Southwest Chicken Recipe
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Southwest Chicken Recipe

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Chicken is cooked until tender and combined with corn, beans, cheese, and salsa for a delicious meal with Southwestern flair. The garnishes really complete the meal.—Maddymoo, Taste of Home Online Community
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) mild salsa
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • Sweet red and yellow pepper strips, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 234 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, layer three-fourths each of the corn and beans and half of the salsa. Arrange chicken over salsa; top with remaining corn, beans and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Shred chicken with two forks and return to the slow cooker; heat through. Top with the peppers, sour cream, cheese and onions if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p51

Sweet White Wine

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

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caridarrow User ID: 6074497 254236
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"What a great recipe! It was easy to make and we all loved it. I will make again and again."

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 248909
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"This is a great recipe. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts and it was very good that way as well. It could use some salt and pepper, or add more salsa later in the cooking time. Next time I might add a can of green chilies."

meaganteal User ID: 814898 234318
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Loved this and so simple. I put my chicken in frozen. This was perfect for today since we had baseball all day. I put it on at 11, came home at 2:45, and shredded the chicken, then left for game two. By the time we got home at 6:30, it was done. I made mine on a low carb tortilla, the hubby as a rice bowl. We are using the leftovers for nachos and salads the rest of the week!"

Parkhart User ID: 8132484 233780
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"This was delicious and very easy to make!"

Cbollom User ID: 8275415 227895
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Delicious and simple to make...made the recipe as instructed. Next time i will probably use pepper jack cheese and cilantro..and top it off with Avocado! Yum Yum.."

boisegrams User ID: 7944289 223626
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"Very simple recipe with good flavor. Nice economical weeknight dinner. I had all the ingredients on hand except black beans. I used kidney beans instead, which worked fine."

TheDix User ID: 607421 219646
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"I followed the recipe closely, but added no garnishes. It was delicious, so easy. I served it over brown rice, but it would be delicious as a burrito filling also. This one's a keeper, and I look forward to making it again and again."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 101021
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"I cut this in half and made it in the 1.5 qt slow cooker. The chicken was very moist and flavorful not to mention the meat fell right apart. I cook it for 12 hours. I had to use cream of corn and black eyed peas since I didn't have any black beans but my husband really enjoyed it. He even liked it without the cheese"

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 101013
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Good recipe. I used my homemade salsa, added a little garlic, cilantro, and a touch of salt. Pretty good and easy to make."

smstevens User ID: 2380968 186358
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Love this recipe. We took this camping and it was a perfect meal. You can dress it up or just eat plain. I am passing out the reicpe to all my friends."

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