Apr 30, 2013

Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken



Chicken tenders are simmered in salsa verde with cumin and spices for the easiest chicken ever!

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner, which always gets me excited, I LOVE Mexican food! While I was shopping at Target the other day, I picked up a jar of Archer Farm's Roasted Salsa Verde with no real plans on what to do with it.


My slow cooker is always sitting on my counter staring at me, so I figured let's see what happens when you cook chicken with salsa verde.

Two hours later, what emerged was a delicious aroma and tender chicken. That night I made chicken tostadas for dinner, but I know this would be wonderful so many ways; over rice, in tacos, as a filling for enchiladas, whatever! Tomorrow I am posting my chicken verde tostada recipe, but for today I'm just posting the chicken so you can use it any way you wish.

By the way, I have so many Mexican recipes, I created an entire Skinny Cinco De Mayo Pinterest Board with all the recipes to quickly browse if you are a visual person like me. Enjoy!!



Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Salsa Verde
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 145 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 5 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 415 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 lbs raw skinless chicken tenders
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • 16 oz roasted salsa verde (I used Archer Farms)

Ingredients:

Season chicken with garlic powder, oregano, cumin and salt and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover with salsa verde, cover and cook HIGH 2 hours.


Remove chicken, shred with 2 forks. Remove 2/3 cup of liquid from the slow cooker, and discard (unless you want it over rice). Place shredded chicken back into the crock pot with remaining salsa, adjust seasoning to taste if needed and keep warm.


Makes about 3 cups.

130 comments :

  1. This makes my mouth water. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'm single and cooking for myself. Do you think I could freeze half and save it for later?

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    1. Absolutely! I've been making this for years and love to have a bag or three in the freezer for quick meals.

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    2. Do you freeze it before or after cooking?

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    3. Are you seriously asking that question?

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    4. You can freeze before or after! We buy bulk steaks & chicken at Costco, season them with olive oil & Red Robin season, bag them up raw, freeze them & thaw when we're ready to grill. They are FABULOUS!

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    5. @Robbie Gildenblatt -- I thought the same thing.

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  3. We have bought that salsa verde before.. Its delicious!!!!! We definitely think this recipe is a home run!!

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  4. we have been doing this with their salsa verde for months now! LOVE theirs the best! it's so good. :)

    We usually make burrito bowls with the chicken, black beans, brown rice or quinoa, corn, cilantro, tomatoes, cheese, and avocado. GOOD STUFF! :)

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  5. This looks yummy!! I would prepare this before going to work, would I set the crock pot on low (6-8hrs) so its ready when I get home? I am new to using a crock pot and want to make sure the chicken & salsa would be ok for this amount of time!
    Thank you!!

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    1. I wouldn't cook chicken breasts that long, especially not 8 hours. Why not cook it in the evening when you are home for the next day.

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    2. It doesn't need to cook that long, 4 hours max.

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    4. Your crock pot should be able to cook it for the 4hrs and then have a keep warm the kicks on once that is done.

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    5. Would we cook it on low for 4 hours or high? Thanks!!

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    6. yes you can put it on low for 8 hours in the crock pot. I do that all of the time. It will then just fall apart very easily when you shred it. Yum.

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    7. I cooked mine on high for 2 hours like the recipe states and my chicken wasn't completely cooked, and far from shreddable. I put it back in for 2 more hours.

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    8. I just made the recipe tonight and it was perfectly cooked after two hours on high. I bought chicken breasts instead of tenders and cut them in quarters before cooking because they were so thick. If I had left them whole then it would have taken longer to cook. Delicious!

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  6. I'm on a total Mexican kick these days. Just made your chicken enchiladas, tonight I'm having tacos and I think tostadas are in order as well. Now, if I can keep away from the margaritas then I'll be in good shape ;)I've gotta tighten it up for summer so that I can look good while I drink margaritas in my bathing suit.

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  7. This looks so good! If I were to use chicken breast instead of tenders, does the cook time need to be adusted?

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  8. I roast the largest chicken I can find for dinner on night one. Then the leftover chicken is used for enchiladas verde on night two. The shredded chicken picked off the carcass is heated in purchased salsa verde.

