Freezer Meal Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken {Slow Cooker}

4.8 / 5 (4 reviews)

cilantro lime chicken in bag

I’ve seen this recipe floating around Pinterest and decided it was worth a try. The question is, would I make it again?

Yes!  This is a simple, but flavorful meal to have on hand in the freezer. Just thaw and throw it in the slow cooker! I served this Cilantro Lime Chicken with tortillas and toppings like cheese, sour cream and salsa. I imagine it would be great served with some Mexican or Spanish Rice too.

cilantro lime chicken

cilantro lime chicken in slow cooker

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Freezer Meal Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken {Slow Cooker}

4.8 / 5 (4 reviews)
Prep Time: 10mins | Cook Time: 8hrs
Serves: 5-6


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 cup or 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Seal bag and shake to mix ingredients together. Lay flat to freeze.
  2. To Prepare from Frozen: Remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  3. If desired, shred chicken right in the slow cooker at about 30 minutes before cooking time is complete.

Comments & Reviews

  • Pamela

    I’m assuming I need to use uncooked chicken. Correct?

  • Tab

    So do you put this on salads or tortillas. I’m sure it’s versatile, but how do you prefer to eat it?

    • Melanie

      I actually hadn’t thought of a salad because I’m not much of a salad person, but that actually sounds pretty good. Either way would work well. I had great success serving it with tortillas.

  • Karen

    Doesn’t seem to have very much liquid for cooking in the slow cooker, has it dried out or seemed like it could use more liquid? Need to leave it on low all day and make sure that I won’t ruin it. Love your site, thanks for any suggestions.

    • Melanie

      I did not need to add any extra liquid and it turned out to be just enough. (You can kinda see some of the liquid I ended up with in the slow cooker pic at the bottom of the post.) Slow cookers may vary though, so I would recommend checking it (on your first time making it) halfway through to see if you may need to add some chicken broth or other liquid.

    • Jean Scaraglino

      It was dry, we added green chili salsa and some water. I would suggest at least 1 c chicken broth

  • Joanie

    Do I use already frozen chicken breasts or thawed out chicken breasts?

    • Melanie

      If you are planning to freeze this meal before cooking it, use either fresh chicken or already frozen chicken. Don’t thaw the chicken if you plan to just freeze it again before cooking.

  • Brittany

    I just wanted to let everyone know that this recipe is really good and really easy. I love that I can throw it in the crock pot in the morning and can come home from school and/or work that day to a yummy, healthy meal. I love to put this in tortillas for tacos, or eat it over rice or as a burrito. Thanks so much! This one’s a keeper!

  • Carri

    Everyone absolutely loved this. I did cheat a bit though. I used a frozen corn and black bean fiesta mix with all of the spices already added!

  • MJaggers

    Mine lacked a little flavor in the crock pot, so I decided to make enchiladas. Put some taco sauce and cheese on top of tortilla stuffed with chicken and it turned out great. We added salsa, sour cream, and avocado cubes as a dipping side. I did not freeze mine but put it together in a bag the night before. I threw it into the crock pot when I left for work. All in all is was great and easy!

  • Freddricka

    If I just wanted to cook this without freezing it, can I use dried black beans?

    • Melanie

      I’ve actually never used dried beans, so I’m not sure how that would turn out. I know you can use the canned beans in it without freezing though.

    • Tina B

      You could use dried beans if you soaked them overnight in water, so they would begin to soften. Otherwise, they might not soften enough and would be crunchy. Just keep in mind that beans become larger, like rice does, when cooking from dried form.

  • Elaine Day

    I made this recipe for my daughter. But since she is single, I divided it into two freezable bags because it was way too much for just her. The problem is she has too big of a crock pot I think and the small amount may not cook correctly in the crockpot. I was wondering if you have ever cooked this on the stovetop and if so, how?

    • Melanie

      Hi, Elaine! I have not tried cooking it on the stovetop, but I think it would work great. That is very nice of you to make it for your daughter. 🙂

  • michelle

    Does this have to be thawed first? What happens if I put it in frozen?

    • Melanie

      I personally haven’t thrown it in the Crock-Pot while still frozen before, but I think it would work. You may just have to cook it for longer. Let me know how it goes!

    • Jenice

      If your chicken is already cooked then you won’t need to thaw it before thawing it. The cubed/chopped/shredded chicken cooks on the stovetop in about 5-8 minutes or less. Someone asked if this could be cooked on the stovetop and because I tried doing that out of necessity I can assure you that it does and quite quickly too! I also only had bottled lime, and live out of town and it’s a bigger issue running to the store, and the Real Lime juice was great! When later I bought more of the bottled lime juice I checked it against the store brand. Real Lime brand was the only one that really was just lime juice. I loved this recipe and I really thought I would not. Didn’t have the green chili’s or the jalapeño so didn’t use either one and it was SO good. I do love juice though!

      • Jenice

        That was supposed to say, if your chicken is already cooked, you won’t need to thaw it before COOKING it not supposed to say say thaw it before thawing it. Also supposed to say I LOVE lime juice and not supposed to say I love juice.


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