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Salsa Verde Chicken

Flavorful and juicy salsa verde chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. Takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 

This recipe is made by cooking the chicken in salsa verde with spices and seasonings. I do this with red salsa too, but this green version is equally as yummy. It’s super flavorful and can be used so many different ways.

salsa verde chicken in the slow cooker

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This is one of my favorite dump and go recipes. It can easily be made in the crockpot or instant pot and just takes 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. The end result is super juicy and delicious chicken with tons of flavor!

You can serve this chicken over rice or use it for tacos, burritos, nachos, tostadas, enchiladas and taco salads. The toppings are key to make this dish feel special. Add as many or as little as you’d like. Then dig in! :)

salsa verde chicken ingredients in crockpot

Ingredients

All you need are the below ingredients to get started. If you like heat, feel free to add a can of green chiles or a jalapeno. I also like to add fresh cilantro right before serving.

  • Chicken tenders
  • Onion
  • Salsa verde
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Oregano

How to make salsa verde chicken

You can make this recipe in both the crockpot and the instant pot. Both ways are super easy and make chicken that’s perfectly tender, juicy and flavorful every time.

  1. Place meat and onions in bottom of crockpot or instant pot.
  2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.
  3. Crockpot: Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours (until it shreds easily).
  4. Instant pot: Set to manual high pressure and cook for 12 minutes. Do a natural release for 12 minutes and then open the vent with an oven mit.
  5. Once cooked, shred the meat and place back in crockpot or instant pot. Toss in the juices, then stir in 1/4 cup fresh cilantro.

salsa verde chicken

Ways to serve

The serving ideas for this recipe are endless! You can keep it simple and serve with rice and beans, or use it to make popular Mexican dishes like enchiladas or tacos.

More Mexican crockpot meals:

salsa verde chicken

Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Flavorful and juicy salsa verde chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. Takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Crock pot

Ingredients 

For serving (optional): tortillas, chopped cilantro, avocado, lime

    Instructions

    • Place chicken and onions in crock pot or instant pot.
    • Whisk together the salsa verde, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin and oregano. Then pour over chicken.

    Crockpot:

    • Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 4-5 hours, or until easily shreds.

    Instant pot:

    • Set to manual high pressure and cook for 12 minutes. Let it naturally release for 12 minutes and then open the vent with an oven mit.
    • Shred and toss in juices. Stir in 1/4 cup fresh cilantro if desired.

    Notes

    Add a can of green chiles and jalapenos if you'd like to add extra kick.

    Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

    salsa verde chicken in crock pot with cilantro on top

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