Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

soft shell flour tortilla filled with shredded salsa chicken topped wth lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and avocado

Dinner | January 14, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken ~ easy 4 ingredient juicy, bold flavored shredded chicken for tacos, burritos or salads preps in just 5 minutes and simmers in the crockpot.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become better organized. I’m already teetering on the brink of failure, like a toddler in mama’s high heels.

Thanks to my disorganization, I realized I had multiple packages of boneless chicken in the freezer. This started me thinking about some of my favorite chicken recipes and this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken topped the list.

Four ingredients + 5 minutes = the most incredibly juicy, bold-flavored chipotle chicken with an aroma that’ll practically bring you to your knees. 

slow cooker salsa chicken ~ 4 ingredients, 5 minute prep for delicious, juicy, bold flavored chicken. Shown in soft shell taco topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and sliced avocado.

Oops, I just broke my second New Year’s resolution which is to stop describing food in unrealistic terms like amaaazing and life changing.

So maybe this chicken won’t bring you to your knees (but hey, maybe it will!); either way it’s a crowd pleaser.

It makes weeknight dinners or entertaining stress-free and if you’re having a crowd for Super Bowl, a self-serve taco bar is almost like having a home chef. There I go again.

Seriously though, you won’t miss a single play, ad or halftime show because your taco bar will be ready for guests to help themselves whenever they’re hungry. Use your favorite jar salsa but don’t skip the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They add some nice heat, smokiness and deep, rich flavor.

Ingredients:

  1. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. your favorite jar salsa 
  3. canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 
  4. fresh lime 

Instructions:

Trim the raw chicken breasts then add them to the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.

Pour about a cup of your favorite jar salsa over the top, scatter some finely chopped chipotle peppers along with about a tablespoon of adobo sauce and a good squirt of lime juice.

NOTE: One chipotle pepper and about a tablespoon of its juice is the ideal amount of heat and smokiness for me, but if you like things extra spicy, add a second pepper.

Slow cooker salsa chicken ~ collage of step by step photo instructions for recipe.

Cover the slow cooker then let it do its work ~ 4 hours on high OR 6-8 hours on low.

Using a couple of forks, shred the chicken while it’s still in the slow cooker and blend it together with the juices.

How do I eat this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken?

black bowl filled with shredded salsa chicken and garnished with lime wedges.

Load flour tortillas or crunchy shells with Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken along with my favorite toppings: 

  • sharp cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • avocado or guacamole
  • sour cream

slow cooker salsa chicken ~ 4 ingredient salsa chicken packed into a smothered burrito

Here’s another favorite ⇑ ~ extra cheesy baked burritos smothered in a simple green chile sauce that whips up in under 10 minutes. I’ll share the full recipe another day.

Do Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken leftovers keep?

Yes! Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container up to 4 days in the fridge or in the freezer up to 3o days. 

slow cooker salsa chicken ~ 4 ingredients, 5 minute prep for delicious, juicy, bold flavored chicken. Shown in soft shell taco topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and sliced avocado.

Last tip:

This recipe preps in 5 minutes but sometimes usually there aren’t enough morning hours. Just place all the ingredients in the slow cooker the night before then stick it all in the fridge.

The next morning take out, plug it in and set the time. Enjoy!

If you tried this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe or any other on the blog, I’d love to hear from you with a comment or star rating in the recipe box!

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pin for pinterest showing soft shell taco filled with chicken, topped with lettuce, shredded cheddar, tomatoes and avocado slices

slow cooker salsa chicken ~ 4 ingredients, 5 minute prep for delicious, juicy, bold flavored chicken. Shown in soft shell taco topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and sliced avocado.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Delicious, juicy, bold-flavored shredded chicken for tacos, burritos, salads or bowls with just 4 ingredient and minutes prep.
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican, Mexican
Keywordsalsa chicken recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings4
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup jar salsa (your favorite kind)
  • 1-2 canned chipotle peppers + 1-2 tablespoons of the juice from the can
  • juice from half of one lime

Instructions

  • Trim the raw chicken breasts then add them to the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the salsa over the top of the chicken. Finely mince the chipotle peppers then add along with 1 tablespoon of the juice from the can. 
  • NOTE: if you like extra spice, add a second chipotle pepper and another tablespoon of juice.
  • Squeeze the juice from half of one lime over the top, then cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours OR 6-8 hours on low.
  • Using two forks shred the chicken while it’s still in the slow cooker and blend it together with the juices.
  • Serve as tacos in flour tortillas or crunchy shells with your favorite toppings or in burritos, salads or bowls.

Comments

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    Melissa
    January 16, 2019

    I made this tonight in the instant pot and it was not only easy, but amazing! I love the flavor of chipolte peppers in adobo and it was the perfect touch. Thanks Bernie!

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      Bernie
      January 22, 2019

      I’m so glad you made the recipe Melissa and enjoyed it so much! I may be the last person on earth who doesn’t own an instant pot :O ~ good to know the recipe is so versatile! 🙂

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    Easy -
    January 25, 2019

    I made this tonight in the instant pot and it was not only easy, but amazing! I love the flavor of chipolte peppers in adobo and it was the perfect touch. Thanks Bernie!

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      Bernie
      January 31, 2019

      Hi there — I don’t own an instant pot – would you believe it? But I love that readers are taking recipes and using their talents to make the recipes IP friendly. That’s awesome. Thank you — and thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the day.

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    Go Ear
    January 25, 2019

    I made this tonight in the instant pot and it was not only easy, but amazing! I love the flavor of chipolte peppers in adobo and it was the perfect touch. Thanks Bernie!

    • Leave a Reply

      Bernie
      February 7, 2019

      Thanks Karly – great minds think alike – it’s one of my favorites. Glad you stopped by 🙂

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