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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
Tender shredded chicken makes a 5-star filling for tacos and enchiladas. See more
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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

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"This is a nice change from plain chicken tacos. The cilantro really adds a burst of flavor to this recipe."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the salsa, taco seasoning, lime juice, and cilantro into a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Add the chicken breasts, and stir to coat with the salsa mixture. Cover the cooker, set to High, and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 4 hours. If desired, set cooker to Low and cook 6 to 8 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 12, 2011

I used a good quality salsa, double-batch of homemade taco seasoning and double the cilantro. I made the end result into fajitas with sauteed red pepper, sweet onion and minced garlic. As always, I think the quality of your ingredients can make or break your recipe--I'm glad I doubled the spices and used a good salsa. We were quite hungry today so this fed us well with enough leftover for another meal, with the sauteed vegetables. I'll make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 20, 2012

I do this all the time but if you get a salsa with a lot of flavor, you can omit the taco packet. It only adds extra sodium. Instead, use a jar of salsa, 2 minced garlic cloves and a diced onion. I also like to use two limes. :) (and if you add the lime and fresh cilantro in the last hour of cooking you get MORE flavor)

Sep 11, 2011

This a great way to feed a crowd. I add a can of black beans, rinsed and drained, and a bag of frozen whole kernal corn.

Sep 06, 2011

Yum! Really, really good. Instead of taco seasoning mix I just threw in some spices: cumin, ancho chile powder, sea salt, black/white pepper, oregano, etc. The cilantro gives it such a fresh flavor; if you like cilantro, you'll like this dish. I served it in whole wheat flour tortillas with shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, plain yogurt, and fresh cilantro. I'll definitely make again. Thanks :)

Jan 12, 2012

This recipe makes a whole lotta chicken so I tried it several ways. It was good in crispy taco shells and in corn and flour tortillas. The biggest winner, however, was chicken enchiladas. They were simply the best I have ever had. Just spoon into corn tortillas with a little cheese, pour your favorite enchilada sauce over top, top with a little more cheese, bake and you are in enchilada heaven!

Sep 23, 2011

I tried this tonight and, while the chicken was very tender and easy to shred, the recipe was too salty for my tastes. The combination of the taco seasoning and salsa made for the salty taste I'm sure. I would make this again but I'd look for a lower sodium salsa, if there is such a thing.

Sep 04, 2011

Found this a very easy to make taco filling.I used McCormick Chicken Taco seasoning and La Costena brand salsa verde. It was done in 7 hrs on low setting.This would even be good served over rice and topped the the juices from the crockpot and some cilantro and onions

Sep 09, 2011

so easy and so delicious! we served it over mexican rice and black beans with a little cheese and sour cream. mmm!


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  • Calories
  • 272 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 4.7 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 45.3 g
  • 91%
  • Sodium
  • 976 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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