Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

This Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken makes a quick, easy dinner or freezer recipe. Made with simple ingredients but full of flavor, it’s great on its own or served over rice, farro or cauliflower rice.

Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken recipe

Hi friends!

This Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken recipe is for those of you requesting more crockpot recipes. It is SO easy to throw together the night before or the morning you want to make it. Or you could easily make it a freezer meal by tossing everything but the cream cheese in a ziploc bag and sticking it in the freezer until you need it.

This dinner gets most of its flavor from the spices so feel free to really amp them up! Taste test and add more at the end if you want. You can make it mild or spicy by choosing the spice level of your salsa, peppers and chilis. If you’re a cilantro lover, mix a bunch of fresh cilantro in at the end. If you hate cilantro, leave it out! Want it creamy AND cheesy? Add a few handfuls of cheese after it’s done cooking. Or leave it out. Serve it over rice or farro, or cauliflower rice…or just by itself with some chips for scooping.

See where I’m going here? It’s super flexible and you can’t really mess it up! The best kind of recipe in my opinion.

Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken in crockpot

Here’s how you make it:

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Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Crockpot Creamy Mexican Chicken

This Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken makes a quick, easy dinner or freezer recipe. Made with simple ingredients but full of flavor, it’s great on its own or served over rice, farro or cauliflower rice.

  • Author: Lindsay

Ingredients

1 cup salsa
1.5 pounds chicken (breasts or thighs)
1.5 cups black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup corn kernels (frozen, canned or fresh)
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, minced (optional)
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilis, optional
8 oz cream cheese
Optional mix-ins: shredded cheese, avocado, fresh cilantro
Rice, farro or cauliflower rice for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Pour salsa onto bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except cream cheese) and stir to combine.
  3. Place cream cheese on top.
  4. Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  5. Shred chicken and stir to mix in cream cheese (If you want it a little extra creamy you can use a ladle to remove a little of the liquid before stirring in the cream cheese)
  6. Top with avocado, cheese, cilantro, additional salsa etc if desired.
  7. Serve over rice, farro or cauliflower rice if you want to!

Notes

To freeze, combine all ingredients except cream cheese in a ziploc bag and freeze. When ready to make, thaw in the fridge overnight, dump in slow cooker, top with cream cheese and cook as directed.

You could probably make this in the instant pot although I haven’t tried it myself. You’d just need to add 1/2 cup or so of chicken broth and probably remove a little bit of liquid before shredding and stirring to mix in the cream cheese.

So there you have it! So easy and so delicious!

This Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken makes a quick, easy dinner or freezer recipe. Made with simple ingredients but full of flavor, it's great on its own or served over rice, farro or cauliflower rice.

Like this recipe? Find more slow cooker recipes here!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–