    This doesn't work so well using store-roasted chicken because those chickens are generally smaller and there's too little leftover meat for more than maybe one sandwich. But, I've often gotten enough chicken meat for three different meals from one large home-roasted fresh chicken.

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  9. I love this! I make it for the car races (we race so we are there all day) and serve it with rice... it's a huge hit!
    I actually use 1-2 bags of frozen chicken breasts and 1 jar of the salsa!

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    1. When you use frozen chicken breasts, do you cook at the same time/temp?

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  10. We also add in black beans and corn at the end and eat it over rice. My girls (5 & 8) count this as one of their winner dinners.

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  11. Do you have a suggestion for how to cook this without a crock pot?

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    1. Emma - I've made other Skinnytaste slowcooker recipes on the stove before, but usually those that call for whole chicken breasts, which take about 40-45 minutes to cook. I'd assume chicken tenders cook up much faster though. Gina, what do you think?

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    2. I buy frozen chicken tenders and let them defrost in the fridge--usually two days, letting them marinate in whatever during that time frame. Oven at 375, let'em go 25 minutes and they're a perfect 165 internal temp--and juicy.

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  12. Yum! I was going to make crockpot Santa Fe chicken (a regular here in our house) but may just have to switch it up tomorrow night! This looks great!

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  13. Wonderful! Can't wait to try it out :)

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  14. Looks SO tasty and simple! I'm going to make this for our party this weekend. What are the garnishes on top in the first picture?

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    1. It's jalapeno, cabbage slaw and cheese, I'm going to calculate and post tomorrow.

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    2. does the cabbage slaw have any dressing on it? It looks like it's just shredded cabbage which is fine by me. Cabbage is soooo good for you!

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    3. lime juice and cilantro, posting today

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  15. This is awesome, making this tonight! :) Thanks for recipe

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  16. I'm totally making this for my Cuatro de Mayo / early birthday dinner party on Saturday. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. LOL, love that! Happy Birthday Joe!!!

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  17. Oh my goodness we were just looking for a chicken tostada recipe because we forgot the black beans for your crock pot chicken taco recipe. This will work PERFECTLY!! You are awesome!

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  18. This looks amazing!!

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  19. This makes me realize that I really need to pull out my slow cooker more often. What a simple, flavorful meal!

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    1. Yes, keep it on your counter and you'll use it more :)

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  20. Just started the crock pot for this recipe a few minutes ago. I used frozen chicken, so I've got concerns on that. As with every recipe I find online, I double the spices... but I don't even have a 1/8 tsp spoon! So I went 1/2 tsp on everything but the garlic powder, 1/4 tsp on that.

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    1. When I cook for myself, I never measure the spices, I just eyeball it. Frozen I would imaging would take longer.

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  21. Looks delicious! I have to say that MANY of the Archer Farms products are little hidden gems at Target. They tend to be less expensive and of good quality. Thanks for posting this recipe-- I look forward to trying it! :)

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  22. I love it and dam I love that Target too!!!

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  23. Gina - this looks delicious! I have never seen "roasted" salsa verde around here. If I can't find it, would regular salsa verde work? Maybe I could toast it in a frying pan first for a bit (like the tomatos in the salsa roja?)?

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    1. Sure, any salsa verde would work you can even make your own.

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  24. Waaah! No slow-cooker in my household...alas! Could I possibly do this in a RICE COOKER? Anyone? This is a perfect skinny solution to satifying Cinco de Mayo fare, and easy to "paleofy" over cauliflower tortillas or riced celery root or cauliflower.
    Thanks Gina!

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  25. Is this really spicy?

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  26. Can you tell us what else you put on the tortillas in the picture? Thanks!

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  27. Looks amazing, like all your other recipes! I don't have a slow cooker but I do have a dutch oven and I've always wondered for many of your crockpot recipes, what temperature and time to cook for?

    it would be great as well if you can provide that info for all your other crockpot recipes! thanks in advance!

