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Easiest Ever Southwestern Dinner

The ideal weekday slow cooker recipe - one that can be put together in minutes with extremely flavorful results that appeal to all ages. This recipe fits the bill on all points. Try it once, chances are you have everything you need right now, and this recipe will become a constant in your repertoire.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 hours


8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
4 bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
10 oz condensed cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup
1 cup salsa, preferably hot
1 tbsp chile powder
1 tbsp cumin, ground
1 tbsp sweet paprika or smoked paprika (dulce)
1 onion, large, chopped
1 green or yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
cilantro, chopped, for garnish
avocado, sliced, for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Trim away excess fat from chicken.

  2. Turn condensed soup into the bowl of a slow cooker and turn cooker to high. Add salsa and spices. Let it heat while you chop the onion and pepper. Before adding vegetables, stir salsa mixture to evenly blend. Then stir in vegetables until coated.

  3. Add chicken pieces, bone side up. Push to the bottom of the pot, submerging as much as possible. Then spoon some of the mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or on low for 6 hours. Excellent over rice or pasta. Consider adding peas or black beans to the rice, sprinkling with chopped coriander and slices of avocado. Any leftover sauce works well on pasta with a little cheese added.

Nutrition Info

Per 395 g serving Amount
Protein27 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate24 g
Fibre8 g
Sugar6 g
Cholesterol100 mg
Sodium800 mg
Per 395 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A8
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B650
Vitamin B1222