2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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.)

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

All you need are 2 simple ingredients to make this slow cooker shredded chicken -- good salsa and 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com


Leave a Comment:


  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 13, 2014 @ 6:47 am (#)

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

  2. Brie @ Entrée the Giant — March 13, 2014 @ 7:31 am (#)

    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.)

  3. Jenna — March 13, 2014 @ 7:52 am (#)

    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!

  4. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 13, 2014 @ 7:54 am (#)

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

  5. Heidi Larsen (@foodiecrush) — March 13, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#)

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

  6. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — March 13, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    What a clever idea.

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 13, 2014 @ 12:26 pm (#)

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

  8. Kelsea — March 13, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

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

  9. TidyMom — March 13, 2014 @ 2:46 pm (#)


  10. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — March 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#)

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

  11. Annalise @ Completely Delicious — March 13, 2014 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    Another brilliant recipe, Ali!

  12. liz — March 14, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

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

  13. Meredith — March 14, 2014 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    This is brilliant!

  14. Patricia — March 14, 2014 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    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!!!!!

  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 14, 2014 @ 6:56 pm (#)

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

  16. Rachel Cooks — March 15, 2014 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    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…

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 15, 2014 @ 11:41 pm (#)

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

  18. Janine — March 18, 2014 @ 10:18 am (#)

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

    • Ali — April 5, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

      You could definitely use frozen chicken. It may just take slightly longer to cook.


  19. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — March 19, 2014 @ 1:20 pm (#)

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

  20. bev @ bevcooks — March 29, 2014 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    Yes and yes and yes.

  21. Courtney — April 28, 2014 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    Just made it and loved it. Bliss

  22. Tim — May 13, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    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!

  23. Cat Tanton — May 14, 2014 @ 3:55 pm (#)

    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

  24. Emily M — June 4, 2014 @ 7:17 pm (#)

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

  25. Brooke — July 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    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!

  26. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — July 23, 2014 @ 11:41 am (#)

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

  27. Barb Hall — August 4, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

    Chicken w Salsa….

    Dinner meal….

    What do i serve this with?

    • Ali — August 27, 2014 @ 10:34 pm (#)

      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!

  28. Alannah — October 25, 2014 @ 8:43 pm (#)

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to let you know that I made both your salsa and this shredded chicken, and both recipes were AWESOME! I used the chicken in burritos, quesadillas and wraps for lunches & dinners. I definitely am keeping this recipe in my regular rotation. Thanks for the delicious recipe… I now have bookmarked many of your others to try!


  29. Tess — November 14, 2014 @ 11:24 am (#)

    I followed your guide and used one jar of Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde and one jar of Trader Joe’s corn salsa. Shredded the chicken and used it for tacos with all the fixings. Family and friends raved. They all thought it must have a been a complicated prep. Anything but! Literally threw chicken breasts and two different kinds of salsa in the slow cooker and 4 hours later, the house smelled amazing and we had a delicious meal that could not have been any easier. Thanks so much!

  30. Jessica — December 16, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

    What a great recipe! It’s easy & it looks delicious. I’m definitely going to have to make this SOON! :) 

  31. Francisco de Leon — December 23, 2014 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    Also try the  2 ingredients but add condense cream of chicken and some taco seasoning. 4hrs on high . After that shredded the chicken and add some sour cream . Awesome!! 

  32. Andrew — February 3, 2015 @ 12:52 pm (#)

    salt pepper lime cilantro and avocado are all ingredients…

  33. sunshine — May 12, 2015 @ 9:15 am (#)

    Doing this tonight. See how well it goes.

  34. Lisa Perry — June 16, 2015 @ 9:47 am (#)

    I have been making this for years and I make this monthly.. i just sprinkle taco seasoning in it also.. and i serve over rice…  perfect everytime.. i have even thrown frozen chicken tenders in and it still cooks perfectly….

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 16, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

      That’s awesome, Lisa! We’re so glad you like it!

  35. Rhonda — July 20, 2015 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    I make this but with green (verde) salsa – it is heavenly! Just make sure that the verde salsa you buy has tomatillos as the first ingredient because some use green chilies instead. I’ve made homemade tomatillo salsa and it’s really good with the chicken also. My co-worker made this & I got the recipe from him.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 20, 2015 @ 4:32 pm (#)

      Thanks Rhonda, we’re glad you enjoyed it! Thanks also for your tip on the salsa verde, that’s good to know! :)

  36. Nick — July 22, 2015 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    The chicken looks delicious but flour tortillas? Guess that’s just the standard Americanization of foreign foods. Use corn soft tortillas people for tacos, they’re much much much better. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

      Hey Nick, we realize corn tortillas are historically more authentic. We used flour because that was our personal preference. Certainly feel free to use corn tortillas if that’s your preference! :)

  37. Andrea — September 5, 2015 @ 8:09 am (#)

    Clever and so easy!  I just plopped some chicken in the cooker and splashed in some salsa and VOILA, I’m done!  I’m looking forward to tacos tonight.  Thanks for this recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 7, 2015 @ 1:58 pm (#)

      Thanks Andrea, we’re so happy you liked this! :)

  38. Susan Winkler — September 11, 2015 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I also sprinkle one package of taco seasoning  on the chicken.  Delicious!

  39. Meghan — September 30, 2015 @ 9:31 am (#)

    This looks amazing! I don’t have a crockpot unfortunately…do you think I could put it in a pot on low heat? For a few hours? Thanks!

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 4:27 pm (#)

      Absolutely! Just give it a stir every now and then so that it doesn’t burn, but that will work well!

  40. Kathy — October 3, 2015 @ 9:32 am (#)

     Two ingredient slow cook chicken salsa 

     I made this recipe over the weekend very  healthy and delicious!  It was so easy to make just like the recipe says just put everything in the crockpot and let it cook. Everybody loved it . 

    Thanks again for the delicious recipes

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 4, 2015 @ 9:33 pm (#)

      Kathy, we’re so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed this, thanks for giving it a try! :)

  41. Ashleyregine — October 20, 2015 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Any thoughts on using boneless skinless chicken thighs instead?!

    • Ali — November 4, 2015 @ 5:08 pm (#)

      Sure, you totally could. You’ll just need to remove the bones. :)


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