Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Salsa verde chicken

You will only need a couple ingredients to make a fresh and delicious slow cooker salsa verde chicken. You have to try this recipe at home!

Make ahead freezer meals are amazing because of the way they can open up your time. You will spend way less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. I know it’s hard to think about Meal prep and new recipes. Thats why I started My Family Dinner.

My goal is to provide you will as many easy healthy freezer meals as possible. 

As moms sometimes all we need is a super simple dinner that is fast and tasty!

This salsa verde chicken recipe is a great addition to any meal prep day because it can be prepped in minutyes. There is no precooking required and its a crockpot salsa verde chicken. So cooking day it goes from you fridge to the crockpot and your done.

We have a family of five and everyone seems to have slightly different tatse which is another reason this recipe is great for kids. We use it for salsa verde chicken tacos and everyone gets to top their taco with favorite toppings!

Or try this salsa verde chicken and add rice, you could even come up with a fun salsa verde chicken casserole. However you choose to enjoy this slow cooker salsa verde chicken you will fall in love with it!

Why you will love this slow cooker salsa verde chicken.

  • 5 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • 5-Ingredients
  • Extremely Fresh and Tasty
  • Family Friendl
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What do you use salsa verde for?

Anything you would use regular salsa for! Salsa verde has a bright fresh taste that can be added to tacos, burritos, quesadillas or any Mexican dish!

You it as a topping, garnish or main ingredient.


The 5-Ingredients you will need for this slow cooker salsa verde chicken.

  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • 16 oz tomatillo salsa verde
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (Juice of one lime)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Can I use regular salsa instead of salsa verde?

Of course. You will get a different flavor than the intended flavor with salsa verde. Salsa verde tends to be a bit more mild than red salsas.
You can easily use your favorite red salsa for a slow cooker salsa chicken. 

Why is it called salsa verde?

Verde is translated to green in english. Salsa verde is made with tomatillos as a base instead of red tomatoes. Tomatillos are a green tomato in color with a slightly more acidic and fresh taste than red tomatoes.
This is why they call it salsa verde, the green tomatoes makes green salsa. Tomatillos give a unique brightness to the salsa that is amazing!

How to make this salsa verde chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker or crock pot and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of meat can I use?

Any cut of chicken will work. I recommend using chicken breasts for this recipe. But you could use chicken thighs or legs. Be sure to use skinless chicken. Bone-in will work too but is optional.   

What to serve with salsa verde chicken?

I love serving this slow cooker salsa verde chicken with a side of guac or salsa and chips. You could also do some street corn on the side!  

How to store this slow cooker salsa verde chicken?

After cooking salsa verde chicken store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken? 👇 

Salsa Verde Chicken Freezer Meal

Enjoy salsa verde chicken as a freezer meal. This slow cooker salsa verde chicken recipe is a tangy fresh citrus chicken you have to try!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken, Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice, Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole, Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos, Slow COoker Salsa Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot


  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • 16 oz tomatillo salsa verde heat choice of preference
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (Juice of one lime)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours.
  • Shred chicken breasts and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in tortillas, over rice, cauliflower rice or on top of chips!
  • Optional: Garnish with your favorite taco toppings!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4 hours, 4-5 hours if frozen.
  • Shred chicken breasts and stir into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in tortillas, over rice, cauliflower rice or on top of chips!
  • Optional: Garnish with your favorite taco toppings!


  • May top with favorite taco toppings! (cheese, guacomole, salsa, etc…)
  • Make it pretty: Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

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Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

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Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Green salsa, or salsa verde is green because the base is made from green tomatoes or tomatillos. Tomatillos have a slightly herbal taste and is slightly fruity with a tartness. This gives an extra sense of light fresh flavor to your salsa.

Pollo verde is also known as green salsa. Salsa verde can be a variety of heat levels made from tomatillos and green chili peppers.

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of  salsa verde chicken at 202 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times for the perfect instant pot salsa verde chicken. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

The main difference is that most enchilada sauces are cooked as they are made. Though this is not true for all enchilada sauces. Salsa verde is more commonly eaten raw or used like a salsa.

Tomatillo salsa is the same as salsa verde. Salsa verde is the traditional name. It is a salsa made out of tomatillos instead of tomatoes and has a fresh tangy zesty flavor with any heat level desired.

Chimichurri sauce is more like a pesto. It is commonly made out of parsley and oregano leaving a more herbal flavor. Salsa verde is much more like a salsa with tomatillos blending together with jalapeños, onions and spices.

My favorite store-bought salsa verde is the whole foods store brand salsa. Their brand is 365 everyday value. Its amazing and goes great in this recipe!

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  1. Add the chicken to the slow cooker in one single layer. Sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin evenly over the chicken. Pour the jar of salsa on top of the chicken, making sure it s all covered. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. With 30-60 minute f2 s left of cooking time, remove the lid and using two forks, shred the chicken. It will seem like there s a lot of liquid, but once all the chicken is shredded it will absorb most of the liquid. Continue to cook and keep warm until ready to serve. Add to tacos, salads, or serve on top of rice!


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