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  28. Gina, your crockpot recipes are the best. Since I found your website, my poor crockpot has been getting a workout. I'll also second the posts praising the Archer Farms sauces, they're out of this world. Thanks for the great recipes.

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  29. I made this last night and it was easiest dinner I ever made. Throw it all together in the crock pot. When my daughters and I came home from soccer practice the whole house smelled wonderful. It was delicious, mouth watering. Thank you for the recipe.

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  30. This would be great over your cilantro lime rice! Can't wait to make it.

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  32. I make a similar recipe and it is one of our favorites! Always so good and like you said so versatile!

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  33. I don't have a crock pot, but I couldn't pass this recipe up. It worked beautifully in the dutch oven for 1 1/2 hours at 335 degrees.

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  34. Any ideas on how to replicate this without a crock pot?

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    1. And... I just saw Heather's comment. Nevermind! :)

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  35. Made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious! This may be an extremely dumb question, but I am a novice when it comes to slow cooking... If I were to double the recipe, do I need to double the cooking time??

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    1. I'm right there with you Kara! Would I literally double everything, even though you dump out some sauce at the end?

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    2. Cooking time should be the same I think.

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  36. G'day! Looks delish, TRUE!
    This would also be great for entertaining too!
    Cheers!
    Joanne T Ferguson
    What's On The List?
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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  37. This sounds amazing but i do not own a crockpot. Can this still be done?

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  38. Just made this today. It's DELISH!!! I'm using it to make your tostadas. Thanks for another great (and WW friendly) recipe. :)

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  39. Help! Using four chicken breast! Still just 2 hours?

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  40. This was amazing. My only tip is that if you have hungry teenagers, double the chicken and leave the sauce the same. My family demolished the 1.5 lbs of chicken and a bunch of rice and tortillas. They loved it!

    Thanks so much for your healthy, delicious recipes!

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  41. Totally yummy and my fave kind of recipe - super easy. I used it on whole wheat tortillas with cheese, green onion, tomatoes & sour cream.

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    1. That's what I was thinking of doing. Thanks Rosemary!

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  42. We really enjoyed this. Made it into soft tacos for dinner tonight, and topped it with the Southwestern Black Bean Salad (and other taco toppings). I doubled the spices on the chicken. Very tasty!

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    1. Glad to see this worked! I was thinking of doing the same thing. :)

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  43. This is looking really good, Going to try it and I'm thinking it will be great for a Birthday Party...ty..with love Janice

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  44. I made this tonight and put mine into a spaghetti squash boat (with lots of cheese on top!) since I liked your other recipe for that so much. I loved it that way for my low carb diet!

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  45. I just made this for lunch, and good heavens it's delicious!!!! I put mine on a low carb tortilla with a layer of low sodium refried beans, then the chicken on top. It's a definite winner!!!

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  46. Wow - made this yesterday afternoon & it really is just as simple & delicious as described! Everyone in the family loved it - not too spicy, but flavorful! Definitely going into the recipe box!

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  47. I just had lunch using Target's Archer Farms Vindaloo Simmer Sauce and two chicken breasts in the crock pot on 2 hours on high. It came out really delicious and was inspired by this recipe, I just happened to have the Vindaloo in the cabinet. Used a whole jar and definitely could have done more than 2 breasts, but I wasn't sure how it would come out. The chicken is perfectly pullable, moist and has great Indian-inspired flavor.

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  48. The chicken I intended to use went bad so I pulled out a couple frozen tilapia filets. I also used the Salsa Verde from TJs instead. In just under 2 hours it was perfect. Yummy and simple...my favorite.

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  49. Awesome recipe. I tried something a bit new with it once it was done. I used 1/4 cup in an egg white omelette. So good with some shredded Jack cheese with fruit for breaky. Point friendly and filling. Thanks!

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  50. I did this in my pressure cooker! 15 minutes to relish!! Thanks Gina, your blog has changed my life!

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  51. This looks like such a delicious (and easy) recipe! I love anything that includes salsa. :) Please feel free to share with our G+ Community, The Crock Pot Crowd! We welcome recipes from bloggers!

    http://bit.ly/Zmy5vZ

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  52. So I have three frozen chicken breasts...High for only 2hours!?! Help!

