.

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Ingredients for Salsa Verde Chicken Crock Pot:

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Jalapeno – sliced thinly
  • Salsa Verde
  • Lime – juiced

It is so easy and you only need a handful of ingredients!

How do you make Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe?

  • Add Chicken – Place Chicken in the Crock Pot.
Close up image of uncooked chicken in a crock pot.
  • Top chicken with seasoning – Add all that delicious seasoning.
Close up image of uncooked chicken in the crock pot topped with slice jalapenos.
  • Add Jalapenos – Add slice jalapeños on top of the chicken and seasoning.
close up image of uncooked chicken in the crock pot topped with salsa verde and sliced jalapenos.
  • Pour Salsa Verde – Pour the salsa over the chicken.
  • Cook – Cook chicken on low for 6 hours. You can also cook 3 hours on high.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Once chicken is done, remove chicken from crock pot. Place chicken on a cutting board and shred. Then serve over rice or in tortillas.

Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can make Salsa Verde Chicken in the Instant Pot. Use the same ingredients and place in the Instant Pot. It takes 15 minutes on high pressure to cook this easy meal.

A Family Favorite Meal:

It is great for everyone and one of my favorite recipes to fix for the family. The kids gobble it up and ask for me to make it all the time.

No complicated ingredients or time consuming recipes here. We are all for keeping it simple. Enjoy over rice, on tortillas or enjoy all on its own for an amazing meal.

The jalapenos give just enough heat to make this recipe amazing but not so hot that the kids can’t enjoy. It is perfect for everyone.

Shredding the Chicken:

You will know when the chicken is done when it can easily be shredded. You can also use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. The meat thermometer should read 165 degrees once the chicken is done.

If you take the chicken out it should easily be able to shred with a fork. You might need to cook it for another 30 minutes if it doesn’t.

We like to use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to shred the chicken. It saves so much time and it so easy to do.

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What to serve with Salsa Verde Chicken?

This salsa verde chicken is the perfect chicken to make for many different recipes.

  • Serve over Rice – Make a burrito bowl by shredding the chicken and serving over rice and all of your favorite toppings.
  • Make Tacos – Shred the chicken and serve with corn tortillas or flour tortillas for Taco Tuesday.
  • Salads – I like eating low carb, so this chicken is perfect a great low carb meal. Serve over a bed of lettuce and top with avocado and cheese.
  • Quesadilla – Shred the chicken and top a tortilla cheese and chicken for an amazing lunch idea.

You can enjoy it several different ways which makes it perfect to enjoy as leftovers. I love to cook once and eat twice. Such a time saver!

Everyone will think they are eating something different when really it all started with the same salsa verde chicken.

Meal Prep Idea:

If you love meal prepping as much as we do, then this is our go-to protein. We get individual containers and fill each one of them with rice, chicken, and vegetables.

This meal keeps me on track and I don’t hit the drive-thru when I am out. It saves time and money.

Salsa Verde Chicken Topping Ideas:

  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Crushed Tortillas
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Can I use Frozen Chicken?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken. We use frozen chicken the majority of the time when we are making recipes in the crock pot. It is very easy to do. The chicken cooks perfect every time.

Variation Ideas:

  • Use Different Chicken – We used chicken thigs, but you can use chicken breast or chicken tenderloins.
  • Change the Salsa – If you prefer you can use tomato based salsa instead of salsa verde.
  • Add in Ingredients – We like to add in corn and black beans to the chicken.
  • Change the Seasoning – Use taco seasoning instead of cumin for a tex mex flavoring. You can also add in onions and garlic powder.
  • Add Cream Cheese – For a creamier texture add in some cream cheese.
  • Change the Meat – We love the flavors of adding in pork with the salsa verde. The flavors combine with the seasoning, makes this so good.

Salsa Verde Chicken Crock Pot Tips:

  • Budget Friendly Recipe – We love that this recipe requires easy ingredients. You can also use different types of chicken.
  • Freezer Friendly – Prepare this meal ahead of time by placing everything in a freezer bag.
  • Bake Recipe – You can bake Salsa Verde Chicken in the oven for an easy weeknight meal.
  • Make a Soup – Add in chicken broth to make a soup. Cook the chicken in the chicken broth then when the chicken is done, remove the chicken and shred. This makes a great soup.
  • Add in different flavors – You can add some additional flavors by adding some fresh herbs or slice black olives.

How to Store Salsa Verde Chicken:

To store leftovers, place in an air tight container after it has cooled to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I freeze Salsa Verde Chicken?

Yes, this recipe freezes great. Place in a freezer container or a ziplock freezer back after it has cooled. If frozen properly, chicken will last up to 4 months.

Why we love this recipe:

The main reason we love this recipe is the salsa verde that the chicken cooks in. The green is full of flavor and the perfect recipe for a healthy low carb meal. The combination of the simple ingredients of spices, chicken thighs and salsa verde makes this a crowd pleaser.

It has become a weekly weeknight meal. Because everyone can use the chicken in different ways. I know that a good meal as they head out to sports practice.

You will love this easy chicken verde meal. Add the ingredients to the crock pot and let it do all the work.

Print this Slow Cooker Chicken Verde recipe below:

Crock pot Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

5 from 9 votes
With just a few ingredients you can make this easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe.  This delicious chicken recipe is budget friendly and amazing!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 496
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 12 chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 fresh jalapeno sliced thinly
  • 1 can 14 ounces salsa verde
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Place everything in the crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Serve over white rice.

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Recipe Notes

With this recipe, you can easily substitute with any chicken you have on hand.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 496kcal, Protein 36g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 221mg, Sodium 562mg, Potassium 469mg, Vitamin A 175IU, Calcium 21mg, Iron 1.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit with my husband and one year old! We served with rice just like suggested and loved it!