Today’s Weight Watchers friendly recipe of the day is for Skinny Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken
If you are looking for easy healthy chicken recipes for the slow cooker this is an easy, healthy and delicious one for your files sure to please the whole family. With just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, it’s a great quick and easy dinner solution perfect for busy days.
I made this Southwestern slow cooker chicken with corn, black beans and salsa dish earlier this week for dinner and everyone loved it. I loved how easy it was to prepare.
The Skinny on Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken
This light and healthy recipe jumped out at me, from the first few pages of one of my most recent cookbook finds – Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: 600 Healthy Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, as I was scanning for a quick and easy way to use the package of chicken breasts sitting in the fridge.
With just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, it’s a great quick and easy dinner solution for busy days.
I adapted the recipe slightly, adding some Pampered Chef Southwest Seasoning Mix to the chicken before adding it to the pot. I think it’s really important to season your meat or chicken – even if it’s just with a little salt and pepper – before cooking it – especially in the slow cooker.
This skinny southwestern slow cooker chicken is great served with rice (or cauliflower rice if you’re watching your carbs) and a simple tossed green salad. And I think if you use non-fat cheese, it works for WW Simply Filling.
How Many Calories/WW Points in this Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe?
According to my calculations each serving of this Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken has about 370 calories and is now just 1* WW Freestyle SmartPoint under the new Weight Watchers plan for 2018. Enjoy!
If you like this 6-Ingredient Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken, be sure to check out some of my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker recipes including 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Goddess Chicken, 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken, 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs, 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken and Easy Slow Cooker Creole White Beans & Chicken
A simple, healthy + delicious chicken recipe for the slow cooker with just 6 ingredients!
- 2 cans (about 15.5 ounces each) corn, drained
- 1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 jar (about 16 ounces) chunky salsa, divided
- 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves (about 4 to 5 ounces each)
- Southwest seasoning blend (optional)
- 1 cup low-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend
Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-Quart.
Combine the corn, black beans and 1/2 cup salsa in the slow cooker.
Season the chicken with Southwest seasoning blend (if using) or salt and pepper to taste.
Add chicken to the slow cooker.
Top with the remaining salsa.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours, or until chicken is tender.
Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 5 minutes more or until cheese melts.
This makes a generous serving. To shave a couple of WW points, eat a smaller portion, which is what I did.
To prevent your chicken from drying out, you'll want to check for doneness. Many of today's slow cookers are much hotter than they used to be. My chicken was done in about 3.5 hours on LOW!
*9 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
*1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Here’s another way to make easy, healthy slow cooker southwest chicken:
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