This HEALTHY and EASY recipe for Crock-Pot Southwestern Chicken is bursting with fresh and exciting southwestern flavor. And it has ZERO Weight Watchers SmartPoints too!
Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken
Do you need an EASY and HEALTHY chicken recipe? Then look no further than this “dump and go” recipe for southwestern chicken made in the slow cooker!
The hardest part of this recipe is chopping up some onion, bell pepper and fresh cilantro. The rest of the recipe is pretty much open a can, drain and dump into your slow cooker.
There is all sorts of great flavors in this tasty recipe…corn, black beans, green chilies, red bell pepper, garlic, cumin, fresh cilantro and then lime juice for that POP of fresh flavor!
Best f all this recipe counts in at ZERO Weight Watchers SmartPoints on the Blue and Purple plans (or 5 points Green). Making this a must have recipe in your weight loss journey!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Southwestern Chicken Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- Can Opener
- Measuring Spoons
- Citrus Juicer
- Small Bowl
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can easily substitute, pound for pound, boneless skinless chicken thighs for boneless skinless chicken breasts. Keep in mind that the nutritional values of the recipe will change as chicken thighs are dark meat and contain more calories and fat than chicken breasts do, which are leaner white meat.
Yes, if you are not a fan of fresh cilantro (about 14% of the population don’t like cilantro and have a genetic aversion that makes fresh cilantro taste like soap to them) you can easily omit it from most recipes. If you would like to still have a pop of fresh flavor and bright green color you can substitute fresh parsley instead.
Feel free to use any other type of canned beans that you prefer or have on hand in this recipe. The black beans can be substituted easily for canned pinto beans, great northern white beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc.
If all you have is frozen chicken and don’t have time to thaw the chicken first then, yes, you can use frozen chicken in this slow cooker recipe. Keep in mind that using frozen chicken may mean that the recipe may take a little longer to cook so that the chicken is fully cooked inside. We recommend allotting about 30 to 45 minutes extra cooking time when using frozen chicken in the slow cooker.
More Weight Watchers Recipes To Love!
- Blue WW Plan – 0 Points
- Green WW Plan – 5 Points
- Purple WW Plan – 0 Points
This post was originally published in December, 2011. We have polished it off and given it an update in March, 2021. We hope you enjoy!