Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken

crock pot

Today’s recipe saved my you-know-what last week.  On Thursday, we chaperoned 16 Brownie Girl Scouts through the rainy woods of an Audubon Sanctuary until dusk.  I arrived home at dinnertime with a very damp, very tired bubba who was bordering on hypoglycemia.  Luckily, I had the foresight to take some chicken breasts out of the freezer, and because I’m sorta nuts, I had all these ingredients in my pantry/freezer . . . at noon I dumped it all in the Crockpot (the chicken breasts weren’t even fully thawed).  When we arrived home at 5:45 p.m., you could smell the warm, home-cooked spicy goodness when we opened the door.    

This is from a site called Gina’s WW Recipes, which, for all you Weight Watchers devotees, is a great resource.  Gina's got lots of good recipes, and you can even search her recipes by points value.  Even if you’re not a WW devotee, if you’re interested in healthful recipes, she’s got a lot of inspiration for you. 

D. ate this over rice, which was great.  I spooned it over shredded romaine lettuce, which was also very good.  It’s delicious stuffed into a whole-wheat tortilla (I had that for lunch the next day), with or without cheese (I abstained, mostly because I was thinkin’ of making a cheesy dinner that night).  Any way you eat it, it’s a great dump-n-go slow-cooker meal to have in your arsenal.

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken (adapted from Gina’s WW Recipes)

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 (14.4 oz.) can diced tomatoes with poblanos (or chiles or plain & jazz ‘em up yourself) (and yes, I used canned tomatoes for this – shocking, I know, but it’s what I had on hand)
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, undrained (remember, Eden Organic has no BPA!)
8 oz. frozen corn
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles (I know, I know, the can again.  Choose hot, medium or mild - whatever you like)
2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 t. minced garlic
1 t. onion powder
1 t. cumin
½ t. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Combine all the ingredients except the chicken breasts and salt & pepper in the slow cooker. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and lay them on top. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Approximately one half-hour before serving, remove the chicken breasts and shred them. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Taste the mixture and add additional salt & pepper to taste. 

Serves 8.