Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken is a spicy and comforting combination of chicken, black beans and corn combined with fresh tomatoes and flavors of the southwest. Its pure, healthy comfort food.
Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Recipe Ingredients
All that is needed to make southwest chicken is a slow cooker and a few simple and fresh ingredients.
- boneless chicken breasts or thighs –
- red or green bell pepper – your choice, red peppers will add a touch more sweetness to the dish
- jalapeno pepper – optional if you don’t like the heat, leave it out
- diced fresh tomatoes – Fresh is always better, but canned low sodium tomatoes can be substituted
- chili powder
- ground cumin
- black beans – canned or dried beans that have been cooked and drained
- frozen corn or fresh corn kernels
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken with Black Beans and Corn
This is the easiest slow cooker recipe ever!
It’s no-fuss and fantastic for hectic weeknights. Simply dump the ingredients into your slow cooker and walk away until it’s time to eat. It’s really that easy!
Southwest chicken is a hearty and satisfying meal that is packed with lean chicken and fresh vegetables that blend perfectly together. We love how the corn adds a touch of sweetness to balance the heat from the jalapeno pepper.
Serve your Southwest Chicken shredded or whole in a bowl with your favorite toppings such as chopped cilantro, slices of avocado, and a splash of lime juice. Add a salad like this zesty arugula salad with pistachios for a complete balanced dinner.
Here is How to Make it
This recipe is so easy to make; place the chicken into a slow cooker. Chop the onions, peppers, tomatoes and drain the beans (if you are using canned beans) place them on top of the chicken and sprinkle on the spices.
Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Tips
- Make an extra batch and re-purpose it during the week. Serve Southwest chicken rolled up inside a tortilla or on top of a salad.
- Store Southwest Chicken in the refrigerator for three to four days.
- Freeze it by placing it in a freezer save container for up to 6 months. To thaw, remove it from the freezer the night before and defrost it in the refrigerator. To re-heat it, place the chicken in a sauce pan and heat it over low heat until it is heated through.
Southwest Chicken Variations
- Low-Carb Version – leave out the beans and use a half cup of corn
- Vegetarian – leave out the chicken, add ½ to 1 cup beans and another bell pepper
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- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper - chopped optional
- 2 ½ cups diced tomatoes - fresh or [canned]
- 1 tablespoon [chili powder]
- 1 teaspoon [ground cumin]
- 2 cups [black beans]
- 1 cup organic frozen fresh or[ canned] corn
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- avocado slices
- Chop the onion and peppers, crush the garlic
- Drain the beans
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours
- Add garnishes of choice and serve
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
I love how easy this recipe is to make! Great Southwest flavors. I like it with chicken breasts.
I love easy healthy slow cooker recipes for the week when let's face it life is just too busy. Will be making this for dinner this week for sure!
Analida Braeger says
I love set it and walk away meals for the busy weeknights! This sounds outstanding. Thanks for sharing!
Veena Azmanov says
This sounds healthy and lovely for a Dinner option. Looks delicious.
Love this recipe. I always use my slow cooker when making chili and this meal will be an addition to my list.
Perfect weeknight meal for the family...easy to make and so delicious. I love slow-cooker recipes in the fall 🙂
This was so easy to make and the flavors were divine together! I use my slow cooker all the time, so I'm saving this recipe. Making it again!
Thank you Eden
I love a good slow cooker meal for our weeknight dinners, especially during the cooler months. I can't wait to make this tomorrow
I hope you like it Amanda!
Do you drain the canned corn?
Yes, if you are using canned corn drain it.