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Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

One of Josh’s favorite meals is chile verde, but he usually only makes it a couple of times a year because it takes awhile. He was in the mood for chile verde, but didn’t want to do the work, so he dusted off our slow cooker to make Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde.

Josh prepared everything in the morning so he could eat chile verde for dinner. He kept talking about his chicken chile verde recipe all day long. He was so excited for dinner time.

Josh usually makes chile verde with pork, but used chicken this time because he was in the mood for chicken and we had it in the fridge.

Josh roasted tomatillos and Anaheim peppers in the oven to bring out their flavor. He combined the roasted tomatillos and peppers in the blender with onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and some spices to make the chile verde sauce. I tasted the sauce and it was soooo good! I wanted to eat the sauce with a bag of tortilla chips, but Josh was guarding the chile verde sauce with his life. He said it was for HIS recipe.

He poured the killer sauce into the slow cooker with chicken broth and the chicken. He turned on the slow cooker and let the chicken chile verde cook away.

We ate dinner early that night because Josh couldn’t contain himself. He served his Slow Cooker Chile Verde with cilantro lime rice, beans, and tortillas. He LOVED his slow cooker meal. He couldn’t believe how good it was. He is sold on this Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde recipe.

Josh didn’t take our slow cooker back to the basement because she said he is going to be making this recipe again and very soon. This Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde recipe makes a great weeknight meal. It is also great for serving a crowd. Josh is already talking about making it for Super Bowl Sunday! Give it a try!

Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Yield: Serves 6-8

The slow cooker does all of the work! Serve with tortilla, rice, and beans for a tasty meal!


2 lbs tomatillos husked, washed and dried, and cut in half
10 medium Anaheim peppers, cut in half, seeds removed
1 jalapeño pepper
1 cup diced onion
4 garlic cloves
2 cups roughly chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
Tortilla, beans, and rice for serving, optional


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place tomatillos and Anaheim peppers on two large greased baking sheets. Roast until tomatillos are golden brown about 5-7 minutes, and until peppers are charred.

2. Place peppers in a brown paper bag to sweat for about ten minutes. Remove the peppers from the bag and peel.

3. In a blender or food processor, combine 6 peppers (12 pepper halves), tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, paprika, lime zest and juice, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.

4. Dice the remaining Anaheim peppers. Pour salsa verde, chicken broth, diced Anaheim peppers, and chicken into the slow cooker. Add salt and pepper.

5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours or untill chicken is at least 165 degrees in center of meat.

6. Once chicken is cooked using a slotted spoon remove chunks of chicken to a cutting board and shred and return to crock pot with chile verde sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm with tortillas, beans, and rice.

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110 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde”

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  1. Erica — January 21, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    What a great dish! You could throw this on top of a salad or in a tortilla and make a quesadilla (or tacos)- just perfect. I recently started back on the mostly veg path, but I think some kind of verde beans would be good!

  2. Robyn | Add a Pinch — January 21, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Looks so good, Maria! And absolutely perfect for so many dishes!

  3. I can see why it’s one of his favorite meals! It looks incredible!!!!

  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 21, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    This sounds incredible! Love that you can make it in the crock pot to cut down on some of the work of making it!

  5. Melissa — January 21, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    The recipe looks fantastic but I was wondering your thoughts on substituting canned tomatillos? Unfortunately, fresh tomatillos are hard to come by in the mountains of North Carolina this time of year!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

      We haven’t tried the recipe with canned tomatillos. If you try it, let us know.

  6. Jenna — January 21, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Yum I’ve never had this before it looks wonderful

  7. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 21, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Perfect, I can almost taste it!! So delicious..

  8. HeatherChristo — January 21, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Oh! this looks so good Maria- very comforting on a cold night!

  9. Kathy @ FoodWineThyme — January 21, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    This recipe is right up my husband’s alley. If I can’t find Anaheim peppers, what other pepper could you suggest?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      You could try a poblano or other mild pepper, but we have only tried this recipe with Anaheim peppers.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

      Canned green chiles might work??? Again, we haven’t tried it.

