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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)

do you cut 6 chicken breast into halves then add those twelve halves to it or do u add 6 halves total....does this make any sense? my wife and i are going to try it on Monday so any response will help. Thanks!

02.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjon

Hi Jon,
You're on the right track. You would take two whole chicken breasts and cut them down the middle to have four chicken breast halves. Most grocery stores do this for you, so you likely won't have to do any cutting. I hope that makes sense!

02.25.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

that looks sooooooo wonderful, I love all of the ingredients and can not wait to try it! Thank you so very much for sharing!

02.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdele Forbes

Hi there, I just made you recipe and it was great! I wanted to let you know I found it on Pinterest and featured it in my blog today :-)

02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I'm making this right now!! Only bad thing, my hands stink like cilantro and I can't get it to go away!! LOL Otherwise, it smells DELICIOUS!!!!!

03.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrissy S.

I made tonight, it was wonderful and very easy to make!!!

03.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg S

can i use chicken thighs? (like 8 of them boneless/skinless)

03.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Made this and it was SO flavorful, but 6 hours is too long for four chicken breasts; the chicken came out a little dry. I'd suggest 4 hours and perhaps even adding a little bit of chicken broth to make the chicken come out more tender. Possibly even add some tequila for a kick?

03.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!!! SO simple and SO delicious! We found this on pinterest and it's become one of our stand-by recipes. The only thing we did a little different was leaving the cilantro out until the very end...because I prefer the flavor that way. AMAZING recipe!!!!

03.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMomster

Thanks so much for the recipe. My house is full of the delicious aroma, can't wait to eat it soon!

03.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBP

This is in the slow cooker right now. Mmmm! It smells so great and it was so easy to prepare too. My chicken breasts were almost fully frozen when I chucked them in, but they seem to be doing fine in their salsa and coriander bath. :) I can't wait to try it!

04.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I found this on pinterest - totally going to try it out!

04.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBusyWorkingMama

No need to defrost. I put chicken in completely frozen and cooked on high high for 6
hours, I only cooked the chicken then I shredded and added the rest of the ingredients and returned to crock pot for a couple hours on low. YUUMMMMYYYY!!!

04.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I also saw this on Pinterest! So easy and so delicious! Bookmarked your site :)

05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJannah

I made this yesterday and it was really tasty and very easy to make. I only left it in the crockpot for 3.5 hours on low. The chicken was cooked all the way through and very moist. If I had left it in for a full 6 hours I think it would have dried the chicken out. This has happened to me on other recipes before, not sure why.

05.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenae

Has anyone tried freezing the leftovers? Does it freeze and defrost well?

05.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

I just made this and it was awesome! I only had to cook it 4 hours and it turned out amazing! SOooo much flavor. I shredded it and put it in warm corn tortillas with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, lettuce and a dollop of sour cream. So good! Thank you! This will be a new staple!!!

06.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

Hi i just wanted to say thank you for this recipe! I am excited about this i am thinking of having it a party for the chicken dish so i am trying it out now. I am making right now as i type on the computer. I was just wondering one thing what temp. setting did you use on your slow cooker, mine is a simple one with high and low, i know some have more and some only have one. i am using the high setting on mine today but i am home to watch it just in case.

06.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I juts tried this recipe (found on Pinterest) and it was amazing! Love the fact that there is no fat in the cooking process and so easy! Although it doesn't hurt to have a bit of cheddar on top! (and sour cream, like my husband). I think I will feature that on my blog! Thanks for sharing, it's now in staple food choices!

06.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTartine

Very tasty. I'm on low carb diet so chicken shredded in the sauce was perfect for me. Hubby ate it over spaghetti and as sandwich filling on a bun. Definitely a keeper.

06.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoBeth

I used 6 chicken breasts and had enough leftovers from a family of four to transform the leftovers into Chicken Tortilla Soup: shred the chicken, add a box of chicken broth, a can of black beans (rinsed and drained) and a handful of frozen corn. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, avocado, chopped green onions and sour cream. Yummmm!

06.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Saw this on Pinterest. Seems too easy not to try. We ate it as chicken tacos and my husband said it was the best chicken tacos he's ever had EVER! Mmmm, it was so delicious and so simple to make! Definitely a keeper!

07.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlia

this is definitely a must try.

07.9.2012 | Unregistered Commentermeg

This was amazing!!!!!!! The whole family loved it :)

07.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJStro

i have a bigger crockpot.. does that make a difference with the results???

07.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterberenise

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