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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)

A coworker recommended this recipe from her Pinterest page, and it is one of the most delicious things I've ever made! I couldn't wait to eat because the house smelled so good! Thanks for a super delicious, satisfying meal!

11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCB

This recipe is OUTSTANDING! Just delicious!! I used green salsa and added an extra jalapeno. I served it to my friends and everyone was raving about it!!

11.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it! It was delicious. I featured it on my blog:

Thanks for the great recipe! It's definitely a keeper. :)

11.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Well it was 72 in Georgia today, but I'm making this anyway! Smells sooo good and is falling apart. Can't wait to try it :) Thanks!

12.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Hello everyone! I really feel for all of you in Minnesota and S. Dakota! Here in Las Vegas, Nv. it's a cool day (for us) at 67°at 2 p.m.!! Probably get down to around 50° tonight. I can't wait to try this, it looks so amazing! Love Julia's idea of onions and green peppers!Has anyone tried to make this using the boneless, skinless breasts? I buy the big bags at Sam's Club, so always have them on hand. Boneless, skinless thighs also. Would so love to try them, probably both in the same batch. Someone asked about salsas. Pace is always a good choice, but there are so many great ones out there. Just trial and error I guess.

12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Making this tommorow. I was wondering do you mix the taco seasoning, cilantro and lime with the salsa and then pour it over the chicken. Directions doesn't say.

12.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Hi Tina! Honestly, it doesn't matter. Do whatever is easiest and it will work out. Throw it all in separately or mix it and then pour it over. Either way, it will turn out great!

12.6.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

This is on the crock pot as I type... I have made it once before and then I also saw a similar one that added Cream of Mushroom soup. So this time I am adding one can ... lets hope it turns out as good! I have doubled the recipe.

12.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

This is in my crockpot right now. Made it a couple weeks ago and it was EXCELLENT! Thank you!

12.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

This was an awesome dish! The house smelled so good for hours! I did double the recipe since I was feeding 5 people and I like to have leftovers, also my tomatoes really cooked down so it was pretty watery, so the last half hour or so I cooked it with the lid off to help thicken it up a little! YUMMY!

12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

Hi Pip & Ebby~~I apologize for my earlier post. I must've been having an extreme senior moment! lol I just went to print out this recipe today to make and noticed that I had asked about trying the boneless,skinless chicken breasts. The recipe CALLS for boneless, skinless, Diane!!!! This whole month, I've been on holiday recipe overload! lol! Anyhoo, I am going to make this for New Years Eve with all of the trimmings, all the way down to Margaritas and flan! I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Christmas and all the best for a blessed New Year.

12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

This looks awesome!

12.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAggie

Hi there I am making this tonight for dinner but I don't have a fresh lime, I just have the squeeze bottle of lime...How much would you recommend using from a squeeze bottle?

01.2.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

answered my own question. 2tbs lime juice = juice from one lime according to google lol. if anyone else out there doesnt have fresh limes on hand!

01.2.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

Hey there, I got this recipe from a friend and I am very excited to make it! I've already got the sauce put together for easy assembly this weekend. I was wondering how many people this recipe served? I'm cooking for about 8 people and originally had estimated a whole chicken breast per person.

01.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

a chicken breast per person sounds appropriate. you would probably want to double the sauce in that case. I made it with 4 and had a good amount of sauce for everyone. If you don't have as many chicken breat peices you can always shred the chicken & try putting it in tacos too.

01.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

Thanks so much Daisy! I forgot to mention that these are going to be tacos. I also forgot about doubling the sauce so I am off to get another jar of salsa!

01.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

Hi, just checking out your blog from a post I saw on Fbl. I read that you like your slow cooker so I thought I would recommend this product the
It is a must for your slow cooker!!

01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonni

Making this today, but did not use taco seasoning mix, added a little cumin and chili powder insteady. Can't wait for it to be ready!

02.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

I came across this similar recipe while on weight watchers. The only thing you do extra is right before you serve the chicken you add one small container of nonfat sour cream. The Jalapeno's are not added in the recipe I have...... but it is great the next day shredded up to make burrito's.

02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaxxs

Time to break out my slow cooker!!!! Yum, can't wait to taste it.

02.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterM. Rogers

Awesome recipe! Thank you! It was a complete hit at my house. Definitely a do over. My kids gave it a thumbs up!

02.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

I made this and added fresh diced onion before cooking. I also used boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them into larger chucks. When it was done I added fresh diced tomato and served it on white rice with black beans on the side. It was very good!!! This is something I will definitely make again.

03.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBN23

Hardly any prep needed, just bunged it all in the slow cooker and went off to work. Absolutely delicious, empty plates all round! I made some potato wedges with mine. The simplest dinner ever, will definitely make again. Thank you. I had to google measurements and two jars of salsa are needed and cilantro is coriander.

03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

I have made this twice now and I believe the second time is better, even, than the first! Maybe I wasn't trying to be so exact the second time! Just to try and clear up something about coriander/cilantro, coriander refers to the seeds of the plant while coriander refers to the leaves.

03.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

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