Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken cooks over four hours and serves two. Use it in tacos, enchiladas, or whatever you like!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Photo

Your life has definitely been missing something, and it is this slow cooker two-ingredient shredded chicken. Oh, the things you can do with this shredded chicken in your arsenal! I love it for tacos, and I love it rolled into a tortilla for enchiladas. I love it both tucked inside a burrito and also on top as the sauce for a wet burrito. Don’t forget about the nacho possibilities.

Next time game day rolls around and you haven’t thought about what to make, throw a pound of chicken thighs in the slow cooker, and top it with a jar of your favorite salsa. After just four hours on low, you’re ready to go!

Start this shredded chicken in the morning, and be eating it, all warm and drippy, by kickoff time. Or, tee off time. Or whatever sport you like to watch in front of the TV.

Feel free to use your favorite salsa, but I will warn you: I wouldn’t recommend using a salsa that contains fruit. Fruit does weird things in the crockpot. I haven’t tried this with fresh salsa, but I imagine it would be good, too.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Picture

You can scale this recipe up to serve as many people as you like. For two people, one pound of trimmed chicken thighs makes enough meat for two hearty dinner portions. If I’m just making nachos, I can stretch the meat a bit further. As you double or triple the recipe, increase the salsa so that it almost covers the chicken. The chicken will shrink as it cooks.

Let me know all the creative ways you can find to use this shredded chicken. Think beyond the Mexican box: on a panini with melted pepper jack cheese? On a Kaiser roll with sliced pickled banana peppers? I’m hungry just thinking about the possibilities!

How about a peach jalapeño margarita to go alongside? Oh yeah.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, Trimmed
  • 12 ounces Salsa, Use your favorite jarred brand or homemade


  1. Pour the salsa in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the chicken on top.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  4. Shred with a fork.
  5. Serve hot.


Cooking Method:
Slow Cooker
Tex Mex
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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 1 minutes
Cook Time: 240 minutes
Total Time: 241 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 200
Calories 522

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 1020mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 59g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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