Slow Cooker Ranchero Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours in slow cooker
Delicious chicken. It is great with a side, plus it is perfect for enchiladas, tacos, or tostadas!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 6 oz. can(s) tomato paste
  • 3 - Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 - boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 - boneless chicken thighs
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Side: - rice**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Whisk together the diced tomatoes with their juices and the tomato paste in the base of the slow cooker. Stir in the taco seasoning.
  2. Add the chicken breast and thighs to sauce and spoon the sauce over the top. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  3. Once cooked, pull apart the chicken with 2 forks.
  4. Cook rice, as directed.
  5. Prepare veggies.
  6. Serve Ranchero Chicken over rice with side of veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Open 2 cans of diced tomatoes.
  2. Open 2 cans of tomato paste.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the canned diced tomatoes
  • Half of the canned tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8 hours.

Special notes

This shredded chicken-tomato mixture could also be used for enchiladas, on tostadas, in burritos or hard shell tacos. Also, the extra cooked and shredded chicken can be cooled and frozen to use again in the future.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Slow Cooker Ranchero Chicken

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and slow cook on low for 8 hours. Once cooked, shred chicken with 2 forks and mix with the tomato sauce.
Serve over rice with veggies.