This is not as much a recipe as it is a tip. When eating a Paleo diet and managing a busy lifestyle, like the vast majority of us do, knowing how to make some really easy meals is key. When I first started the Paleo diet, this was my easy go-to meal and I still make it all the time!
This takes about 3 minutes to prep. Even on the busiest days, I would wake up 5 minutes early and toss this into to the slow cooker before I left for work.
When I have time, I love to make the Paleo Chicken Verde from page 148 of my cookbook. That recipe is sooo good, but it calls for making the salsa from scratch and often on busy weekdays many of us don’t have time for that. This is my cheaters version! I use the Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde. I really don’t like this as an actual salsa, it is too thin and a bit salty, but it works great to make a slow cooker chicken verde! This salsa is not organic, but it is free of preservatives.
Since this salsa doesn’t have to be refrigerated, I always keep some in my pantry. I also keep my freezer stocked with some organic chicken thighs. So, all I have to do is pull the chicken out the night before to allow it to defrost, then throw it in the slow cooker before work.
This recipe can easily be doubled!
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Verde
Slow Cooker (I use this one and love it!)
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
16 ounces salsa verde
- Add chicken to the slow cooker. Cover with salsa verde and cook on low for 5 hours.
- If you are home, you can open the lid at the 4 hour mark and shred the chicken with 2 forks, if not, no worries, it will still turn out fine!
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken from the slow cooker, leaving the liquid behind.
- Salt and pepper to taste and serve. The Trader Joe’s salsa is already quite salty, so it doesn’t require additional salt.
The recipe is great as is, but these are some optional things you can do to enhance the flavor.
*Brown the chicken in some ghee or cooking fat of your choice before placing it in the slow cooker.
*Brown the chicken after cooking, if you want it to be a little crispy.
*Thicken the remaining liquid by reducing it. Place it in a pan, uncovered over medium-high heat. Bring it a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, cook until it has thickened to your liking. Stir frequently.
We love eating this with some fried plantains or in lettuce wraps!
Do you want to see more super simple slow cooker recipes? Let me know in the comments!
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