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Southwest Chicken Crockpot

This versatile Southwest Chicken Crockpot is loaded with protein, flavor and a perfect time saver for busy nights and weekends. It is made with simple everyday ingredients like black beans, chicken breast and corn. Make one pot and serve it endless ways throughout the week, whether by itself, over rice, in a wrap or on a bun this chicken makes a great easy meal prep. 

 

Why you'll love this recipe:

  • You can set it and forget it! This recipe is ready in under 5 hours in the crockpot. 
  • This recipe uses minimal ingredients with very little clean up. 
  • Easily make this recipe dairy and gluten free by simply eliminating the cream cheese.
  • Make one big southwest chicken crockpot for you to use many different ways throughout the week.
  • Get fancy and season your chicken breast with taco seasoning before cooking for even more flavor.

Is this good for meal prep?

This recipe is perfect for meal prep. Set it and forget it in the crockpot and store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Some meal prep ideas with this southwest chicken crockpot:

  • Over rice, in tacos, in a wrap, on buns with melted cheese, in a salad, in a baked potato or sweet potato 
  • Or simply by itself!

Flavor adds!

Season your chicken with your favorite taco seasoning before topping with beans and other ingredients. This will add intense flavor to the dish. I like to use this taco seasoning combination from my Taco Tuesday Flank Steak recipe. It’s easy, delicious and has no added sugar. I also like Siete taco seasonings, I would reccomend half a pack for this southwest chicken crockpot.

Southwest Chicken Crockpot

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Southwest Chicken Crockpot. 

Chicken Breast: you can substitute chicken thighs for chicken breast. They will add a ton of delicious fat and flavor. 

Black Beans: any and all beans will work. Be sure to rinse and drain prior to adding to the crockpot.

Corn: drain the corn prior to adding to the crockpot. If you want to lower the carbs omit entirely or use half a can.

Rotel: I love a good Rotel moment. It adds so much flavor to any dish. You could substitute with diced tomatoes and green chilies. 

Cream Cheese: I like adding cream cheese to make this dish creamy at the end. It gives it a nice twist from the typical southwest bowls. You can use full fat, less fat or even greek yogurt. Definitely give the creamy addition a try in this southwest chicken crockpot.

Southwest Chicken Crockpot

How to make this southwest chicken crockpot:

Step 1

Add chicken to the bottom of a crockpot. Season with salt, pepper and juice of half a lime.

Step 2

Top the chicken with beans, corn, rotel and salsa. Cover and set on low for 4.5 hours or high for 2.

Step 3

When the chicken is fully cooked shred inside the crockpot with a fork and mix together well. Chicken should shred easily.

Step 4

Optional: add 2 oz. cream cheese directly to the crockpot and mix together until the cream cheese is fully melted and combined with the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts w/out cream cheese: 159 calories: 22 P / 18 C / 1 F

Nutrition Facts w/ cream cheese: 176 calories: 23 P / 19 C / 3 F 

 

Serving size remains the same. 

Southwest Chicken Crockpot

How to serve

While you could enjoy this southwest chicken crockpot on it’s own as a protein packed meal or snack I would suggest trying it:

  • Over rice
  • In tacos
  • In a wrap 
  • On buns with melted cheese
  • In a salad
  • In a baked potato or sweet potato 
  • Or simply by itself!

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of our other easy meals!

Yields 

8 servings 

Approx. 167 grams

MyFitnessPal

“ohsnapmacros Southwest Chicken Crockpot w/ Cream Cheese”

5 from 8 Reviews

Ingredients

Adjust Servings
1 lbs. chicken breast, raw
1 can black beans (15oz.), drained and rinsed
1 can corn (15oz.), drained
1 can (10oz) Rotel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1/2 cup salsa
Salt & Pepper to taste
Juice of half a lime
Optional: 2 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese

Nutritional Information

176 Calories
3 Fat (g)
19 Carbs (g)
23 Protein (g)
4.9 Dietary Fiber (g)
665 Sodium (mg)

Directions

1.

Add chicken to the bottom of a crockpot. Season with salt, pepper and juice of half a lime.
Mark as complete
2.

Top the chicken with beans, corn, rotel and salsa. Cover and set on low for 4.5 hours or high for 2.
Mark as complete
3.

When the chicken is fully cooked shred inside the crockpot with a fork and mix together well. Chicken should shred easily.
Mark as complete
4.

Optional: add 2 oz. cream cheese directly to the crockpot and mix together until the cream cheese is fully melted and combined with the chicken.
Nutrition Facts w/out cream cheese: 159 calories: 22 P / 18 C / 1 F Nutrition Facts w/ cream cheese: 176 calories: 23 P / 19 C / 3 F Serving size remains the same.
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Notes

You will have excess sauce. That has been taken into account.

8 Comments

  • Morgan

    This was delicious! I served it over cauliflower rice and added some avocado hot sauce on top! I can’t believe this was so easy to make and I’m thankful that I don’t have to give up delicious food while tracking macros! My mom even tried it and she loved it! I believe this will be a staple for my weekly meal preps!

  • Kaci

    Where can I find the serving size?

  • sasha

    Is the approximate serving size of 167G per correct? It just seems like a smaller portion size than most of your recipes. Thanks for your awesome meals and content!

    • daniellelima

      That’s because it’s just the chicken at 170 calories vs. a full meal with pasta or rice, etc. which has a higher volume.

    • daniellelima

      You could always double it too for a larger meal by itself but it’s written so that you could put this over rice, pasta, cauli rice, on nachoed, or a potato. Hope that helps!!

  • Ashlee

    Do you think this would freeze well? I made a double batch and wanted to freeze a portion of it for later.

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