Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? How about this delicious Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken!?

Skinnytaste Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

It’s coming your way at the end of today’s post… But let’s back up a bit, shall we?

First things first… How are you guys doing today? Yesterday totally slipped away from me thanks to some meetings related to my new job followed immediately by my usual Girls On The Run Tuesday meet up.

At yesterday’s practice, we discussed gratitude and the thought that gratitude is an attitude. After every lap the girls completed around the track, they had to stop and tell me something they were grateful for and I added it to this list:


I swear I leave every Girls On The Run practice falling more and more in love with the program. It is so rewarding on so many levels and I am coaching the most incredible group of girls. They make me and my fellow coaches laugh all the time, but they’re also incredibly thoughtful and are very willing to participate in nearly every group discussion.


I was grateful I took some time to prep dinner in the morning because by the time I arrived home from practice, I was more than ready for some food.

Last night’s dinner was a serious winner thanks to a delicious and ridiculously easy recipe from the Skinnytaste Cookbook!

Skinnytaste Cookbook

I’ve been a fan of Gina’s blog Skinnytaste for years and have had the pleasure of meeting her a small handful of times. She is such a kind woman, an absolutely beautiful photographer and a genius in the kitchen! She is always coming up with mouth-watering recipes to share on her blog and her cookbook is a fabulous representation of her work.

Gina gave me permission to share one recipe from her cookbook with you guys and since I know many of you out there are just as obsessed with crock pot recipes as I am, I figured her Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken would be a good one to highlight! It’s delicious!

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

Recipe source: Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka


  • 24 oz (1 1/2 pounds) chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste


Combine chicken broth, beans (drained), corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

Santa Fe Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

A few more ideas for this recipe from Gina:

  • Try this recipe as a filling for enchiladas
  • Serve it on top of cilantro rice to make your own burrito bowl
  • Fold into a tortilla with shredded cheese to make your own quesadillas
  • Serve on top of greens for a delicious salad



  1. says

    Aw! This recipe hits close to home because… My parents live in Santa Fe part time! I will be there in.. OMG A MONTH! I haven’t been home in a year!!! Can you believe that, because I certainly cannot! YOWZA! Now I am excited. I think I’ll ask my dad to make this with the left over Thanksgiving Turkey! 😀


  2. Jenna says

    Gina’s recipes are life changing! Been following her blog for years and had this cookbook on preorder. I’ve made the santa fe chicken before and it’s super easy and so delicious (as all her recipes are)!


  3. says

    I love how this looks! I’ve just moved and my slow cooker hasn’t made it to the new place yet, but I will be making this as soon as I bring it. 🙂 It reminds me of the salsa chicken recipe (that I found on Andrea’s blog at “a doctor in the house”) but it’s different and I can’t wait to try it.


  4. says

    This sounds and looks delicious. I especially love crockpot meals when I have a busy week at work and don’t have a lot of time to prep. I could easily throw all of these ingredients into the pot before leaving for work and walk in the door to dinner. I’m heading out of town this weekend and won’t be able to meal prep on Sunday like I typically do so I think this is a must try for next week’s menu with little prep time! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Laura says

    I have almost the exact same thing (minus black beans and cilantro, and add some white beans) cooking in my crock pot! I found it as “white chicken chili” on pinterest. I hope it tastes as good as it smells!


  6. says

    I love crock pot recipes, but find so many ask for 6-8 hours on low. Since I work 9ish hours a day (and my crockpot doesn’t have a timer function), I can usually only cook these meals on weekends. This one, at 10 hours of cook time, is PERFECT! Thanks for posting!


  7. Amanda says

    Made this today- it was so good. Cooked it on medium for about 8.5 hours. Made mine just as the recipe called for and wouldn’t change a thing.



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