Salsa Verde Chicken (Slow Cooker)

This Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy slow cooker recipe! The chicken, tomatillos, poblano peppers, jalapenos, and other simple ingredients go right in the slow cooker – no precooking steps are needed. A few hours later, you get tender, juicy chicken coated in a bright, flavorful verde sauce. Spoon it over rice and add your favorite toppings for a delicious dinner.

salsa verde chicken on rice with guacamole and tortilla strips.

If we’re going to haul out the slow cooker, let’s do it for a very good reason. Like for this salsa verde chicken – it’s one of my favorite reasons to lug the crockpot out of its dark hidey-hole.

It’s the best of what I love about crockpot cooking: easy to prep, low-maintenance, and the result is so delicious I think I’ll double the recipe from now on. The tender chicken coated in that bright and fresh salsa verde is fantastic straight out of the crock pot, but the leftovers are even better.

salsa verde chicken in a bowl with rice.


  • Olive oil
  • Tomatillos – peel off the papery outsides and give them a good rinse to remove the sticky residue.
  • Canned diced jalapenos – I like canned because it’s one less thing to chop, but use fresh if you like! Or, try using the same amount of canned diced green chile.
  • Diced onion – If you want to save time (like me!), use frozen chopped onion. It’s so easy.
  • Poblano pepper cut into 2″ pieces
  • Chopped garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – Boneless, skinless chicken thighs would work well, too.
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice

Heat level: You can control how spicy this is by using mild or hot jalapenos or a combo.

ingredients for slow cooker salsa verde chicken.

How to Make Slow Cooker Verde Chicken

Drizzle the olive oil into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Cut the tomatillos into quarters and place them in the slow cooker. Add the jalapeno, onion, poblano pepper, garlic, and salt. Give it a stir.

Place the chicken breasts on top of the veggies and then secure the lid.

the chicken and salsa verde ingredients in the slow cooker before and after they are cooked.

Cook on low for three to four hours or until the chicken is 165°F in the thickest part.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks or cut it into bite-sized pieces.

the chunky salsa verde before and after it's pureed with the chicken and cilantro added.

You can leave the salsa verde chunky or puree it. I like to use an immersion blender to make it really smooth.

Add the chicken back to the sauce along with the lime juice and cilantro. Stir, and it’s ready to serve!

salsa verde chicken in a slow cooker and a spoonful of it being lifted from the slow cooker.

Recipe Tips

  • If the sauce is thin, leave the lid off the slow cooker and set the heat level to high. Let the sauce reduce and thicken for about 10 minutes.
  • I love this salsa verde chicken in a bowl spooned over rice or cauliflower rice. If you’re feeling extra, make some cilantro lime rice to go with it.
  • Don’t forget some toppings! I love guacamole or diced avocado, sliced green onions or cilantro, and a few crunchy tortilla strips.
  • The leftovers are so good – keep them in an airtight container for several days in the fridge. Or you can store them in the freezer for a few months.

The flavors in this dish are so good – bright, fresh, and light. I hope you try this slow cooker salsa verde chicken recipe soon!

a bowl of verde chicken with rice and and guacamole.

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Salsa Verde Chicken (Slow Cooker)

salsa verde chicken on rice with guacamole and tortilla strips.

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  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican-American


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound tomatillos
  • 1 (4-oz) can diced jalapenos or diced green chiles
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

Optional For Serving

  • Cooked rice
  • Diced avocado or guacamole
  • Chopped cilantro or sliced green onions
  • Tortilla chips or crushed tortilla chips


  1. Drizzle the olive oil into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos, rinse the tomatillos, and cut them into quarters. Place them in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the jalapenos, onion wedges, poblano pepper, garlic, and salt to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  4. Place the chicken breast on top of the vegetables.
  5. Place the lid on top and cook for three to four hours on low or until the chicken is 165°F in the thickest part.
  6. Take the chicken out of the slow cooker. Stir the salsa verde, so it’s well combined. You can use an immersion blender to puree the sauce, or you can leave it chunky.
  7. Shred the chicken and place it back in the salsa verde along with the chopped cilantro and lime juice. Stir and then serve it over rice with the toppings.


Cooking tip: If the salsa verde sauce is thin and/or watery, turn the slow cooker to high and leave the sauce in the slow cooker with the lid off until it reduces – it should only take 10 minutes or so. Add the chicken back in once the sauce is thickened.


  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 7.3g
  • Sodium: 260.3mg
  • Fat: 22.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.6g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 27.4g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

One Comment

  1. The flavors are outstanding! This also is great to go over eggs … and probably many other things. Thanks for yet another wonderful and easy recipe.

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