slow cooker chicken

Slow cooker salsa chicken is on pretty heavy rotation here at Casa De Collins! I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I considered not sharing this recipe because I didn’t want my secret to get out about how easy it is to make!

I don’t just love this recipe because it’s easy. It’s also:

  • Low carb / KETO approved
  • Gluten Free (Be sure to use gluten free ingredients)
  • Family friendly (everyone love its!)
  • Can be made in advance
  • Incredibly versatile
  • 3 affordable ingredients

This recipe checks all the boxes of a busy cook including the most important one- It’s really yummy!

This is a great recipe for families or groups of friends because it doubles and triples well. You can make any amount of this recipe if you follow this approach:

Add any amount of boneless chicken breasts into the bottom on the slow cooker. Add one teaspoon of taco seasoning per chicken breast. Top chicken with enough salsa to cover the chicken. Use tongs to toss and coat the chicken in the salsa. Set the slow cooker to low for 4-6 hours. Take note- the more chicken, the longer it may take. That’s all there is to it. (I do like to periodically check on it to make sure everything is coated and positioned well.)

To tell if the chicken is done, use two forks and see if a piece easily shreds. If it does, it is done. If sauce is thin, removed the chicken from the slow cooker and place in a large bowl. Top with about 1/8 cup of fresh salsa, per chicken breast and then begin to fork shred. The concept here is that as you shred, the chicken will absorb all the fresh flavors of the salsa. However you do not want it to be too wet, just seasoned so use your judgement. You can always add more. If the sauce is thick enough from cooking, you can shred directly in the slow cooker in the sauce in cooked in. (This all depends on the consistency of the salsa and how long you cook the chicken for. Either way is fine!)

Once it is all shredded, it’s ready to eat as is or ready to use any way you can think of.

Here are just a few of the ways I like to use this chicken.

  • Chicken Enchiladas (my favorite!)
  • Tex-Mex salads (or topped on any salad)
  • Wraps with lettuce, tomato & cheddar cheese (a side of sour cream or guac doesn’t hurt!)
  • Hard shell or soft tacos (most common!)
  • The ever reliable….quesadilla (who doesn’t love a quesadilla?)

Feaster’s Tip:

When hosting Taco night, I rinse out the slow cooker and re-add the now shredded chicken, and set the slow cooker to “keep warm” until ready to use. I set up the taco bar and everyone can help themselves and build their own tacos!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Course: dinner, entree, lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken
Author: Christina Collins
  • 3 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tsp Taco seasoning
  • 1 jar salsa (enough to cover chicken breasts)
  1. Lay the chicken breasts into the bottom of the slow cooker

  2. Add 3 teaspoons of taco seasoning and enough salsa to cover the chicken.

  3. Use tongs to toss and coat the chicken, then nestle back to submerge the chicken in the salsa.

  4. Cook on low for -6 hours or until the meat shreads easily with a fork.

  5. Remove chicken to a bowl and add about 1/2 cup of fresh salsa. Fork shred and let the chicken absorb the flavors of the fresh salsa.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This recipe doubles well. 


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Holy cow folks. Local Taste has done the homework for you and found you THE BEST game day recipe you’ll ever need! It is actually unbelievable that this recipe only requires two ingredients. Thats right- I said TWO! Chicken breasts and hot sauce. Okay, you need water too, but hopefully you have a running faucet and I don’t need to include that as an ingredient.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is really simple to make. Literally, anyone can do it so you have no excuse not to serve up some home-cooking at your Super Bowl party this weekend. (I’m talking to all you lazy bones out there.)

All you need to do is add boneless chicken breasts to a slow cooker, combine equal parts water and hot sauce (NOT Tabasco or Sriracha) and pour over the chicken until just covered. Turn your crockpot on low for about 6 hours until chicken falls apart easily with a fork. Drain, shred, top with extra hot sauce if desired and serve!

This recipe hails from the Feast & Merriment culinary blog. They recommend setting up a ‘make your own’ Buffalo chicken slider bar with slider rolls, lettuce and blue cheese dressing. Guests will absolutely love this and it gives you, the host, one less thing to do at your own party!

Happy Crockpot Cooking!