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  53. Gina thank you so much for this great recipe. I love the fact that you have pictures, it's so helpful. My entire family loved it and it was even better the next day on top of rice. You are awesome

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  54. This has become one of our absolute favorite recipes! We're having it tomorrow night with cilantro brown rice and all kinds of yummy toppings.

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  55. Made this tonight! It was delicious! We could not find tostada shells despite looking in multiple grocery stores and Target, so just went with regular Ortega taco shells, which were 3 pts for 3. With the verde + shells (and some cabbage slaw mix on top) it was about 6 pts! This was SO easy to make in the crockpot it is def going to be one of our staple recipes. Love it!

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  56. Hi, I have made this for my boyfriend and I before and it is delicious! I am hosting a small party this evening (about 10 people) should I just double the recipe? Will it take the same amount of time to cook?

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  57. These are fantastic! And the lime cabbage slaw is imperative. I made the slaw about 2.5 hours before serving and the cabbage soaked up the lime and was wonderful.

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  58. Do you think this will turn out the same if I use skinless chicken breasts instead of chicken tenders?

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  59. I was surprised to see the cook time only 2 hours on high as opposed to the 4 hours on high I usually see for chicken breasts for shredding. I'm planning to make this for a pot luck lunch so will probably use breasts or more tenders and am just a little nervous that the chicken won't be done and/or won't be tender enough to shred easily. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

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    1. We made this last night and ended up having to cook on high for almost 4 hrs. I don't know if it was because we used breasts instead of tenders, but we thin cut the breasts and it still almost took 4 hrs...

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    2. I made this last night using about 3lbs. of chicken breast. I just cut them in half and doubled the salsa verde. I also cooked it on high for 3 hours instead of 2, and they were perfect. Some pieces were even falling apart as I was removing them from the crock pot.

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  60. Does anyone know if the salsa verde is gluten free? I cant find the ingredients list online anywhere. Thanks!

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  61. Bought the Salsa at Target. Did not make it to the crockpot. Ate with chips. So good. Will try again tomorrow. LOL

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  62. We made this last night and it was so good! I used Kroger brand salsa verde cuz I rarely get to Target but I think it tasted better than when my friend made it for me using the Target Salsa Verde! I do want to say we had to cook nearly 4 hrs instead of 2, but that could have been my crock pot. Its pretty and pink so I don't mind if it isn't the most efficient ;)

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  63. This was so good and so easy - my husband requested it again this week. I am tripling the recipe for those lazy days :)

    Your recipes are the best, I can't wait for your book to come out so I can support you. I have made dozens of things from this site and everything has been flavorful and delicious. I love that you don't use a lot of processed foods.

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  64. Wonderful!!!! Put the chicken in tortilla shells! Yum!

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  65. Tried this tonight using Herdez Salsa Verde and chicken breasts. Served atop shredded romaine with seasoned black beans, red onions, cilantro, with some Mexican cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Fantastic! (And under 300 calories for the meal :-) Reminded me of a Chipotle-style salad.

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  66. Thanks Gina!
    Everything went perfectly, and my brother and boyfriend loved it! Totally worth finally getting a crock pot. We had the chicken in tortillas piled high with tomato, lettuce, beans, and a little cheese, and smothered the burritos in leftover sauce. Very awesome!

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  67. Made this today! Family loved it. I actually only used a 8 oz can of the salsa verde, and it turned out fine.

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  68. I've made this for the 2nd time, and my family really enjoys it. I love that it cooks in just 2 hours (I suppose because chicken tenders are skinnier and cook faster). The first time I used the Target brand salsa verde, and this time I used the Herdez brand. Both worked well. I upped the cumin to a full teaspoon in the recipe, and added cilantro at the end. We served ours over rice, with roasted peppers and carrots on the side. So good!

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  69. My husband made this for us and declared it was the easiest recipe ever. When I thanked him for making it, he said he didn't actually do anything ;) (those are the kinds of recipes I like!)

