2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Monday through Friday, simple yet mouthwatering meals are the name of the game for us. But, especially in the summer, it’s even better when they don’t even involve switching on the oven!

I tend to forget about my CrockPot in the warmer months. The comforting goodness it churns out seems too often reserved for cold winters, and not enough for warm days that call for easy, oven-less cooking. It’s amazing what delicious meals you can create out of so few ingredients, though!

This tangy, scrumptious salsa chicken has been top of our list lately – and I love that it can be used for any number of my favorite Mexican meals. Burritos, quesadillas, nachos, taco salads – you name it!

Just toss a heap of your favorite salsa on top of a couple whole chicken breasts, set it and forget it. Once they’re cooked, shred ‘em up and stir the chicken back into your zesty, bubbly hot salsa. The fun part is deciding what to do with it next!

You can freeze the chicken or use it right away, and top to your heart’s content with all kinds of yummy, fresh garnishes. My favorites are tomatoes, scallions and creamy shredded cheddar.

I hope you enjoy this delicious weeknight-friendly meal and try it sometime soon!

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2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Yield: Makes about 3 cups shredded chicken


1 lb. (about 2) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups salsa, your favorite

Serving Ideas: Use this shredded chicken for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, taco salads, tostadas, chili, tortilla soup, lettuce wraps, sandwiches, and on pizzas. The options are endless!

Topping Ideas: Tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream, scallions, cilantro, etc.


Place whole chicken breasts in your slow cooker and cover with salsa. Toss chicken with salsa until well coated.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. Chicken should easily shred with a fork. Shred chicken and add back to the slow cooker. Toss with remaining salsa and juices. Serve immediately in your desired recipe, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


You can also use 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs for this recipe.
This chicken freezes well in an airtight container or re-sealable plastic bag.
To quickly shred chicken, beat with the paddle attachment in the bowl of your stand mixer.

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven


31 Responses to “2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken”

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — June 2, 2014 @ 3:17 am

    Mmmm, I sometimes take wee pots of salsa with me to work to use as “dressing” for salads, it holds so much flavour :) Thanks for the tip! I hope you, your man, and the little one have all had a great start to your week :) x

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    Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion — June 2, 2014 @ 3:58 am

    This looks delish! I think it will become a regular in my meal rotation

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 2, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    Love this! During the busy school year I make this almost every Sunday so that we can use it different ways all week!

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan — June 2, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    Yum – thanks for this easy recipe Georgia – this could easily be doubled for leftovers for more than one night!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — June 2, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    How easy is this and it looks amazingly good. Hope you’re all well. :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 2, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    This looks amazing girl!!! I hope you are enjoying time with your baby girl!

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — June 2, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    I’ve made something similar to this, but diced the chicken and cooked in on the stove. This is much simpler (a real set and forget recipe). I haven’t made it in years though, and this just reminded me how delicious it was!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 2, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    Easy to prepare and very delicious too!

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — June 2, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    LOVE this! I make this kind of chicken all the time, it’s so yummy and easy to make. Love your serving ideas, and hope you’re having a fantastic time with your beautiful baby girl!

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    marcie — June 2, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    What a perfect, light meal for summer! I plan to make this ASAP…the more slow cooker meals I have the better! :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — June 2, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    The perfect Summer meal. Enjoy your time with the little one.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 2, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    Enjoy spending time with your baby girl Georgia! I hope you have some dinner like these lined up, because it looks FABULOUS!

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    Gaby — June 2, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    Fabulous summer meal!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — June 2, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

    No oven and only two ingredients–heck yes! This recipe makes for one perfect weeknight meal. Pinned.

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    Tieghan Gerard — June 2, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    Perfect healthy summer meal!

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    Pat — June 3, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    Sounds wonderful. Love your photos :)

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    Samina | The Cupcake Confession — June 3, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    Wow!!!!!! This salsa chicken is ABSOLUTELY versatile!!!! I loveeeee how this can be used in a million different ways and looks just stunning! Pinning!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — June 3, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    take all the time you need for your precious baby! I know nothing compares to taking care of my kids. Love this chicken recipe. so easy and quick!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef — June 3, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    i love these kind of dinners!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — June 3, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    These are exactly the type of recipes you need when you have a little one in the house! Easy and wholesome. We love Crock-pot recipes!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — June 4, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    Love it – just 2 ingredients! Hope you’re enjoying some mommy baby bonding time!

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    Millie l Add A Little — June 4, 2014 @ 8:25 am

    This looks simple but super delicious!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — June 4, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    Such a great idea to use the crockpot in the summer! I should do that too, and make this great looking chicken. So flavorful! This is a dish we’d like — thanks so much.

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — June 5, 2014 @ 12:33 am

    The slow cooker can be a lifesaver with a new baby, since they tend to complain no matter when you want to get dinner ready :) Great simple recipe!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — June 5, 2014 @ 3:03 am

    I’d completely forgotten about my Crockpot too! Haha, I tend to fall back on it when I’m desperate for comfort food in the colder months! This is a great idea, we adore Mexican food here, I can just imagine making this for Tacos or Enchiladas! :)

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    Robin — June 5, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    Lovely and amazing Looks like will be a yummy recipe to enjoy. I am a fan of special type of food and me searching from internet and other sources.

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    Cristina Calvo — June 8, 2014 @ 5:16 am

    Love to make salsa dips for potato, corn and banana chips. Now, I’m trying this out on some crockpot chicken breasts.

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    Ramona — June 8, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    Looks like a perfect meal to throw together and let it go while you take care of your little one. :) I could use some of these type of meals too. :)

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    Courtney — July 8, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    This looks amazing! I will have to make it for my husband and me!

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    Mia — November 2, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I don’t have a slow cooker but am dying to try this. Could I do it in a regular oven?

    • Georgia — November 2nd, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

      If you don’t have a slow cooker, just cook the chicken using your preferred method, then toss with the salsa. Hope you enjoy!

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