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Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

This chicken and summer were just made for each other. Juicy chicken thighs with a super simple blend of seasonings slow cooked all day with lime juice and brought all together with a flavorful and lightly creamy sauce that is perfect over rice, quinoa or farro.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 484kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons southwest seasoning blend
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream for later
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro for later
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch whisked with 2 tablespoons water for later (optional)


  • Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat (or in multi cooker)
  • Season chicken well with southwest seasoning, chili powder and dried cilantro
  • Sear chicken in heated skillet until lightly browned on each side (about 3-4 minutes per side)
  • Transfer to slow cooker and add broth and lime juice
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 until chicken is cooked through
  • Carefully remove chicken and stir in cream and fresh cilantro to broth
  • If you would like to thicken the sauce you can also add the cornstarch slurry
  • Return chicken and continue to heat on high until sauce is warmed through, about 15-30 minutes


I cooked this on high for 3 hours in my 4 quart multi cooker and heated the cream sauce another 15 minutes on high.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 256mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 770mg | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.3mg