    We have a super crock pot that cooks everything really fast and since I rely on it while I'm at work, I'm not able to shut it off. I had him add a 1/2 c of chicken broth just so it wouldn't get dried out but otherwise left the recipe as it was. It was soooo good! We used the Herdez brand of salsa and served it on tortillas with cheese, corn, and sour cream. Delicious!

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  70. Looks amazing but can't find the recipe for the slaw you have on the top.

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  71. This is one of my favorites! So easy to make and so delicious! I couldn't find regular salsa verde, but my supermarket had an Avocado Verde, so I tried it. Not spicy at all, but creamy and flavorful. My young children loved the chicken with the shredded Mexican cheese, and my husband probably ate 4 tostadas all by himself! The cabbage slaw is super easy and delicious too! Definitely going in the regular rotation.

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  72. This is a super easy recipe and it is DELICIOUS! Gina, you are amazing and I am very grateful to you for your recioes. You've helped my family be even more intentional about healthy choices- my husband and I have lost over 160lbs on ww. Your recioes have helped us keep it off for several years! Keep up the great work!

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  73. If I am cooking 6 pounds of chicken, how long would you set the crockpot for and on high or low? Thank you!

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  74. Once again, you deliver a delicious recipe. We've made so many of your recipes and never have been disappointed. It's shocking how good they are and still healthy. I prefer your recipes over a lot of full fat/calorie recipes out there. Thank you so much! Delicious! The kids liked it as well :)

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  75. Made this tonight in the Pressure Cooker! I used 3 chicken breasts from Sams Club, Cooked it for 20 minutes to perfection! DELICIOUS!

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  76. It's in the crockpot now for the 3rd time in a week. I use the chicken to make quesadillas with reduced fat cheddar and jalapenos and serve it with fat free sour cream and your southwestern black bean salad. Hubby is addicted and so am I. Thanks for all your amazing recipes Gina!

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  77. Made these into nachos tonight topped with cheese tomatoes and jalapeños. Perfect food for playoffs! They were amazing!! Thanks Gina!

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  78. Made this today with chicken breasts in the crock pot. I missed the part about removing some of the liquid so they were a little soupy but delicious. I shredded the chicken in the kitchen aid mixer with a beater blade. So quick! Wish I had cabbage but it was great with lettuce and scallions.

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  79. I make this all the time! It is delicious and so easy! The first handful of times I could not for the life of me find tostadas anywhere. That turned out to be fine. I found hard taco shells that are 3 for 3 points (I still do OLD WW point system.) I evenly distribute the 1/2 cup serving between shells, add lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese. That is THREE tacos for 6 (old) WW pts! Also good as a dip of sorts w/nacho chips.
    We are having it tonight. I def. recommend!

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  80. Made this the other day, awesome stuff. ( ゚▽゚ )

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  81. Can I make this with red salsa instead of the green?

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  82. I made this tonight, used it to fill burritos for my husband and I. We both thought it was great. I took 1.5 cups of the left overs and mashed it with an avocado, salt, sriracha, and a little lime juice for chicken salad sandwiches tomorrow, and still have enough left over for enchiladas with black beans and green sauce for dinner! Wonderful base recipe!

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  83. Yum! I made this on the stove top since I do not have a lead free crock pot (I am on of THOSE people). Simmer it for half an hour with a lid on low-medium for those of you who are crock potless.

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  84. I made this exactly as the recipe stated and it came out PERFECT! :) Loved it, thanks so much!
    Chicken was done after 2 hours on high, I shredded it, took out some liquid and put it back in to warm with just a little more fresh salsa and spices to get the flavor back. (After cooking for a while, the spices tend to get muted)

    It as great and so easy!

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  85. I made this the other day and have been experimenting with different ways of serving it. Today, I mixed 1/2 a cup of the salsa verde chicken with 1/2 cup of black beans and added it to a lettuce wrap. I made some fresh pico de gallo and sliced up a bit of red bell pepper and wrapped it all together! It was absolutely delicious! This will definitely be a staple recipe in my family.

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  86. Can you use frozen chicken with this recipe? I bought 2 lbs frozen chicken at Trader Joes and wondering if I need to defrost or just cook it frozen.

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