Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken

Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken - keep this in the fridge for quick meals!
I created this recipe last winter when I was in a freezer-meal frenzy. Having freezer meals ready to pull out right after you have a baby is THE BOMB. Before our little man made his appearance I had about 21 meals worth of stuff in the freezer, and I still have a container of this chicken left.

I mentioned my pre-baby freezer prep on Instagram and a few of you asked about freezer-friendly meals, so I added a Freezer-Friendly category in my index. (You’re welcome!) These are recipes that I have either frozen myself or ones that I would see no trouble with freezing. This time around I froze mostly soups, chili, layered casserole-type things, and lots of shredded, slow-cooked meat. Shredded meat isn’t a stand-alone meal, but it can give you a head start if you’ve got some produce in the fridge. You can also freeze large batches of tortillas, pancakes, waffles, and cookie dough. I didn’t add those things to the category — just dinners.

So ya, this chicken is super flavorful. You just whip up a quick sauce in the blender and pour it over the chicken. You could throw the ingredients in without blending, also. I did it so my kids wouldn’t freak out over the chile and onion chunks. #sneaky

It’s especially good over some Southwest Cabbage Slaw (like the photo) or some Romaine lettuce with homemade Ranch, guacamole, and a sprinkle of Mexican cotija cheese (if you’re a cheese-eater. Like me.)

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Shredded Green Chile Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Shredded Green Chile Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

This slow cooker green chile chicken is such a versatile recipe -- great on tacos, salads, nachos, lettuce wraps...and on and on and on.


  • 4 4-ounce cans of mild (or hot) diced green chiles
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded (seeding optional)
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime (about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 5-6 pounds of uncooked chicken (I used boneless, skinless breasts)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions


  1. Combine chiles, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, jalapeno, and lime in a blender or large food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place chicken in a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Pour chile mixture over top. Push the chicken around a bit so the chile mixture can go in between all of the pieces.
  3. Close and cook for 4 hours on high or about 6 hours on low.
  4. Remove chicken, shred, and place back into the slow cooker. Stir in cilantro and green onions and season, if necessary.


Nat's Note: You don't have to blend the sauce. You could just add all those ingredients straight into the slow cooker. I blend so my kids don't freak out by seeing chunks of chile and onion.

Instant Pot Instructions: Put the chicken and blended green chile mix into the insert pot of your pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes (30 minutes if you're using closer to 6 lbs of chicken). Let the cooker release pressure naturally for 15 minutes, and then release the rest of the pressure by moving the steam valve to "venting". Shred chicken and return it to the green chile sauce. Add the cilantro and sliced green onions.