Slow Cooker Chicken Verde

This is one of those recipes that is hardly a recipe but the results are so delicious that people end up thinking you are an absolutely wonderful cook.  I made this Chicken Verde for a party (Taco Party) we hosted recently and everyone wanted to know how I made it.  I was a bit stumped when I was asked for the recipe and considered lying and making the dish out to be more complicated that it was, but my conscience got the better of me (barely)…

Ria can handle this with some rice and yogurt since she is trained to eat mild to medium spicy food.  I use store bought tomatillo salsa but you can make your own.  This recipe could work with pork as well.  Serve with a side of rice and beans and the usual taco toppings or roll up in burritos with your favorite fillings.  If you don’t have a slow-cooker (buy one, like my friend Ritu did after eating this dish), you can make this on the stove-top.  This dish also freezes well, so make extra and save some for another day.

Chicken Verde


2 lbs chicken thighs/breast cut into bite-size cubes

2 bottles (16 oz each) of your favorite tomatillo salsa (I used Fontera Grill Tomatillo Salsa)

1 tbsp cumin powder

chilli flakes, salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or water (optional, if you like a “thinner” verde)


  1. Heat oil and sprinkle chicken with cumin, chilli flakes (if using) and salt and pepper.
  2. Fry in heated oil for 5-6 minutes till chicken gets some color/carmelization (no need to cook through)
  3. Dump in slow cooker along with tomatillo salsa, water/stock (if using) and cook on high for 3 hours of low for 6 hours.  If cooking on stove-stop bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

13 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken Verde

  1. This is the world’s easiest recipe and it is so tasty! I would definitely keep this on my list of fast and easy meals. The family gave it a thumbs up!

  2. Everyone who owns a slow cooker raves about it, I think my mom has a few (seriously) stashed away in the garage. I will help her *clean*her garage soon…

  3. Yums…I saw this when I was browsing your blog a while ago, and came back specifically to search for this recipe (it stuck in my head as a must-try easy-recipe!) – made it tonight with a side of brown basmati rice and black-eyed peas cooked in the rice cooker. prep took all of 15 mins and i took Javier to music class and came back and voila! it was done! and delicious! As I’m always trying to add veggies to his diet these days, I added baby carrots and zucchini and fried the chicken with diced onion. It was a hit with hubby and Javi!

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