4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

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I absolutely love food blogging. But I have to confess, there’s one thing about my pre-recipe-developing days that I really miss sometimes about cooking — not measuring stuff.

Before I started sharing recipes with you, I was totally “that cook” who prided herself on rarely pulling out a measuring cup or spoon. Sure, I usually had to do so for baking. But for cooking? I loved tossing in a “glug” of this here, a “pinch” of that there, a “handful” of that here, and a “sprinkle” of that there….you know, “eyeing it”. It’s definitely my favorite way to cook. And arguably, it’s the way that people have cooked for most of history and still continue to cook today in most countries around the world.

But hey, there’s also something to be said for a good, specific, predictable, tried-and-true recipe. So today I thought I’d share one that began as a dump-everything-in-a-crock-pot-and-see-what-happens, and actually turned out so good that I went back afterwards to measure everything in order to share it with you. It’s basically a seriously delicious and easy Mexican shredded chicken recipe made with two of my favorite ingredients — salsa verde and beer.


4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

I actually made this one for a cooking class I taught a few months ago at my church. I wrote about it on here once before, but basically it was a serious taco-a-thon complete with 3 homemade salsas and 3 homemade fillings.

The salsas included my favorite restaurant-style salsa, tomatillo salsa verde, and 5-ingredient mango salsa. And the fillings included a spontaneous sweet potato and black bean saute and my crispy slow cooker carnitas. And….this chicken.

We only had a little over an hour to cook together, so I prepped the carnitas and chicken in the slow cooker. But I hadn’t planned out how to season the chicken, so I did some experimenting. (Nothing like trying out a recipe on 20 people for the first time.)  ;)

Thankfully, it came out even better than I expected! Here are the steps:

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

Begin with a bunch of chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but I’d like to try boneless dark meat next time for extra flavor.

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

Pour in a bunch of salsa verde, either homemade or store bought. (And if you like spicy food, I would also recommend adding in a jalapeno or two here with the stem removed.)

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

Then add in a bottle of beer. I had our local wheat beer on hand, but Modelo Negro or a Corona might be a little more apropos for this recipe.

And then add the step that I didn’t photograph — cumin! You definitely want cumin to help round out the flavor profile and bring in a little of that earthy, peppery goodness.

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat. Then once the chicken shreds easily with a fork, shred it all up and give it a good toss with those juices that remain.

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com #recipe

And then serve it up however sounds good. I loved this one with just your simple street taco toppings — chopped fresh cilantro and white onion on corn tortillas (which are gluten-free!) . Of course, it’s also all the better when topped with “a few” slices of fresh avocado, a “heaping spoonful” of extra salsa, and a “sprinkle” of some crumbly cheese. Or whatever sounds lovely.

Really, this shredded chicken will taste good with just about anything. So get creative, and give it a try. :)

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4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 240 minutes
  • Total Time: 245 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 6-8 servings 1x


This 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is simple to make and full of amazing flavor!


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 bottle beer*
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and black pepper
  • (optional: 1 jalapeno, stem removed and diced, leaving the seeds in for extra heat if desired)


  1. Add chicken to the slow cooker. Top with salsa verde and beer, and sprinkle with cumin and season with a few generous pinches of salt and a pinch of pepper. Use a pair of tons or a spoon to turn the chicken so that both sides are coated. Cover. Cook for 3-4 hours on high heat, or 7-8 hours on low heat.
  2. The chicken is ready when easily shreds with a fork. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker, and toss with the juices. Then remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and serve warm. Or, store the shredded chicken in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  3. *If you want to make this gluten-free, you can either use gluten-free beer. Or replace the beer with chicken broth.

Here are some of the other recipes we cooked that night:

Crispy Slow-Cooker Carnitas | gimmesomeoven.com

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

5-Ingredient Mango Salsa Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan #mexican

5-Ingredient Mango Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa Verde | gimmesomeoven.com

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Restaurant-Style Salsa | gimmesomeoven.com

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  3. This looks incredible! Verde salsa has always been my favorite and I was just looking for something to put into the crockpot while working tomorrow! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing! :D

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  12. Hi there! I amin love with this recipe… and so is everyone who gets to taste the results! I have never made it with chicken drumsticks , and I was wondering what sort of variations I would have to make to use them. Thanks so much for this delicious dinner idea.

    • Sure, you’re welcome to use drumsticks for this! Just know that the chicken will get super tender and may fall off the bones during cooking.

  13. This. Recipe. Is. Amazing.

    Football sunday. I put it in before the 1pm games started, plan on eating at the halftime of the 4pm games. Used Corona and Trader Joe’s salsa verde. I also throw in a small yellow onion and 1 diced jalepeno for taste. Going to grill up some peppers and portabella mushrooms as sides/toppings.

