A Do-What-You-Want-With-It Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker (with 5 ideas)

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I made this TWO weeks ago and totally forgot to post it. Ok, that’s a lie. I had to psych myself up to actually sit down and get it all out of my head. I knew it was going to be a long one!

This was a total winner of a dish. We ate it 2 nights in a row and I had it for lunch twice. Now that’s getting your money’s worth out of a crock pot meal!

Both Husband and child were fans too. I purposely made it mild so it would be a family pleaser. I even ended up pureeing some for Little Bean. Just a few nibbles. Enough to give him a taste.

The idea hit me when I simply did not want to bother with dinner, but I knew if I didn’t get something going we’d end up eating out AGAIN. Lately, we’ve been trying to avoid that for more than one reason, but mostly financially.

Instead, around 2:30PM I pulled out the crock pot and threw a bunch of stuff in it. Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker Who knew I’d end up inventing a family favorite. Well, sort of, I’ll explain when I get to how I actually used the chicken. First let me tell you how I made it.

  • 1 10oz can of Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup (+1/4 can of water)
  • 1 15oz can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes (with green chilies would up the flavors/spice aspect)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • Optional (I didn’t have any on hand) 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 large boneless frozen chicken breasts (total mine was over 2 lbs)

Mix all ingredients in the crock pot.

Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker - before

Stir and add the frozen chicken. I keep solo breasts in separate freezer bags so I can grab just what I need when I’m cooking.

Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker - add chicken

Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Low about 6 would probably work too, but I haven’t tried it. After 3 hours it will look like this…

Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker - after

Remove the chicken and shred. I used 2 forks and pulled it apart.

Add the chicken back into the crock pot.

You can continue to cook for a little while to let the flavors merge with the shredded chicken or eat right away.

Use 1. Chicken Enchiladas

I am SO glad I took a chance and made these. I really didn’t think the husband would go for them, but he loved it! Here’s what I did.

  • 2 cups of the Sante Fe Style Chicken from the Slow Cooker above
  • 5 of your favorite low carb/cal tortillas
  • 2 oz of fancy shredded mexican cheese blend
  • dried cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Lay out a tortilla and fill with a scoop of the chicken/bean mixture leaving as much of the liquid as you can. Roll and place in a casserole dish sprayed with a bit of non-stick spray.

Sante Fe Style Chicken - enchiladas step 1

Repeat for all tortillas.

Pour the remaining liquid from the 2 cups of Sante Fe Style Chicken on top of the rolled tortillas. Top with cheese and a bit of dried cilantro.

Sante Fe Style Chicken - enchiladas step 2

Bake about 20 minutes.

Sante Fe Style Chicken - enchiladas done

As I said, big hit with the Husband and of course, I LOVED IT. I wasn’t ready to chance them on Little Guy so I did make him something else. I’m not normally a fan of this approach, but he still ate the base of the meal just in a kid friendly form. May I present…

Use 2. Sante Fe Chicken Quesadillas

Sante Fe Style Chicken - quesadilla

Using 2 tortillas I put some of the Sante Fe Chicken minus most of the liquid, some cheese and even some chopped baby spinach and made him a quesadillas using this technique.

He ate the WHOLE thing.

Use 3. Sante Fe Chicken over Rice

Sante Fe Style Chicken - over rice

This is how I would have served it for dinner initially if I married anyone who remotely liked food, but honestly, if I would make it like this NO one in my house would eat it except me. Which sucks because it’s my favorite type of meal.

Use 4. Sante Fe Chicken Stuffed Peppers

I decided to give this a try with the leftovers to see how the family would react. I mixed about 2 cups of the Sante Fe Chicken with 2 cups of brown rice then stuffed 5 bell peppers and topped with cheese.

Sante Fe Style Chicken - stuffed peppers before

I baked for about 30 minutes until the peppers were just softening.

Sante Fe Style Chicken - after

The husband ate 2 but said he preferred the enchiladas. After some convincing that what was IN the peppers was the same stuff IN the quesadilla, Little Guy ate one too!

Use 5. Sante Fe Chicken over a bed of Baby Spinach

After all that I had about 1 cup left and no rice. So for lunch I decided to take a bunch of baby spinach, top it with the chicken, and pop it in the microwave. It was delish! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture!

Overall this idea was a pleasant surprise. It was the first time in a long time I was able to make a one pot meal the whole family actually enjoyed. I could eat stuff like this every day!

I ended up with 6 cups of the Sante Fe Chicken so I’ll provide nutritional information for that. Hope my slow cooker exerpiement gives you some ideas!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
6 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
280 3g 4g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
1g 1g 22g 40g
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  1. Michelle Harris

    Some of my best meals and our family favorites come from me dumping stuff in a pot/crock pot and seeing what happens. The hard part is writing down what I did so I can re-create it. I LOVE when I can cook once (using a crock pot at that) and get multiple meals out of it.

  2. Crazylady

    I am definitely giving this a try! I’m just getting into the crock pot thing (we call it a slow cooker over here!). I made beef curry in it the other night. Yum.

    Quick question or 3? Do you think turkey mince would work just as well as the chicken?

    and did I pick this up right? You put the chicken in frozen? I never thought of this. I guess I would be afraid it wouldn’t be cooked through but thinking about it now after 3 or 4 hours why wouldn’t it be!!

