Creamy Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe

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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. 
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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This delicious southwest crock pot chicken is an easy prep, with just a few simple ingredients. 
  • Use leftover chicken to make this crock pot recipe even easier.  
  • Easily make this recipe dairy and gluten free by simply eliminating the cream cheese.
  • Throw in your favorite salsa, store-bought southwestern seasoning or your favorite fresh veggies to make it your own.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream, tortilla chips, or over white rice. 

A great way to meal prep

My favorite thing about this delicious chicken recipe is that it can be so many different meals. Serve it over cooked rice, in taco shells with refried beans, in a wrap, on buns with melted cheddar cheese, in a salad, with cauliflower rice, in a baked potato or sweet potato.

Flavor adds!

Season your chicken with your favorite taco seasoning before topping with beans and other ingredients. This will add intense southwest flavors 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 topped with cream cheese in a 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.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: 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 in a 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 sandwich in front of a 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!

Southwest Chicken Crockpot

Danielle Lima
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. 
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 176 kcal

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Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Add chicken to the bottom of a crockpot. Season with salt, pepper and juice of half a lime.
  • Top the chicken with beans, corn, rotel and salsa. Cover and set on low for 4.5 hours or high for 2.
  • When the chicken is fully cooked shred inside the crockpot with a fork and mix together well. Chicken should shred easily.
  • 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.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • You will have excess sauce. That has been taken into account.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 167gCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 23gFat: 3gSodium: 665mgFiber: 4.9g
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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. 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!!

    1. 5 stars
      Ashlee we just did this! We made double to try out the freezing, made the recipe exactly as written with one exception being adding pinto beans as well as black beans. I left it in the freezer for 1 month, pulled it out and left to unthaw in the fridge and it was fine. I will say slightly watery compared to when it’s freshly made so I used a slotted spoon and served over rice. It surprisingly wasn’t gritty or grainy which I thought it would be because of the cream cheese. I would say it was a 7.5/10 compared to 10/10 when made fresh. Would definitely do it again though.

  3. Very good, husband approved, and super easy! Will definitely make this again. I love recipes like this that have minimal ingredients because I am not one who likes to cook. However, I still can not seem to find the serving size on this recipe? I looked above the ingredients as answered in a previous question, but it’s not showing up on my end. I must have read it over 50 times. I had to finally just trust that the serving size is 167g as stated by another reviewer. I also looked in MFP, but it only gives number of servings, but not the serving size in grams. Is the serving size for this recipe 167g?

    1. The serving is 167 grams. It was just left off during the site-wide update as we have had to go through every single recipe card. You can always weigh your final and divide by the total servings to get the total grams per serving which is the most accurate way to get a gram per serving on any and every recipe you make from the internet. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    10/10 the easiest tastiest crockpot meal! And to be able to have it done in 2 hours, extra points for that. I served mine over rice and added avocado & sour cream. Delish!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a tried and true favorite in our house! It’s on a bi-weekly rotation and it’s sooo good! The only thing we change is adding in pinto beans along with the black beans, changes the macros slightly but it’s what gets everyone in the house to dig in. 3 of us prefer pintos 1 prefers black beans so we meet in the middle and get a little of both. Great recipe!

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