This Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken recipe may be the best slow cooker recipe you have ever eaten! It is super easy to prep with only 7 every day ingredients, and the result is the most tender, creamy, flavor filled shredded chicken. The crock pot green chile chicken can be eaten as is, or used as a filling for tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls and more!
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Green Chile Chicken – Crock Pot Recipe
I am about to make a big, BOLD statement here…
I think this Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken is my favorite crock pot recipe of all time.
I have made a lot of slow cooker recipes over the years, especially a lot of chicken recipes. I have made some I really love, like this Slow Cooker Thai Chicken. But this recipe just blew me out of the water! I really didn’t know it was going to taste so crazy good! You know the level of good… where the hubs walks in the door, takes a little taste as he is strolling by, but then turns around for a few more bites, because it was unexpectedly delicious!
It all started when I created this Baked Green Chile Chicken recipe. Chicken smothered in green chiles, cheeses, and Mexican spices…. What’s not to love?! Well, turns out a lot of people agree and it has grown to become one of the most loved recipes on my site and in my home. So naturally, people started asking me different questions, like if it could be made with rice and if you could make it in a crockpot.
And so I have slowly but surely been working my way through those questions and working out the kinks so that this recipe can be made all sorts of different ways! Today is the day we are going to talk all about how to make Green Chile Chicken crock pot style!
How to Serve Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken
This recipe is so great because the meat is just so flavorful and scrumptious! Being that good, there are many, many ways you can serve this dish. First of course is to just eat it, as is! Serve it up over a bed of rice or some mexican cauliflower rice for a low carb option. That is just the beginning though! You can either make up a batch, or double the recipe to use as filling for your mexican favorites like:
- Stuffed Peppers
- Burritos or burrito bowls
If you have something you use this recipe for that I didn’t list, I would love for you to let me know in the comments so I can give it a try!
How to Make Green Chile Chicken in the Crock Pot
I am going to walk you through how I make this recipe step by step here with all of my notes, tips and tricks and freezer instructions. If you just want the quick version of the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Follow the recipe below for a six serving portion of the dish, or double the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using the instructions as is.
Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken Ingredients
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)– Use 3-4 chicken breasts depending on size. Trim any excess fat or gristle off before you place it in the crock pot.
- 2- 4.5 oz cans chopped green chiles (I prefer Old El Paso)– You can also use one large (8 oz) can of chopped green chiles in leu of the 2 smaller cans. It will be slightly less chiles but the end result will be nearly the same. I always choose Old El Paso Green Chiles because they are a bit more crushed than chopped which makes the flavors combine better in my opinion.
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin- make sure to use ground cumin, not cumin seed.
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1- 8oz package Philadelphia cream cheese- You can use the Original Philadelphia cream cheese, or the 1/3 less fat, just avoid the fat free variety because it doesn’t melt the same and won’t give you a very good result.
Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken Instructions
- Lay the chicken breasts flat on the bottom of the slow cooker.
Cover with the green chilis, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Give the chiles and the seasonings a stir with a fork to combine them before cooking. Cover and set to high for 3 hours.
- At 2.5 hours, open the lid and use forks to shred the chicken and mix it with the juices. The chicken should be done and very easy to shred at this point. (Note: I forgot to shred it before I put the cheese on in the pic below, so I let the cheese soften and then shed and stirred in the cheese all at once here. It isn’t quite as easy, but gets the job done!)
Lay the cream cheese on top of the shredded chicken and replace the lid and continue to cook on high for 30 more minutes. This will soften the cream cheese, even if it is straight out of the fridge which is what I usually do. If you try to mix it while it is cold it gets clumpy and won’t combine well, but by letting it soften in the slow cooker for 30 minutes, you are able to mix it right in smoothly.
- When the timer sounds remove the lid and mix the cream cheese into the chicken. Serve hot and enjoy! You can eat it just like that, or use it as a topping for any of your favorite Mexican dishes.
How to Prep and Freeze Green Chile Chicken for the Crock Pot
Another thing that makes this a power recipe is that you can prep it ahead of time and freeze it so that you can grab and go on a busy morning to have dinner ready when you get everyone home from work and school. To make this as a freezer meal:
- Place chicken breast, green chiles and spices in a freezer bag.
- When ready to cook, place entire contents of bag in crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- 30 minutes before cooking is complete, shred chicken and add cream cheese to soften.
- When cooking is complete, stir in cream cheese to combine.
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- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 2 lbs
- 2- 4.5 oz cans chopped green chiles, I prefer Old El Paso
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 8 oz cream cheese, (1 package)
- Lay the chicken breasts flat on the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover with the green chilis, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cover and set to high for 3 hours.
- At 2.5 hours, open the lid and use forks to shred the chicken and mix it with the juices. Then lay the cream cheese on top of the shredded chicken and replace the lid and continue to cook on low for 30 more minutes.
- When the timer sounds remove the lid and mix the cream cheese into the chicken. Serve hot and enjoy!