Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

by Kirsten on March 10, 2013 · 10 comments

in Chicken, Main Dishes

Crock Pot Santa Fee Chicken

Colorado is known for its spring snow storms and one will be hitting the Denver Metro area this weekend. Our local school district just cancelled all sports activities which includes my son’s track meet. We are flexible around here; staying in, catching up on some reading, and turning on the fire place sounds perfectly fine to me. I would recommend taking it easy on the cooking as well, so let’s start your slow cooker in the morning with this recipe for crock pot Santa Fe chicken. It is super easy to prepare, since the hardest work will be to get all your ingredients into the slow cooker. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, and chicken get flavor enhanced with the tasty traditional south western spices cumin, cayenne pepper and cilantro. I like to serve this crock pot Santa Fe chicken with some brown rice, but nachos are a great side as well. Make sure not to forget the toppings. Avocados, sour cream, some cheese, scallions, cilantro or chopped red onions are the favorite at my house. Stay warm and enjoy!

Crock Pot Santa Fee Chicken

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
4.8 from 4 reviews
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South Western
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Serves: 8
  • 4 organic chicken breasts
  • 1 can, 14.4 oz organic tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can, 15.0 oz. organic lack beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup organic corn, frozen
  • 1½ cups (360 ml) chicken broth, (Kirsten uses organic better than bouillon chicken base)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to you liking)
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Season chicken with pepper and salt. Set aside.
  2. Place all the other ingredients into your crock pot. Stir well to combine.
  3. Lay the chicken into the mixture.
  4. Cook for 10 hours on slow or 4-6 hours on high.
  5. Shred chicken before serving.
  6. Serve over rice and top with avocados, sour cream, some cheese, scallions, cilantro or chopped red onions.
Double the recipe and freeze half for another time!

Crock Pot Santa Fee Chicken

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Jill March 14, 2013 at 6:16 am

Thank you for this, it makes me happy on so many levels!

Cathy at Wives with Knives March 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

I just don’t use my crockpot enough. This looks absolutely delicious, Kirsten, and I know my family will love it. My son went to college in Boulder and I remember the crazy weather – shorts one day and a snow suit the next. It sure was beautiful.

Ian Dixon March 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Nice idea at the end about doubling up and freezing because I do that a lot lot.
I’d use real garlic and onion rather than the powdered versions though because they usually have additives sneaked into them. Nice one to add to my list of things to try so thanks for that.

Susan March 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’m sure I could convert this to vegetarian; the ingredients just sound so wonderful together with lots of flavor. Sending warm hugs, dear friend…I love the cookbook! XOXO

JoJo March 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This looks so good, and is perfect for a snowy day like today in Boulder! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) March 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

That brown rice looks like a perfect bed for that soup. Sounds delicious Kirsten, you know these ingredients are ones I love. I’ve actually got everything on hand to make this except the avocado. If I didn’t have a fridge full of food that I need to cook, this would be on our table tonight.

Kirsten March 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thanks Lea Ann. I know that you would like that a lot. It is actually not a soup, but more a stew.

Karen Harris March 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

This looks just perfect for a day like today! These colors would brighten even the grayest of days.

Kirsten March 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

Stay warm my friend!

Dom March 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

this looks so fresh and glorious… I do love a nice new inventive way to serve chicken… hope the snow storm doesn’t drive you crazy.. be safe x

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