Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Some days we can become so busy that we have no time to prepare supper. Between appointments, summer fun, and running errands the days disappear so quickly. Days like this are when I really appreciate my slow cooker and rice cooker. My rice cooker has a delay timer, so I can set it up in the morning, and set the timer to start when ever I need it!
When it’s hot out, a slow cooker can be your best friend! Start cooking in the morning with out heating up the house.

One of my favourite recipe is for Santa Fe Chicken, and it can be made easily in a slow cooker or rice cooker.


3 cups uncooked White rice
2 cups salsa or 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid and spices of your choice (chili powder, cumin, etc.)
3 cups water (if you use a can of tomatoes use 2 cups of water)
1-2 lb. diced chicken uncooked
1 onion diced (optional)
1 green pepper chopped (optional)
1 small can black beans drained (optional)
1/2 cup cream cheese

My family does not like this recipe with beans, so I omit them. Too bad, because I liked it!

Slow Cooker Directions:
Reduce the water to 2 1/2 cups. Put all ingredients except the cream cheese in your slow cooker. Cook on low 6 hours or high 4 hours.

When cooked, mix in the cream cheese and serve!

Rice cooker directions:
The same as with a slow cooker, only start 45 minutes before you want to eat.

This meal has gotten me tons of compliments! Enjoy!


  1. this sounds great

  2. This recipe looks delicious. I make a variation of this at home too.. I like finding new ways to change it up a bit. This one is next on my list!

  3. pinning this! so good!

  4. I love chicken. I am always amazed at how many different ways it can be made. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe.

  5. amazing recive, i want to make some santa chicken in my home..

  6. That looks delicious! I am glad that the onion is optional because I can’t have onions. But when it gets Fall, I might try to make this!

  7. This looks like an amazing dish—I only have one question- I am not fond of cream cheese, is there something else that I could substitute instead? Or any other suggestions? It’s not even me, it’s my screwy digestive system that seems to take issue with cream cheese. Any suggestions, I would love…for I really would like to fire up the slow cooker and try this! Thank you!

  8. This sounds so yummy! I make something similar in our slow cooker with chicken, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, corn, & cream cheese. Then, I put it in tortillas with rice for yummy burritos. It tastes better the 2nd day, I think.

  9. My girls love cream cheese and tomatoes! I might just have to try this

  10. That sounds good! What a fun way to jazz up your chicken dinner

  11. That sounds good. I am always looking for slow cooker recipes my family will like

  12. Yummy! I love easy, tasty recipes!

  13. I thoroughly enjoy making easy & tasty meals in the slow cooker. Chicken is economical & tasty…I also love black beans and anything with cream cheese added. I am going to be making this receipe very soon!

  14. I like all the ingredients and I’m not sure you can go wrong with them! I might add more beans when I make it:)

  15. I love that you cooked the rice in the the rice cooker. I use it every single day. I love to add garlic powder and garam masala in it with a good good pinch of salt. And some chopped green onions stirred in in the end!

  16. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love chicken.

  17. How awesome are slow cookers??? It’s a busy girl’s DREAM!!!!

  18. I have made something similar to this before and it is deeeelish!

    Jenny Patton

  19. Sounds great! thanks 🙂

  20. I found your blog on pinterest. I noticed we have the same corelle dishes. I take a lot of my pictures of my plates too. So I was thrown for a loop when I saw your plate but didn’t recognize the meal. Haha 🙂

    • That is so funny! I inherited these from my husband’s Grandmother. A few people remember their parents or grandparent having them, but I haven’t found anyone else who still used this set!

  21. This is perfect. I have alot of white rice to use and this is a good way to use it up.

  22. this looks great and easy to make ..thx!
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