Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken Recipe -
Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 30 mins

    3 hrs 35 mins


  1. Combine the black beans, corn, and 1/2 cup salsa in a slow cooker. Lay chicken breast atop the black bean mixture; top with another 1/2 cup salsa.
  2. Cook on High for 3 hours.
  3. Add cream cheese to chicken mixture; cook another 30 minutes.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture into middle of tortillas; roll tortillas around filling.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 31, 2013

My husband loved this! I used Pace picante sauce - medium hot - and this seemed to solve the bland issue. He got out Tapitio sauce expecting to use it but he did not. He loved the taste. Used handmade corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, green onions and chopped tomatoes as toppings. Will make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 26, 2013

I so wanted to like this, because it was easy. However, it was a little bland for us, even after I pumped it up some with 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. Penzey's Bold Taco Seasoning, and 1/2 tsp. chili powder. The blsl chicken was completely done after 2 1/2 hours, too. I shredded the chicken and added it back to the pot when I added the cream cheese.

Jan 26, 2013

I only had legs & thighs. Removed skin with paper towels. Hold ckn in one hand with paper towel. Grab skin with other hand with paper towel. Sooo easy. I did use a little extra salsa with a little ckn broth (1/4 cup). Followed recipe only I cooked mine in my electric pressure cooker. 20 minutes. Removed bones & shredded ckn. Dark meat always has more flavor. Served with chopped green onion. sliced olives, sour cream & shredded cheese.

Mar 19, 2013

This recipe was delicious and really easy to make! I thought the chicken might be too bland so I added some chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the chicken before placing it in the slow cooker. It turned out really well! Shred your chicken before adding the cream cheese to make it easier to eat. Serve with basic taco fixings - lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, etc - for a really yummy and easy dinner!

Oct 17, 2013

Instead of salsa I substituted tomatoes with diced green chilies. Also, take the lid of the crock pot when you mix in the cream cheese so some of the liquid will evaporate. Very good on flour tortillas topped with cheese!

Jul 04, 2014

This a great and fool proof recipe. I give it full stars as is, but I've also tweaked it a few times and it has turned out well then too (what salsa you use will make a difference in the ultimate outcome). I almost always use three large breast rather than four, unless they are particularly small. Changes I've made that work: pinto beans instead of black, added Cayenne pepper seasoning, frozen corn instead of canned, and/or I've added frozen green and/or red peppers. Homemade corn tortillas is the way to go, but if you don't want to go to the hassle, store-bought flour is good too. After we run out of tortillas, we use tortilla chips to finish it off. Tip: Each time I go to shred the chicken, I look at the mix and think "this is too runny!," but without fail, after I've added back the shredded chicken, added the cream cheese, and let it cook for another 30 minutes - it is fine.

Oct 03, 2013

This is one of my favorite easy recipes. I have always used Pace Picante Sauce and never thought it was bland. Definitely drain the corn or use frozen. We serve it over rice with corn chips on the side. The rice with the flavorful chicken and sauce makes it extra creamy and delicious. Try it!

Mar 28, 2013

This was so easy to throw in the crockpot as I was running off to work in the morning. After work I walked in to this fabulous aroma. I didn't have a can of corn but frozen worked fine. The chicken shredded in moments, and I used non-fat cream cheese. We served it on tortillas with some shredded cabbage, but serving it on rice or a baked potato would be great as well. Kudos, and Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 412 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 6.7 g
  • 27%
  • Protein
  • 22.4 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 887 mg
  • 35%

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

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