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Southwest Chicken

This Southwest Chicken is one of my favorite meals to make-ahead, freeze, and reheat in the slow cooker. I serve this with cornbread or over rice but it would also be yummy inside lettuce wraps or pitas!

southwest crockpot chicken with cream cheese and corn in a bowl

Last weekend I went to a few stores for some last minute back-to-school clothes shopping for Isabella. She needs more leggings and short sleeve t-shirts, because it’s still pretty hot here in Texas. I was shocked when I couldn’t find ANY! It was nothing but long sleeve shirts and sweaters.

I’m as ready for Fall as the next person, but I don’t think busting out the cold weather clothes and pumpkin everything will make it come here any faster.

I guess I am secretly wishing it to be Fall in my kitchen though. I’ve been on a big crock-pot kick lately as we’ve been eating our way through my 10 Freezer Crock-Pot Meals. This Southwest Chicken is a perfect cool weather meal. 

What’s in Crockpot Southwest Chicken? 

The ingredients list for this cream cheese salsa chicken is short and sweet: 

  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Salsa
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cream cheese

How to Make Southwest Chicken 

The steps for this Crockpot salsa chicken with cream cheese are so simple! 

  1. Place all ingredients but the cream cheese into the Crockpot. 
  2. Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. 30 minutes before serving, shred the chicken and add the cubed cream cheese.

bowl with shredded southwest chicken

Can I Prep Cream Cheese Salsa Chicken for Later?

Yes! If freezing for later, place all ingredients (except cream cheese) into a bag, mix well, and freeze until ready. Write on the bag: “Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 7-8 hours. 30 minutes prior to serving, shred the chicken and add the cubed cream cheese.”

Tips for Making Crockpot Southwest Chicken

You can use any kind of salsa you’d like in this recipe. Spicy, smoky, you name it! Anything you have on hand will work. 

However, I recommend using the type of cream cheese that comes in a brick rather than whipped cream cheese for best results. 

Serve this Crockpot chicken with cream cheese and salsa with cornbread, like we do, or over rice. This would also be yummy inside lettuce wraps or pitas.

More Crockpot Dinner Recipes: 

bowl with shredded chicken

Southwest Chicken

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Emily Grace

Ingredients

  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained (optional)
  • 16 oz jar of salsa
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 8 oz cream cheese

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients (except cream cheese) in the slow cooker and mix well.
  • Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  • minutes prior to serving, shred the chicken and add the cubed cream cheese.

Notes

If freezing for later: place all ingredients (except cream cheese) into a bag, mix well, and freeze until ready. Write on the bag: Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 7-8 hours. 30 minutes prior to serving, shred the chicken and add the cubed cream cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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