  10. The Kitchen Edition — January 21, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Great combination – a delicious recipe and a convenient preparation method. My slow cooker is in constant use in our hectic household. Thanks for sharing. I would think that any variety of mild chili pepper could substitute for the Anaheim pepper.

  11. Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 21, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Oh man… It’s so cold out now. Could totally use something like this to warm the soul.

  12. My husband is going to love this!! He is a huge chili verde fan, but I never made it for him. Love that this is done in the slow cooker too. Perfect for super Bowl Sunday!

  13. Becky @ Project Domestication — January 21, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I love a good chile verde. And a great excuse to try your cilantro lime rice.
    Yay for Josh, always love his recipes too.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

      We love making cilantro lime rice:)

  14. naomi — January 21, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Love the chicken sub, and slow cooker-EVEN better!

  15. Marla Meridith — January 21, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    Such a GREAT family meal Maria!!

  16. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 21, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m loving all your chickeny stuff lately!

  17. Jessica — January 21, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    I love this! Anything with verde sauce has my name written all over it!

  18. Julie @ Table for Two — January 21, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    i love how easy this is to put together. set and forget is always the best :)

  19. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 21, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I like that this is nice and easy even with making your own roasted salsa verde!

  20. Kalyn — January 21, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    Go Josh. And I am hoping it’s ok for me to feature this on my slow cooker site?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

      Of course it is ok. Thanks Kalyn!

  21. Greg — January 21, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    This looks great. Did you put the chicken breasts in whole or did you cube them?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

      Yes, put them in whole. Josh used smaller breasts. When they are cooked, you shred the chicken.

  22. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 21, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Maria, this looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for the snowy weather up here!

  23. colleen — January 21, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    that looks delicious.

  24. Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 21, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Yum! And even better being in the crockpot :)

  25. Jenny Flake — January 21, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    LOVE using the crock pot, looks great Maria!

  26. Kathy — January 21, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    This looks amazing! Definitely will try. If I were going to try it with pork, have any suggestions on the amount and cut that would work best along with a cooking time?

  27. Karen Lynch — January 21, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I have verde sauce we canned with summer garden goodies, definitely will be putting it in the slow cooker this week. Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 21, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    This is just my kind of winter meal. :)

  29. Liz — January 21, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    How do you guys do your pinto beans when you serve this meal?

  30. Isra {TheFrugalette} — January 21, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    If it goes in a slow cooker, it’s for me! I would love this on some tortillas with a little sour cream. :)

  31. Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 21, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Crock pot rocks! This is right up my alley, Josh.

  32. Emily @ Life on Food — January 21, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Oh yum! The fact that it is a crock pot meal makes it about a billion times better. Cannot wait to try it.

  33. Diana — January 21, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    This recipe looked so amazing, as soon as I read it this morning, I went out to the farmers market to get all the ingredients! It was dinner tonight and will be lunch tomorrow too :) Thank you both!

  34. Crystal — January 21, 2013 @ 11:03 pm


  35. Cookin' Canuck — January 22, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    It looks fantastic, Josh! I can see why you were excited for dinner.

  36. Melissa — January 22, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    This sounds so good! I love all of your recipes on here. I’ve tried a lot of them and loved them all!

  37. Megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 22, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    This looks so good! I love that Josh was so proud of it haha. Although I would be proud too!

  38. natalie — January 22, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    this looks amazing! i love chile verde, and chicken is a good way to make it nice and lean! It makes so much that we could probably freeze the leftovers for next week when i don’t feel like cooking (bonus!)

  39. A Little Yumminess — January 22, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    We make a slow cooker chicken verde as well except we “cheat” and use store bought salsa. I am sure this is better!

  40. I love a good, spicy slow cooked meal in the winter, and this looks perfect! Mmmm!

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