    I just shredded the chicken and put it back in the crock pot on low, but I cant keep picking out little pieces of chicken it’s so good. The meat shredded easily, it basically fell apart when I poked it with a fork. Will definitely be making this reciple again.

  14. I made this recipe last night and loved it!  I used chicken broth instead of beer and it made it a little richer tasting.  Served with black beans and rice and a lot of cilantro…….wonderful dinner!  Thanks for sharing!

    • We’re so glad to hear that, Claiew, and good idea on the black beans, rice and extra cilantro! :)

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  18. Just had to say how much I adore this recipe! This is my 3rd time making it. I have never had such melt in your mouth tenderness from boneless, skinless chicken before. I use the Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, beer, cumin & a chipotle pepper (even more smokiness) I ate it straight out of the pot (low carb) Street tacos for my friends & I froze the meat and the leftover sauce independently to make the best Salsa Verde enchiladas I’ve ever tasted! This time I’m adding vegetables to the leftovers for an easy soup because this sauce it creates is totally awesome. 
    Thanks for sharing! It is literally the best tasting & easiest recipe ever!!

  19. Made this yesterday and served over brown rice and sauteed peppers and onions. I used Corona beer, and also added some cayenne pepper. Garnished with some fresh cilantro… so good!!

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  21. I’m lost. 6 breasts but you consider it 3. That makes zero sense. Do I go to my butcher at the grocery store and get 3 breasts. Doesn’t look like your photos so I’m guessing it’s 6 breasts. One for each “boob” of the chicken? Ugh. I already started cooking now I have to flash defrosted these 2 extra breasts and add it in

  22. How much chicken broth if you don’t use the beer?

    • Hi Monica! If you want to use chicken broth instead of beer, then you’ll need 12oz (1 1/2 cups). We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  23. I have made this agin and again and love it. Everyone will eat it, including baby! That never happens at my house. I do have a question. If I was to half this recipe would cook time stay the same or be adjusted? Thanks!

    • Thanks for sharing, Ashley — we’re so glad it’s a hit in your house! And the cook time should still be about the same. :)

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  26. Question! I’m making this tonight and plan on freezing half. How would I go about reheating it, so as to preserve the flavor? Oven, stovetop, microwave? Should I thaw it in the fridge before reheating?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Bonnie! Good question. For best results, we would recommend thawing this in the refrigerator before reheating, and we’d suggest just reheating on the stovetop. We hope you enjoy!

  27. 5 stars
    Any thoughts on how I could use the leftovers of this to make a second dinner of white chicken chili?

    • Totally! I’d just pop the chicken in this recipe — http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-easy-white-chicken-chili-recipe/ :)

  28. 5 stars
    This was so easy and makes THE best chicken tacos!! Definitely a family fav!

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  30. 5 stars
    I think I make this dish at least once a month. My two picky eater little boys LOVE this recipe for chicken tacos. Its wonderfully easy and very flavorful! I usually use whatever beer we have on hand, and it always tastes great.

  31. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday, and i used the chicken bouillon instead of the beer, and it turned out awesome. It had so much broth left that i turned it into a kind of chicken tortilla soup. I shredded about a half of a chicken breast from the salsa verde chicken, and i added a little corn, and cooked star pasta and shredded jack cheese on top. It was amazing!! I will definately make this again, and use the broth for a second meal. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!!

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  35. 5 stars
    First of all, I love this recipe, as does my whole family! My mom loves it so much, she commissioned me to make it for a large group of people and wants me to double the recipe. Would the cook time still be about the same? I literally make this recipe at least every other week! I love it!

  36. 5 stars
    Used boneless skinless chicken thighs , Herdez tomatillo salsa and a bottle of Guinness stout that was on hand. Cumin and a bit of garlic powder. Threw in 3 big whole jalapenos for flavor but they proved to be a bit hot. Even better!! The broth so delicious I served it as soup with some baby spinach in the bowl. Sooo good and so easy! You will want to lick the bowl.

  37. I plan on making this recipe tomorrow! How many ounces of beer did you use?

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  40. I LOVE this recipe!! It’s delicious! And ideas how to make it in the instant pot? I’d love to know how to make it faster lol. It’s so good! Thanks for sharing it!

  41. Recipe looks delicious! Definitely going to try it this weekend :)

  42. Hi! I have a question! We get our boneless, skinless chicken breasts from our local grocery butcher… the breasts are either thin cut or REALLY big breasts…so do 6 really big half breasts work? Want to shop tonight! Thank you!

  43. I have a question. Do you think substituting pork loin to shred after slow-cooking would work in this recipe?

  44. I plan on making this tonight! I only have two large chicken breast. Also I have hoppy poppy or colors light, which would be best?

  45. I made this with one package of thighs and one of breast meat. Was delicious! Also added pinto beans. We ate tacos and rice bowls with this, and I even made a yummy bowl of soup one lunch by adding a cup of broth.