Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chicken breasts are one of the most popular cuts of meat, but I often find them dry and bland unless they've been properly brined or marinated. Enter the magic of the slow cooker, which solves our dry chicken problem with easy and elegance. Chicken breasts are slow cooked in a slightly spicy sauce until juicy and infused with flavor. Lime juice and salt tenderize the chicken as it cooks, and the result is restaurant-quality cilantro lime chicken that will transform you into a weeknight dinner super hero!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 266 kcal

Recommended Equipment
  • Food Processor
  • Crockpot
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped; see notes
  • 1-2 tsp sea or kosher salt, see notes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  1. Place the chicken broth, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, salt, cumin, paprika, and pepper into a food processor. Blend until the garlic and jalapeno are pulverized and the sauce is well incorporated.
  2. Lay the chicken in a single layer in the crockpot. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours for best results (or high for 4 hours).
  4. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Add the cilantro to the chicken, and toss again. Serve immediately (see post notes for serving suggestions). Leftovers keep in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

  •     If you're extremely sensitive to salt, start with one teaspoon. Add up to 2 tsp total to taste.
  •     For spicier chicken, leave in the jalapeno seeds. 
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