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Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Recipe

Prepared salsa and convenient canned corn and beans add fun color, texture and flavor to Karen Water's tender chicken dish. "I usually serve it with salad and white rice," suggests the Laurel, Maryland cook. "Our children love it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the corn, black beans and 1/2 cup salsa. Top with chicken and remaining salsa.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 348 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 1027mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 33g protein.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken

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irenegarza90 User ID: 8660188 239285
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"This is a complet meal, easy and healthy I love it!!! I like with white rice."

smagal User ID: 5715837 23215
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"Really good considering how easy and healthy it is, everyone in my family liked it. I added 3 cups of cooked rice when it was about ready and added some taco seasoning too."

equestsarah81 User ID: 5110682 30007
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"This was a GREAT recipe and the best part is that it is SO EASY!!! Family loved it! I used 1 can corn & 1 can Mexicorn and added some garlic powder, taco seasoning & chili powder. And I too made Spanish rice to go with it. But I topped this on the Spanish Rice (I used Rice-A-Roni's Spanish rice). I think I will add this to my quick fix recipes...! :)"

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 202792
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This was so easy and smelled so good when I came home from work. I only fixed Mex. rice and dinner was served. Everyone said this was one to repeat."

cbybee User ID: 3897502 66829
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Have made this dish several times, so easy and full of flavor."

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 48573
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"So good and easy!"

finalboss User ID: 4644582 22424
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"We love this dish. I make it almost every week. We serve it with Spanish rice or in tortillas. Very flavorful, quick, & easy."

Jaimiwill1 User ID: 7385037 59095
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"I have made this recipe several times, and it's a favorite in our house. I add some spices to the top of chicken before topping with salsa. I add garlic salt, rosemary, cayenne and chili powder. ( I didn't always do it, and it was great before too, but just a little extra kick). Anyways, I love it!!!"

sldgub User ID: 6467130 59087
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"So easy to make, my husband & kids loved it. I made Spanish rice on the side to go with it & used flour tortillas to wrap it all up in. This one is a favorite and have made it a few times. So easy to throw in the crock pot in the morning & have dinner ready after work."

jaybabe_123 User ID: 5537162 83151
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"My family and I LOVE this recipe. The other night, I didn't have time to thaw the chicken in time to get it into the crock pot for 6 hours. I put the ingredients into my electric skillet, and it worked wonderfully: very tender and flavorful either way I've prepared it!"

Mrsejfrog User ID: 10155 23214
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"I love this recipe! Use a good salsa. I use a little bit more salsa on top of chicken. I put frozen corn with beans. It comes out wonderful!"

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 23969
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"Super easy, really tasty. Definitely a keeper. It took only 3 hours to cook. Great with a little sour cream and some crunched up tortilla chips on top. Delicious!"

minimaus User ID: 1816667 23205
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"It had no taste I mean I will never make it again"

djd_13 User ID: 3748421 30034
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"A regular on the menu at my house. Stir in a bit of chili powder for some added flavor."

joy cooking User ID: 5576389 52875
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"LOVE this recipe. Simple and tasty. Make sure you use a good salsa!"

olgamold User ID: 5759599 23967
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"The top line says 3 hours cooking time and the recipe inside ask to cook it for 7-8 hours?! How long shoudl I cook meat in teh slow cooker???"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2516097 48572
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I'm an expat living in Honduras. If I can find Cheddar cheese somewhere, I plan to make this for the 4th sounds wonderful! And easy!"

kaonke User ID: 5624175 24207
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"This recipe was so easy to make and tasted great. We had leftovers that I am going to use for chicken fajitas."

abzellie User ID: 5653169 48571
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"My kids LOVE this dish! I make it often to deliver meals to families, and all have asked for the recipe. I have adapted it to cook in the oven. It doesn't produce as much liquid, and it is still incredibly simple to make. We like it served with yellow rice, and sometimes in tortillas!"

HorribleSanity User ID: 4758393 202791
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"Really good. I served mine over brown rice and topped with sour cream and fritos (we ran out of Doritos). Leftovers will become tacos. Easy, tasty, and cheap. It's a keeper in my house. If you want some extra flavoring in this recipe, stir in some cream cheese the last half hour of cooking."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 23197
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I would defininitly make this again...the ease of preparation is the best part. Used an oval crock pot hoping to get the cheese to cover all the chicken, not. Will use the leftover chicken next day for chicken quesadillas since most of the chicken was not covered in cheese. Maybe too big of breasts. Either way got to have CHEESE!!!"

DSachse User ID: 4422875 83149
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"This couldn't be better for a fall football weekend! The simple ingredientsand the hearty flavor will make it a favorite. I found the recipe 2weeks ago and am already making it for the second time."

adrianmeff User ID: 3834491 50540
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"I've had this recipe before but used equal parts corn (frozen because that's what I had) and beans and added 8 ounces of cream cheese (at room temperature and cut into chunks) in after the chicken was cooked and cooked it all until the cream cheese melted. I cut the chicken into smaller chunks and spooned the mixture over rice. It was really tasty."

mrseaster User ID: 1462395 66804
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Saw this recipe in a cookbook I picked up from the store checkout counter. This is super easy and tasted delicious. I used a bag of frozen chicken breasts and it was wonderful. Will make again."

sassiesteph19 User ID: 4255339 83143
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I make this quite often. I like to add sliced onions and green peppers and serve over rice."

JansFood User ID: 1340355 47638
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Very tasty. I used mild salsa, but next time will add some with more "heat." Since my crock pot is smaller than the 5-quart called for, I used 1 can each of the corn and black beans and 4 breasts. It did produce a lot of liquid. The recipe is definitely a keeper!"

cheerndanzmom User ID: 478666 83140
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"Very easy to do and was really good. It's a keeper. Thanks"

jshockling User ID: 1433705 83139
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Wow...this was yummy and do easy! I even used frozen chicken breasts, and it turned out great. As dbbeachbaby said, left overs are sure the be great in tortillas. I didn't even have to do the shredding as the chicken was so tender that it fell apart in the crock pot."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 47636
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2008

"This recipe was really easy to prep and tasted good!"

dbbeachbaby User ID: 1512925 59084
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2008

"What an awesome recipe! I had all of the ingredients on hand and it was probably one of the easiest recipes I've ever prepared. I used a little extra salsa, as the jar I had was 26 oz., and my cooking time was a little less - about 4.5 - 5 hours on low. Everyone loved it and I shredded the chicken and added the rice to the chicken / salsa and am going to have the mixture in tortillas tomorrow. Wonderful recipe."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.