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Slow cooker cilantro lime chicken

My husband and I adore our slow cooker, especially in the winter-time. And guess what? It is winter-time! I had to bust out my fluffy pink driving mittens yesterday morning for the first time since, well, since last May. Last winter was a long, cold one here for us in Minnesota. Hopefully this winter won't be quite so brutal!

To help ease some of the pain involved in facing winter again so soon (it seems), we threw some ingredients into our slow cooker for a comforting, delicious meal. And listen, friends, I have never eaten such tender chicken in my life! I was pretty much able to shred it by just looking at it. And the flavor? Mmmmm, the flavor. Delicious! There is plenty of room to turn up the heat on this recipe, if that's what you prefer, and it's also easy enough to keep it on the mild side. Tailor it to your liking!

In a slow cooker, mix together:

One 24-ounce jar medium or mild salsa

Juice from one lime

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

One 1.25-oz. package taco seasoning

2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (optional)

Add 4-6 boneless chicken breast halves (completely defrosted) to the slow cooker and coat with the salsa mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

Serve the chicken with the salsa mixture spooned over the top. If you're feeling crazy, throw a dollup of sour cream on top with some crushed tortilla chips.

This is also delicious as a taco filling or in a taco salad. 

Gotta go find my Snuggie!

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

This chicken is my most popular recipe for good reason! It is flavorful, delicious and EASY to make!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Nov 18, 2011

Serves: 1

Total time: 6 hrs 15 min

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • 24-oz. jar medium salsa
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1.25-oz. package taco seasoning
  • 2 jalapeños peppers, finely chopped (optional)
  • 6 boneless chicken breast halves, defrosted
  1. In a slow cooker, mix together the salsa, lime juice, cilantro, taco seasoning and jalapenos. Add the chicken and coat with the salsa mixture.
  2. Allow the chicken to cook, covered, in the slow cooker on Low setting for 6 hours. Serve chicken with salsa mixture spooned over top, or shred and use as a taco filling.



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Reader Comments (186)

I found this recipe on Pinterest and featured it on my blog

We made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious.....I added an onion....and juiced an extra lime....and used red pepper instead of the jalapenos......Yuuuummm!!

I made this yesterday and it is DELICIOUS. For the taco seasoning I made my own (an idea also found on Pinterest). This dish is SO flavorful and warms you up (getting chilly now in MN). I served it in a bowl with rinsed black beans, lite shredded cheese and some fresh diced onion. Definitely making this again.

01.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I made this and it is AMAZING! So easy and tasty. The great part about this meal is that is can be shredded for chicken enchiladas, quesadillas or soft tacos OR just serve over rice! I have already passed this recipe on and have gotten raving reviews

01.22.2012 | Unregistered Commentermichelle Olson

I made this today and it was absolutely delicous! I used it as taco filling, and my husband and I ate several each. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm sure I'll make it again many times in the future!

01.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlakley

I made this chicken dish last night and it was a hit. I made it with cilantro lime white rice and refried beans. It was so easy and delicious. My boys asked when I can make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

01.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

I tried this recipe tonight for dinner! Whipped it up in minutes and let it cook on high for around 4.5 hours. The chicken was so tender and the sauce was good. It has a lot of flavor, a spicy kick to it (I only used one jalapeño pepper), and the dinner was great! I put the chicken pieces on top of a warm tortilla shell and served it with steamed veggies and Mexican style rice! It was delicious- definitely something different to try! Thanks!

01.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadison

This was amazing!!! I'm definately going to be blogging out this!!! My husband loved it!

01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I am in Minnesota, too. I have to try this recipe soon!

01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I'm going to make some yellow rice to serve with this. Thanks for a great recipe!

01.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoen

This looks DELICIOUS!! its in the crockpot right now!! cant wait to try it!

01.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStarla Deen

YUM! I made this minus the cilantro and the lime, but I think that might give it a great flair! I always shred it for chicken tacos! You can also use a can of rotel tomatoes in place of the salsa!

FWIW, I've never defrosted the chicken... I usually put the breasts in there frozen and cook on low for 8-10 and it comes out moist and fully cooked! So delicious!

01.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I just found your recipe and it sounds so good I had to try it. However, I only had two boneless skinless chicken breasts of unequal size in the fridge. So, I cut them up into smaller pieces and added 2 red bell peppers, 1 can of corn (no salt added) and 1 can of black beans (rinsed). I'm starting the mixture on high since I'm getting a late start tonight, but I plan to turn it down to low in an hour or so.

It already smells great!

I plan to serve it over rice...or maybe shred the chicken and make burritos with it if the meat is really tender!!

Thanks for the recipe!

01.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine W.

Crockpots were made for Minnesota winters. We love ours too - this looks like a great new recipe to try out next week!

02.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz@carpeseason

Just put mine in the crockpot. The ingredients smelled so good while assembling. I have been looking for more uses for cillantro. Thank you for posting this recipe and the photos! Looking forward to my lunch!

02.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Finally made this tonight!!! Used it in taco salads and it was delish and easy!

02.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

You aren't supposed to put frozen meat in the crock pot due to food safety issues, per the USDA. Something about the cooking temperatures, and the rate of defrosting/cooking. Be safe.

02.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I'm making this right now. I used the Victoria brand salsa (mild) and my house smells delicious. And it's only been an hour of it cooking. Can't wait to try.

02.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Thanks for posting! I made this two weeks ago for my boyfriend and I and we both loved it (and he is also a very picky eater)! I will definitely be making this more!!

02.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I tried this recipe for a Taco Salad party and it turned out so well! I used bone-in chicken breast because I like the way shredded chicken turns out with them, Easy way to cook chicken for various south of the border recipes!! May I share this on my blog and link here?

02.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Hi Denise! Of course, feel free to post this and link back!

02.18.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

made this with pork and sweet rice. YUM!

02.21.2012 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

When you say 4 chicken breast halves do you mean 4 whole chicken breasts or 2 chicken breasts sliced in half?

02.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hi Megan,
I pinned your recipe a long time ago, and I am finally trying it for tonight's dinner. I had to make a few adjustments based on the ingredients that I had on hand, but I think it'll turn out great. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day. ~Sally

02.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Hi Liz! I think you must be thinking of each "chicken breast half" as a "chicken breast." Chicken breasts come as a pair, so a half of that would be considered a "chicken breast half." I hope that makes sense!!

02.23.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

Success!!! Made a few adjustments based on what I had on hand, but... the family loved it, and voted it "a keeper!"

02.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally

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