If you are short on time in the evenings, and are following the Weight Watchers plan, you will love this Weight Watchers Salsa Chicken Make Ahead Freezer Meal. You can prepare it on the weekend when you have more time for meal prep, and just label and freeze it. Then, when you want to have it for dinner, simply open the bag and drop the ingredients into the crock pot and go about your day. It's doesn't get any easier. Without cheese, this is a zero point meal under the Freestyle program. If you decide to add cheese, simply adjust the points accordingly.
Why you'll love this make ahead freezer meal
- Can be prepared ahead of time and frozen
- Just pop in the crock pot on the day you want to make it
- A healthy and low point Weight Watchers meal
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- black beans
- petite diced tomatoes
- garlic powder
- shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
How to make Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
To start, you will need a gallon sized zip top bag. If you are going to be doing a lot of freezer meals, you definitely need a bag holder, which will allow your bag to stay open hands-free when you dump in your ingredients.
After you have added in all of your ingredients, remove any air from the bag and squeeze it shut and seal the bag. Store the bag in the freezer. I like to make sure the bag is lying completely flat in the freezer. This saves a ton of freezer space, and if you are making many freezer meals at once, allows them to stack on top of each other.
When you are ready to cook your salsa chicken recipe, simply open up the bag, dump the contents into the crock pot and discard the bag. No need to thaw the ingredients. Set the crock pot to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
When you have 30 minutes left in cooking time, add some shredded cheese to the top. I used a Mexican blend cheese, but feel free to experiment and use a lower fat or fat free cheese. Of course, if you do add cheese, be sure to adjust the point total. Without cheese, this Weight Watchers Salsa Chicken dish is zero ww points.
Weight Watchers Salsa Chicken Make Ahead Freezer Meal
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breast halves cut into pieces
- ¾ cup salsa
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Add 2 pounds of cut up chicken breasts to a gallon zip top bag along with the salsa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, garlic powder and cumin.
- Remove any air from the bag and squeeze it shut and seal the bag. Store the bag in the freezer lying flat.
- When you are ready to cook your meal, simply open up the bag, dump the contents into the crock pot and discard the bag. Set the crock pot to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- Optional: If you would like, when you have 30 minutes left in the cooking time, add 1 cup of shredded cheese to top and continue cooking. You can use cheddar or a Mexican blend. If you add cheese, please adjust the point value and calorie value.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You can serve it as is or over brown rice or cauliflower rice. One of our favorite ways to enjoy this chicken is to add taco seasoning and serve it in tacos.
Diced onions and bell peppers work well in this recipe. Simply add them to the bag when you add the diced tomatoes.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Flavor is great.. Did mine in the Instant Pot (9 min manual and natural release 10 min) -- way too juicy. Will have to figure out how to fix that.
About how large is a serving size?
Do I need to thaw this before putting it in the crockpot?
Do you need to thaw this out before dumping in the crockpot or can it be cooked from frozen?
This southwestern salsa chicken dinner looks delish! So handy to have a freezer meal recipe on hand too. Thanks!
What can you use as a side dish with the weight watchers salsa chicken.
Oh, and I added some more chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and dried cilantro leaves to taste. 🙂
I made the recipe and halved it to make two freezer meals for my husband and me. I put one meal in the crockpot on low for 4 hours, and when there was about an hour left, I put in two 10oz bags of frozen cauliflower rice, another can of black beans, drained, 1 can of rotel (undrained), a 4oz can of green chiles, and about 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. I gave it all a stir and let it continue cooking for that final hour. It was really, really good! We will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing!
I love a good freezer meal, so easy!!
Anyone tried reheating with the instant pot? Just wondering how long I should set it for...
This is such a great idea to meal prep with freezer bags. Never really thought about it but sounds perfect. Love the salsa and beans in this recipe.
What a great idea to have an easy dinner all prepped in the freezer and ready to cook! My husband and I will have to try this for when our little one shows up!
Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life
I can always use more make-ahead meals, and this recipe is so flavorful and healthy. Love it!
Love this fresh and healthy meal! Such a delicious recipe!
This recipe sounds great for busy weeks where you don't have the time or energy to cook at night. I am a huge salsa and Mexican fan, definitely will have to try this recipe, cheers!