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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Veggie-Loaded Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

A delicious shredded chicken recipe with salsa verde and added spinach and bell peppers. 
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 185kcal


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 12-16 oz jar salsa verde such as Trader Joe's brand
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 10 oz package frozen spinach cooked and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped


  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Pour the jar of salsa verde over them. Add the lime juice, cumin, and salt. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, or until they are cooked through and have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot and shred with two forks on a cutting board. Return the chicken to the crockpot. You can also shred the breasts in the crockpot with tongs or forks. 
  • Prepare the spinach according to package instructions, wrap in a paper towel, and squeeze out any excess moisture. Add the cooked spinach and diced bell pepper to the slow cooker. Mix well and cook on low for another 30 minutes. 
  • Serve in tacos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos, and more.


  • There will be a lot of liquid/salsa still in the slow cooker when you shred the chicken. The shredded chicken and vegetables should absorb most of this (it has a ton of flavor!), but if it's too much, you can drain some of it.
  • Be sure to use at least 1.5 pounds of chicken breast. With less chicken, there tends to be too much spinach.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes on high or enjoy cold.
  • To freeze, transfer to airtight containers or freezer bags, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before eating.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6607IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg