Short on time? This easy crockpot chicken recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and is one of the simplest recipes you’ll ever make! Plus it’s also delicious, filling and inexpensive. No wonder it’s a favorite!
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This Creamy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken is one of my absolute favorite recipes ever!
It’s probably the easiest recipe I make, it tastes amazing, and it makes enough that we usually can enjoy it for a second meal too.
The only bad thing I can think of is that it isn’t exactly the most beautiful dish you’ve ever seen. But hey, you can’t have everything!
Why We Love Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
- Super Easy. It’s as simple as dumping everything in the crockpot, cooking it, then shredding the chicken.
- Makes A Lot. This is one of those recipes that you can make once and enjoy in a variety of ways for several meals. Or use it to feed a crowd instead!
- Budget Friendly. Made with inexpensive ingredients, this is the perfect cheap family dinner!
- Freezes Well. If you can’t eat all of the leftovers at once, no problem, just freeze for later.
- Kid Friendly. Even our pickiest child loves this Mexican chicken!
Watch Video: Learn How to Make This Recipe
Mexican Chicken Ingredients
- Chicken Breasts. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.
- Black Beans. Drain well!
- Salsa. For a spicier flavor use hot salsa.
- Corn. Can use frozen, fresh, or canned corn
- Cream Cheese. Swap for Neufchatel cheese if preferred.
- Salt. Just enough for taste.
- Optional Ingredients for Serving. Cooked rice, tortillas, shredded cheese.
How to Make this Crockpot Mexican Chicken Recipe
STEP 1: Place the chicken, black beans, corn, and salsa into the crockpot. Top with cream cheese.
STEP 2: Cover and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours on high.
STEP 3: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Then add it back in and stir.
STEP 4: Serve over rice or use as a tortilla filling. Feel free to top with shredded cheese if desired.
Helpful Tips and Variations
- Storing: Keep leftover Mexican chicken in a container or bag in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Not thick enough: If this seems like it is going to be really soupy, you can leave the lid off for the last ½ hour to help thicken it.
- Freezing: Once the chicken has cooled, transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. You can also let it thaw overnight.
- Serve over rice or quinoa.
- Use as a tortilla filling. When I do this, I often mix a bit of cooked rice into the chicken mixture to make it even heartier and to stretch it a bit further.
- Add lettuce for a salad bowl of sorts.
- Make nachos by layering the chicken mixture over tortilla chips and topping with cheese.
- Serve as a baked potato topping.
- Serve over toast.
- Treat it like taco meat and eat it with corn chips and lettuce.
Really, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed any way that you try it. It’s a favorite here, no matter how I serve it!
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Crockpot Cream Cheese Mexican Chicken
- 2.5 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
- 2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 can corn, drained (opt.)
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- salt to taste
- cooked rice
- shredded cheese
- Put chicken, black beans, salsa and corn into crockpot and place cream cheese on top. Cover.
- Cook on high for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
- Shred chicken (I love using my favorite kitchen scissors for this) and serve over cooked rice or use as tortilla filling. (If using as a tortilla filling, I often still use rice, but just mix it into the chicken mixture at the end of the cooking time.)
- Top with shredded cheese if desired.
Any special type of sauce you use?
As this recipe doesn’t have any sauce, I assume you meant salsa? I just use whatever tomato-based salsa I have on hand. If you like spicier foods, you can use hot salsa. Or if you prefer less spice, go with mild. But really, any tomato salsa will work well.