Easy Chicken Santa Fe is a dinner recipe that will save you on busy weeknights. It’s made in the slow cooker! Watch the short video showing you how to make it. The printable recipe is at the end of this post.
It’s a little embarrassing how easy this is. And your family will think you’ve gone all out for them. Delicious!
How to make Chicken Santa Fe:
You don’t have to be any kind of experienced cook at all to make this Easy Chicken Santa Fe. All ingredients are literally just dumped into your slow cooker. No special kitchen skills needed! All you have to do is put black beans, corn, salsa and chicken into your slow cooker insert and let it cook for three hours.
After three hours of cooking, the chicken will be pull-apart tender, and you will remove it, cut it up and return it to the slow cooker with a package of cream cheese. The cream cheese will melt into all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker, and then it’ll be ready to serve!
The video shows the cream cheese being dumped into the slow cooker (please cut it into chunks before adding it to the slow cooker). It will melt into the hot slow cooker chicken mixture much more quickly if it’s cut into pieces first!
Easy Santa Fe Chicken is family friendly, and everyone always loves it.
This is such a simple dinner recipe, and it’s one of those kinds of recipes that will save you on busy weeknights! Family seems to love this one as you can customize how you’d like to eat it.
We enjoy Chicken Santa Fe served over hot steamed rice, and then everyone adds their own desired toppings. I suggest a little lettuce, tomato, and cheese.. Avocado lovers can add avocado too. It also makes for a great taco filling!
Hint: Leftover turkey is fabulous in this dish too. Just substitute cooked turkey for chicken, and cook on the stove instead of the slow cooker until everything is heated up. Below is an OLD photo of Easy Santa Fe Chicken… back in the days when I didn’t know how to take pictures 🙂
Here are a few more slow cooker recipes you might enjoy:
- Taco Soup
- Slow Cooker Pork Barbecue
- Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf
- Lightened Up Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
- Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Black Forest Pot Roast
Easy Chicken Santa Fe
- One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- One 10 to 12-ounce bag frozen corn (can substitute 15-ounces canned corn)
- 1 cup bottled chunky salsa
- 6 boneless, skinless (about 18 ounces) chicken thighs (see Recipe Notes below)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into chunks
- hot steamed rice, for serving (if desired)
- toppings, as desired: lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, avocado
- In a slow cooker, add beans, corn and 1/2 cup salsa. Top with the chicken and spoon remaining salsa over the chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked throughout.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return the chicken to the slow cooker along with the cream cheese. Stir and let cream cheese melt into the mixture to create a creamy sauce.
- For serving: You can serve the chicken and sauce over rice with a sprinkle of lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese on top. Or you can serve these as tacos with cheese and a couple of taco fixings such as lettuce and tomato.
- Nutritional information does not include rice or toppings.
- For chicken, the thighs will turn out more moist and tender than the breasts in a slow cooker. I like to use bone-in thighs and remove the skin. After the 3 hours, I remove the thighs, cut off the chicken, discard the bones and return the chicken to the slow cooker. You can use breasts too, just be sure not to overcook them or you'll run the risk of drying them out.
- Alternately, you can prepare this in the oven- 350 degrees F. for about 70 minutes.
- If you're watching your weight, you can most certainly leave out the cream cheese. It makes an awfully yummy sauce, but the corn/beans/salsa/chicken mixture would also make for an excellent dinner over rice or inside tortillas.
- If you're preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, use GF corn tortillas for tacos!