    Do you ever brown the meat you are using first? I’ve heard it helps with the flavour.

  3. Hortencia

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing your experiment! I have been looking for slow cooker meals and this is one I definitely make next week. This week I have a whole chicken I want to cook that has thawed in the fridge.

  4. sherijung

    I have done a variation of this, but with jarred salsa instead of the canned soup and the canned tomatoes. It’s even easier, because there’s no need to add any spices since the salsa adds all the flavor. If you like it creamier, you can add fat free cream cheese at the end.

  5. roni

    sherijung – I’ve heard of the salsa trick before! I’ve always gravitated towards spicing things myself and salsa doesn’t last long in this house. ;) But I’ve been meaning it give it a try!

  6. Jessica

    I made this tonight and it was delish! I only had 1 lb of chicken so I added mushrooms to bulk it up a bit. I also added some diced green chilies and green peppers. Can’t wait to make enchiladas tomorrow. Thanks Roni!

  7. Phebe

    We regularly make something like this (but with salsa instead of mushroom soup), and it’s always delicious. I’ve only ever used it in enchiladas or tacos though, I love your other ideas!

  8. Lindsay Morrison

    Mm. This looks yummy. I made something similar to this about a week ago but I made it on the stove. I used a can of Bush’s Grillin Beans, Black bean fiesta flavor, additional corn, and a can of diced tomatoes with chilies. I’m going to try this soon. Thanks.

  9. teachermom

    This looks good! Any ideas for making it thicker without the cream soup? We’ve got some no-dairy people in our house. I’ve made chicken in the crockpot with a jar of salsa and have done something similar, but I like how yours is more recipe-ready.

    Thanks!

  10. Kristen

    Do you think it would work to use a bit of plain Greek yogurt to thicken it up instead of the can of soup or cream cheese? Would you add it in at the beginning or during the last hour of cooking?

  11. roni

    Can’t say, I haven’t tried it but I’d guess that it would work better at the beginning so it slowly warms up with the rest of the ingredients.

  12. Melissa

    Made this over the weekend and loved it! I wound up adding a bit more chili powder (I like things spicy) and will be making more soon… it’s perfect fall fare!

  13. joy l.

    I made this yesterday. Added the suggested green pepper.
    I’m eating right now with mashed potatoes. It is fabulous! I’ll be making this again.

  14. Erin

    I made this yesterday and it was a super hit. Husband and 10-year old daughter loved it. Made some brown rice to go with it, but I liked it better without the rice. Awesome and super easy to make. I’m all for anything in a crockpot!

  15. Beth

    I am quite the novice at this so what would I need to do if the chicken wasn’t frozen? Does that effect when to add the chicken etc? I don’t want to overcook it. Thanks, Beth

  16. Kristen

    Beth – when i made it I didn’t use frozen chicken. I cubed up 2 chicken breasts and just added them in at the beginning with everything else and it turned out fine. I did this so I didn’t have to pull it out and shred it later. I also subbed in half a jar of salsa and some extra diced tomatoes instead of the can of cream of chicken soup. I also cooked it on low for 6-8 hrs instead of on high.

  17. roni

    Beth – You should be fine with defrosted chicken, this is one of those dishes you really can’t mess up. Maybe reduce cooking time by an hour our so or set a time to not start it until midday. The chicken could be overcooked as the sauce will keep it moist.

    Check out Kristen’s modifications above.

  18. Carla

    Tried this and loved it. I mistakenly bought cream of mushroom soup but it worked fine. I’ve put this over rice and coucous. Quesadillas next. It freezes well also. Thaks again Roni.

  19. Michelle

    Morning Roni….I LOVE this meal….my chicken breast was thawed and I added the green pepper and it all turned out perfect. Had it with the wraps for supper and the rest will be over spinach for my lunches. A keeper for sure!
    Thanks Roni:)
    Michelle in Canada

  20. sara

    I just made this last night and it was DELICIOUS!! The husband had 2 bowls and I still have leftovers to take to work tomorrow for lunch. I served it over rice because we’d just had enchiladas the other night, but the next time I make it, I’m definitely going that route. Thanks for the great recipe!

  21. Alicia

    Made this for my husband tonight and he absolutely loved it!! I served this in a bowl with just some grands flaky biscuits on the side and he couldn’t get enough. Thanks again for the recipe!!

  22. Jeanine

    I made this for dinner tonight and served it as soup in a bowl with a little queso quesadilla cheese on top. We dipped tortillas in it. Yummy!! I love that it’s made with things I have on hand. I was only short on one thing – I didn’t have a full tablespoon of chili powder, so I filled in with chipotle chili pepper. I can’t wait to have the leftovers! Thanks for the recipe, Roni!

  23. Melissa

    Just found your site and making this tonight. Just want to say how awesome and healthy your recipes are. Very happy I found this site :)

  24. Donna Johnson

    When I read someone’s comment about serving it as soup, I immediately thought of serving it in individual bread-bowls of dark pumpernickel or even sourdough! To me, serving anything in a bread bowl makes it more special! I often use the scooped-out bread from the bread bowls as croutons – just cut bread into cubes, drizzle with melted butter or margarine, sprinkle with dried herbs of your choice (oregano,thyme,etc) & toast lightly in the oven. Voila – almost “homemade” croutons! Top your “soup” with these croutons & a hand full of shredded cheese. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

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