Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

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    It's so easy to make your own salsa verde at home and turn it into an awesome slow cooker chicken dish!

    Yesterday was a bad morning ’cause you all know how much I love my coffee, right?! So, I ruined two cups of coffee because I didn’t think to sniff the half-and-half prior to putting it into our cups of coffee :( I made myself an iced coffee with my newly brewed batch of cold-brew and then started to make Jason’s. When I poured the half-and-half into his, clumps came out of the container and that’s when I was like ‘oh crap’ and decided to smell it. Argh! I should’ve paid more attention to the expiration date :) sigh, lesson learned, right? Not a huge deal, we just had to go *gasp* buy our coffee from a coffee shop instead of having a homemade cup. I know, it’s such a terrible thing. Just kidding :)

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    It's so easy to make your own salsa verde at home and turn it into an awesome slow cooker chicken dish!

    I always bought salsa verde in a jar and I finally made it at home from scratch and WOW the difference! There really is a big difference in homemade vs. store-bought. The flavors are way more pronounced in the homemade version than in the store-bought and I love that you can tweak it to your liking when making it at home. This slow cooker salsa verde chicken is a fairly easy dish to put together. You first broil all the ingredients for the salsa verde then blend it and then pour it all over the chicken in the slow cooker. The chicken gets to take a nice long, hot bath in the flavors of the salsa verde and after 4 hours, you get the most tender chicken and delicious sauce to go with it! We served ours with quinoa, but you’re certainly welcome to serve it with any other carb that you like.

    It's so easy to make your own salsa verde at home and turn it into an awesome slow cooker chicken dish!

    Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

    It's so easy to make your own salsa verde at home and turn it into an awesome slow cooker chicken dish!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 4 hrs
    Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 358kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed
    • 2 poblano chiles, stemmed and seeded
    • 1 medium onion, quartered
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
    • Juice of 1/2 a lime
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup chicken stock
    • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, you can use chicken breast but fair warning the dish might be slightly dry


    • Preheat broiler.
    • In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients, tossing to coat. Spread onto an even layer on a jelly roll baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes, or until there are blackened spots on the tomatillos and chiles.
    • Place the mixture in a blender along with the cilantro, oregano, juice of 1/2 a lime, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, and chicken stock. Place lid on the blender, remove the center piece so air/steam can escape, and place a towel over the lid. Blend until the mixture is no longer clumpy but a smooth mixture.
    • In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, add the chicken then pour the salsa verde over the chicken. Cook on low for 4 hours.
    • Serve with quinoa or any other grain/carb you like.


    For paleo: use olive oil for the canola oil and arrowroot powder for the cornstarch.
    Adapted from Cooking Light, December 2013
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 358 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 11g12%
    Protein 37g74%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Oh man, I hate when I ruin a cup ‘o joe! The worst start to the day for sure.
    I LOVE make homemade salsa verde, and I love my slow cooker even more…so this is a winner winner chicken dinner!
    Had to. Pinned!

  • Tieghan says:

    This chicken looks awesome! I have yet to make salsa verde, but I need to!

  • Jacki @ Two Forks One Love says:

    The slow cooker has been my savior this week — it’s 81 and humid at 8:30 am in DC. I’m not turning the oven on until this humidity takes a hike.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Love that you’re sharing a slow cooker dish in the Summer! Totally a year round appliance :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    How fun is this homemade salsa verde?! Totally trying it!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    We love salsa verde and this is a great summer dinner idea!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Um, this is genius! Love these flavors, Julie!

  • Maria says:

    Love salsa verde!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Ah, great minds! I made a shredded chicken version of this with a cooking class last week, and agree — homemade salsa verde is SO much better fresh!! Looks delicious! :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    Obsessed with homemade Salsa Verde, and the slow cooker is such a good idea for avoiding the hot kitchen!! And yes, I occasionally say “it’s a cinch!”

  • Amanda says:

    Salsa verde chicken is the best! Definitely trying your homemade version :)

  • marla says:

    LOVE verde sauce!! Count me in for dinner :)

  • Michelle S. says:

    Oh man! Can’t wait to try this…will definitely post my family’s verdict. And yes…love that it’s a cinch! (I’ll help you bring it back…cinch!) :p

  • Tisi3;D says:

    I’ve been looking for a slow cooker recipe that’s different and doesn’t take 8 hours to cook for these boiling hot summer days.
    This is perfect! Thank you,Julie!

  • Gaby says:

    This sounds so delicious!

  • Norma V. says:

    This looks pretty yummy, my husband loves salsa verde. I will have to try this! Thanks!

  • Kathryn says:

    Love, love, love the flavours in this!

  • mimi says:

    I’m so glad you made your own green sauce – there’s no comparison! A wonderful recipe. Did you see my baked tomatillo brie? I could spread chile verde on just about everything!!!

  • francesca says:

    Love salsa verde… and your napkins here!

  • Meredith says:

    Slow cooker meals are the way to go during the hot summer months!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says:

    I can drink salsa verde through a straw. Love your recipe.

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    This looks amazing Julie. I love verde! For the 4th – well – I did an amazing job of messing up my fireworks photos. = epic fail! :-)

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane says:

    Oooh nooo … that has happened to me many times at work where I don’t get through my coffee milk very quickly. So disappointing! The chicken sounds so so flavoursome, and of course it’s a bonus that you can throw it in the slow cooker and end up with a super tasty and tender meal.
    P.S. I don’t think any one told me ‘cinch’ was out of fashion because I think I just used it in a recent post. Haha!

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