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Green Chili Chicken

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This easy Green Chili Chicken is perfect for nachos, tacos, stuffed peppers, and more! This low carb, gluten free, slow cooker chicken recipe is the best busy weekday dinner.

Green chili chicken nachos on a white plate

Slow Cooker Chicken

This easy slow cooker chicken recipe is creamy and full of flavor! It’s incredibly easy–Just toss all the ingredients into the pot, turn it on low, and head off to work while the slow cooker does all the work! All you have to do is shred the chicken and stir the mixture. It’s perfect for beginner cooks, busy families, and meal preppers!

This Green Chili Chicken can be made ahead of time and reheated easily, or you can even portion it out and freeze it for long-term meal planning! We love it so much we used it for this Chicken Taco Crescent Ring, and it’s made AMAZING nachos. This recipe is so versatile, and you’ll find many uses for this delicious chicken.

Green Chili Chicken Ingredients

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this chicken recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card.

  • Chicken – Boneless & skinless. I used breasts in this recipe, but you could easily use tenders or thighs if you prefer. I recommend trimming your cuts well; leaving fat or skin on your chicken can lead to the dish feeling a bit greasy.
  • Cream cheese – You can use full fat or low fat in this recipe. Allow your cream cheese to soften and come to room temperature before cooking. This will help the cream cheese dissolve smoothly.
  • Green chilis – These canned peppers aren’t super spicy, but they give a nice, flavorful kick to the chicken! If you prefer spicier, swap these out for jalapenos. If you like it milder, stick with one can instead of two.
  • Taco seasoning – I used a packet of seasoning, but you could make your own using this easy recipe.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • INEXPENSIVE – Green Chili Chicken uses common, inexpensive ingredients you can pick up at any grocery store. Better yet, these ingredients are common pantry staples that you’re likely to already have on hand.
  • FEW INGREDIENTS – This recipe requires only 4 simple ingredients.
  • CAN BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME – Green Chili Chicken is a great recipe to prepare ahead of time using your slow cooker. It is a dream recipe for meal prep as it can be combined with so many different things to create a delicious, easy meal.
Nachos on a white plate

How to make Green Chili Chicken in the Slow Cooker

This is SO incredibly easy! It’s a great dump-and-go recipe; here’s a step-by-step guide.


Chicken and other ingredients in a red slow cooker

Place the chicken, cream cheese, taco seasoning, and green chilis in the slow cooker. If you want the mixing to be super quick, you could mix together the softened cream cheese, taco seasoning, and green chilis before adding the chicken, but it’s not actually necessary.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for about 3-4 hours.

Shred & Stir

shredded chicken in a red slow cooker

Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. While the chicken is out of the pot, give the liquid in the pot a good stir–Mix until cream cheese is smooth. Add the chicken back in and stir to coat the chicken in the tasty, creamy sauce.


Once the mixture is well mixed, scoop and serve immediately! This is amazing on a bed of chips for some Air Fryer Nachos, with a salad, in tortillas, or as a dip with sliced bell peppers.


This chicken dish should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3-4 days.

Chicken nachos on a white plate


Allow the chicken to completely cool before placing in a freezer-safe container. Any residual heat will turn into condensation which can lead to freezer burn. For individual portions, divide into 6 bags, 1/4 pound each.


You can reheat this green chili chicken in the microwave, in a pot on the stove, in the oven, or in a slow cooker. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each blast, until warmed throughout for the quickest method. This works great for potlucks–You can reheat on low in a slow cooker and keep it warm for hours if needed.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love these slow cooker chicken recipes!

  • Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Dinner – This is a great one-pot meal with chicken, potatoes, onions, and peppers! It’s super easy and perfect for feeding a crowd.
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup – Such an easy classic soup, great for cold weather or when you need some good quality comfort food.
  • Crock Pot Chicken Tacos – These are easy, flavorful, and great for parties. It’s another dump-and-go dinner similar to the green chili chicken, but a little less spice.
  • Keto White Chicken Chili – Talk about comfort food! This easy slow cooker soup is low carb, bean free, and full of amazing flavor.
  • Crockpot Buffalo Chicken – This is a huge favorite at Super Bowl parties, and it makes AMAZING stuffed peppers for a delicious lunch!

FAQs about slow cooker chicken

What size slow cooker should I use?

This recipe works best in a smaller crock pot, preferably a slow cooker between 1.5 quarts and 3 quarts. I used this 2-qt crock pot. Using a very large slow cooker may cause the ingredients to burn.

Is this chicken spicy?

No, the green chilis are quite mild, and the addition of cream cheese tones down much spice. If you prefer spicier, you can use a spicy taco seasoning, use jalapenos instead of green chilis, or add a couple tablespoons of hot sauce.

Why won’t my cream cheese become smooth?

Cream cheese has to heat up VERY slowly to melt super smoothly. If the cream cheese is still cold when it goes into the pot, there’s a good chance it may not be very smooth. But that’s okay! Mix it up as well as you can, then continue mixing when you add the chicken back in. It will become creamy.

plate of nachos

Green Chili Chicken

This easy Green Chili Chicken is perfect for nachos, tacos, stuffed peppers, and more! This low carb, gluten free, slow cooker chicken recipe is the best busy weekday dinner.
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 211 kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1.5 lbs chicken boneless and skinless
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 1 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 2 (4 ounce cans) green chili


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  • Remove chicken and shred. Stir cream cheese until dissolved. Add chicken back to the pot.
  • Stir well to coat the chicken, then serve immediately.


Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 1.8gProtein: 27gFat: 9.8gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 324.1mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.2g
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