recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken 3 Ways

Cooking chicken in the crock pot is my favorite way to make it. Seriously who doesn’t love chicken that just falls apart?! Slow cooking the chicken breast makes the white meat juicy and tender. Plus, you can leave it unattended and not worry about the chicken drying out!

NOTE! If you prefer, you can mix in thighs or other parts of the chicken, but try to use at least half white meat. Be sure to remove the skin to reduce the saturated fat content. You also want to make sure you remove any bones while shredding the chicken.

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time 3-4 hours. Total Time 4 hours.

If you’re a fan of Mexican you’ll be making this every week. Anyone from the southeastern US knows that amazing shredded chicken at Mexican restaurants. Well this is a version you can make at home yourself.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 16oz jar of salsa, choose lowest sodium
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15oz can black bean, drained and rinsed
  • Taco seasoning: 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp garlic powder, ½ tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper

Serving size: 3oz. Calories: 167, Protein: 20g, Carbs: 17g, Fiber: 5g, Fat: 2g, Sat Fat: 0g, Sodium: 692mg

I add beans to mine for some fiber, but you can leave them out. At the store, choose the lowest sodium salsa and beans.

Directions

Mix all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Take out chicken and shred with forks. Place chicken back into pot and mix with sauce.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time 3-4 hours. Total Time 4 hours.

I meal-prep this recipe for my boyfriend, because he likes to make a chicken, egg and bean burrito covered in hot sauce on nights I don’t cook at home. This recipe is great because I can also use the chicken in many other ways. We have eaten this on its own and in sandwiches, salads, tacos, casseroles, omelets, and more!

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

Serving size: 3oz. Calories: 147, Protein: 20g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Fat: 5g, Sat Fat: 2g, Sodium: 547mg

Directions

Turn slow cooker on high, add hot sauce, onion, butter, and garlic powder. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes until butter is melted. Stir. Add chicken breast and scoop some of sauce on top. Reduce heat and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot and shred with forks. Return to pot and mix chicken with sauce.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and Beans

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time 3-4 hours. Total Time 4 hours.

BBQ chicken in the crockpot is a regular dish in our house. Again, adding beans is a great way to sneak in some extra fiber! Plus, they completely enhance the flavor of the BBQ chicken. You can make this with any BBQ sauce, but I recommend one with some sweetness. I used Smack Your Mama’s Sweet Georgia Brown BBQ sauce which I love so much!! I bought it at a festival booth in Georgia and mailed myself two bottle to the Virgin Islands.

Ingredients

5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 16 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce
1 15oz can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can of small white beans, drained and rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
½ tsp cayenne pepper

Serving size: 2-3oz. Calories: 215, Protein: 19g, Carbs: 30g, Fiber: 5g, Fat: 2g, Sat Fat: 0g, Sodium: 383mg

Directions

Mix all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Take out chicken and shred with forks. Place chicken back into pot and mix with sauce. Optional: Serve over shredded lettuce and quinoa for a complete meal!

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