Slow cooker salsa chicken is one of those no-brainer slow cooker meals that everyone needs in their back pocket. Slow cookers are such a game-changer. Requires little effort, a healthier way of cooking, and less stress. Have a look at the Best Slow Cookers to find one that’s best for you. The Ingredients for this Salsa Chicken is: chicken breasts, salsa, salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder

Slow cooker salsa chicken

Easy slow cooker meal

Everyone needs an arsenal of brainless slow cooker meals in their back pocket. I’ve been preaching to the masses that healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and this slow cooker salsa chicken perfectly illustrates that. Chicken + salsa + spices = stupid easy cheap meal

If you can take three minutes to put a couple of things in a slow cooker, you can make this salsa chicken. Seriously, anyone can make this! Even beginner cooks can do this. I don’t like to make everything in the slow cooker, but if you are wanting shredded meat or tender beans, that’s where the slow cooker shines.

tongs grabbing slow cooker salsa chicken from a white slow cooker

Uses for slow cooker salsa chicken

There are so many things you can do with this base recipe. Because I’m a frugal foodie, I encourage you to get a couple of meals from this single recipe. So maybe one night you have this salsa chicken in tortillas for tacos, and then a couple of nights later you could use the leftovers for baked nachos. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  • top a taco salad
  • in a corn or flour tortilla
  • in a lettuce cup
  • filling for chicken enchiladas
  • filling for quesadillas
  • over rice
  • filling for burritos
  • topping for nachos

Salsa Chicken FAQ

Can I cook it longer than four hours?

Yes you can cook it up to eight hours, but you run the risk of the chicken getting overcooked. If your slow cooker has a setting that turns to warm after an elapsed time frame, I would do that.

Do I have to use a certain salsa?

No, any salsa will work. Choose one with a heat level that your family likes. I prefer medium heat level, but mild or hot work as well.

Do I have to use the spices listed?

No, but for best flavor results, I recommend them. Just chicken and salsa will be delicious if you are in a pinch.

Slow cooker salsa chicken

Three minute prep salsa chicken.  Can be eaten on its own, in tacos, on a salad, in a burrito or over rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword salsa chicken, slow cooker
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 3 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.

  2. Pour salsa and seasonings over chicken.

  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

  4. Shred chicken and stir into "sauce".

More super easy slow cooker recipes:

Pot roast, potatoes and carrots

Pinto beans

Italian beef

Red beans and rice

Tomato soup