2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

March 13, 2014 by Ali

This delicious 2-ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken recipe could NOT be easier. Like, seriously.

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Oh good grief.

I have been making slow cooker shredded chicken for years. And I have been making homemade salsa for years and years and years. But it was not until this year that the lightbulb finally decided to click on, I realized that chicken and salsa were a ridiculously obvious match made in crockpot heaven.

Brilliant or obvious? You decide.

Either way, if you love Mexican shredded chicken, this one falls in the must-try category. Why?

It only requires 2 ingredients. It takes less than 2 minutes to prep. And then once your slow cooker has worked its magic, it takes less than 2 minutes to shred. And then this wonderfully seasoned, simple, juicy, flavorful chicken is yours “2″ enjoy on countless dishes. (Couldn’t resist.)

Here’s the how “2″. (Ok, somebody help me.)

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Sorry, I still can’t get over the fact that it took me until I was 30 to think of this. Moving on…

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To make this salsa chicken, just pop some raw chicken in a slow cooker. (I didn’t want to mess with bones, so went with chicken breasts for easy shredding.) Then cover it with lots of your favorite salsa. (I used the restaurant-style salsa that I posted yesterday.) Season it with some extra salt and pepper, give it a stir, and then let your slow cooker do its thing.

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After about 4 hours (or all day long while you’re at work), pop off that lid, and the chicken should fall apart into shredded, juicy, salsa-y perfection.

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I popped half of mine into some tortillas along with avocado to make these simple chicken soft tacos. But the salsa chicken would work perfectly on just about any other Mexican chicken dish you can imagine — quesadillas, taquitos, salads, chimichangas, you name it.

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The key is just to use really good salsa, since the seasonings in the salsa are obviously what will flavor the chicken. Remember, too, that the chicken will release plenty of its own juices during cooking. So don’t be afraid to use some salsa with an extra “kick”, since the intensity of its flavor will get watered down slightly while cooking. I also recommend seasoning the meat with extra salt and pepper before cooking. (And if you like heat, feel free to throw in an extra jalapeno too.)

I mean seriously. Shredded Mexi chicken could not get any easier. You’ve gotta try it.

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2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 4 hours

Yield: About 6 cups shredded chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts*
  • 2 cups favorite salsa
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional: fresh lime wedges for serving)


Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker and cover with salsa. Toss until the chicken is covered.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6-8 hours), or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker and toss with the remaining salsa and juices until well-mixed. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. (This chicken also freezes well.)

*You can really use just about any cut of chicken for this recipe. For easy shredding though (so that you don't have to mess with bones), I recommend boneless chicken breasts or thighs.

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filed in Entrees, Gluten-free

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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38 thoughts on “2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

  1. Chicken w Salsa….

    Dinner meal….

    What do i serve this with?

    - Barb Hall

    • If you want to make tacos, I recommend making chicken tacos with corn tortillas, chicken, cilantro and chopped white onion. Then you could serve those with sides like a Mexi salad, veggies, or beans. Enjoy!

      - Ali

  2. Holy moly! This is easy enough for me to try! My slow-cooker scares me.. but this sounds too tasty to pass up.

    - Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

  3. Made this for dinner tonight and my kids (5&7) devoured it! It is definitely a recipe to keep in regular rotation. Thanks so much for the delicious & easy meal idea!

    - Brooke

  4. I made this today and it was SO GOOD. Flavorful and tender chicken with no work. Added to the weekly menu, thanks for sharing!

    - Emily M

  5. This is a brilliant idea and made a fabulous easy quick meal for the two of us , with left overs for the next day…many thanks…Cat

    - Cat Tanton

  6. I’ve been making this for a long time, but I like to check other people’s interpretations on the recipe and see if I can get some new variations on the theme. I know this is a great way to cook some shredded chicken, but I wanted to weigh in just because of how gorgeous your pictures are. Great photography!

    - Tim

  7. Just made it and loved it. Bliss

    - Courtney

  8. Yes and yes and yes.

    - bev @ bevcooks

  9. This sounds seriously yum! And so easy!
    Glad I stumbled by from Dixya’s page :)

    - Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

  10. Can the chicken be frozen or do you need to thaw first?

    - Janine

  11. This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken in the slow cooker!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  12. Great minds think alike! I have a very similar recipe coming up in a few weeks — but mine has 3 ingredients. ;)

    Love easy recipes like this! I have a few bags in the freezer for those hectic nights…

    - Rachel Cooks

  13. These tacos look incredible, just what I want for dinner!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  14. My hubby made this for supper tonight!!!! It was so good!!! Love this recipe. We will be adding this to our list of things we love to eat!!!!!

    - Patricia

  15. This is brilliant!

    - Meredith

  16. So simple! Who would have thought? I can’t wait to try it. I might cheat and use a store bought salsa =)

    - liz

  17. Another brilliant recipe, Ali!

    - Annalise @ Completely Delicious

  18. my idea of amazing dinner and lunch..even breakfast!!!

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  19. I.WANT.NOW

    - TidyMom

  20. Yum, I need to make this asap! Do you think you could make a big batch and freeze some?

    - Kelsea

  21. Recipes like this make me wish my husband ate tacos. I could eat this daily!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  22. What a clever idea.

    - Kathy @ Olives & Garlic

  23. Girl, you are wicked smart. Why didn’t I think of that?

    - Heidi Larsen (@foodiecrush)

  24. I love 2 ingredient recipes because they r super simple! This chicken looks delicious!

    - Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

  25. Been making this for quite a while now and have always used store bought jarred salsa. Going to try it with freshly made salsa next time! I bet mango salsa would be good too!

    - Jenna

  26. Salsa and chicken in the slow cooker is a staple in my house, but I’ve never attempted to make homemade salsa. You’ve officially got my gears turning (and my stomach growling.)

    - Brie @ Entrée the Giant

  27. This is absolutely drool worthy, Ali! I need to plan it for dinner soon. :)

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel