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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Healthy, flavorful and supremely tender chicken…all easily done in the Crock Pot? It’s ideal for busy nights, gatherings, and meal prep.

slow cooker salsa chicken
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I’m a dance show fan, but I’ve never watched any of the Step Up movies until I realized how quickly time passes on the treadmill with those flicks. The storylines are nil and it’s all predictable, but the feisty music is perfect for taking my mind off the fact that the windchill isn’t letting me bring my sneaks outside. Sometimes a girl just needs a bit of flavor and spice…

Flavor and spice. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. It’s shining with bright and bold flavors; it’s also amazingly healthy.

Dishes like this salsa chicken are destined for everything from busy weeknights to casual gatherings to easy meal prep.

slow cooker salsa chicken for meal prep
Just 6 hours in the slow cooker results in juicy, tender salsa chicken

Make the most of your Crock Pot

I am such an admirer of meals like this one. Shockingly easy, wonderfully delicious, and a crowd pleaser. If you’ve got hungry eaters, or you’re using this recipe for meal prep, feel free to double up on it. To keep things interesting, serve salsa chicken a few different ways throughout the week.

Family and friends will adore this salsa chicken for making their own rice bowls, tacos, or burritos. I personally love mixing it into a Mexican style salad, and it’s no loss of elbow grease for me. Win win.

You basically toss everything into your lovely Crock Pot. Set it and forget it. Go on with your day. Do some work, make your calls, watch a dance show, whatevs.

Six hours later, you’ll be rewarded with the most tender and scrumptious salsa chicken you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.

slow cooker salsa chicken in tacos and burritos
Serve salsa chicken with tortillas, in a rice bowl, or a bed of salad

Supremely tender and juicy

This Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is scrumptious by the forkful, wonderful in and of itself. Use either chicken breasts or thighs; since it’s basically simmered in a salsa mixture, it cooks up juicy and tender.

Ways to Serve Salsa Chicken

  • Pile salsa chicken onto tortillas for a delish taco or burrito.
  • Ladle it over brown rice or white rice, for a mouthwatering burrito bowl
  • This salsa chicken is so flavorful in bowl of mixed greens, you don’t even need dressing if you want to keep it extra healthy.

There is no wrong way to devour your salsa chicken.

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Salsa chicken is ideal for meal prep, as leftovers are delicious

Easy Meals to Cook and Eat:

slow cooker salsa chicken with avocado
Salsa chicken is perfect for simple gatherings

Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

4 from 1 reviews

This healthy Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is incredibly flavorful, tender, and versatile. Serve it in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or in a bowl over rice. It’s destined to become a family favorite.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Yield: 6


  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 8 boneless, skinless thighs)
  • 24 oz your favorite salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Optional for Serving: freshly sliced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, lime wedges, extra salsa 

Serving Ideas: rice bowls, soft or crunchy tacos, burritos, or Mexican style salad


  1. Cook Chicken: Towel dry chicken pieces. Place chicken in slow cooker. Mix salsa and spices together. Spoon over chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours if chicken is defrosted, 8 hours for frozen chicken.
  2. Shred and Season: 1 hour prior to finish, remove chicken and shred with forks. Place shredded chicken back in slow cooker along with corn and beans. Finish cooking for the last 1 hour. If needed, season with additional salt and pepper.
  3. Serve salsa chicken with your choice of toppings, with extra salsa on the side if desired.


Meal Prep: double the recipe, serve some tonight and divvy the rest up for this week. Or, freeze in freezer-friendly containers with lids for future meals. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 6.4 g
  • Sodium: 993 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26.6 g
  • Fiber: 7.9 g
  • Protein: 23.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 55.2 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: main
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: healthy Mexican chicken, salsa chicken, slow cooker chicken

Crock Pot meals that make weeknights a Breeze!

1. Slow Cooker Roast Chicken. This is like a Crock Pot miracle. You won’t believe this fall-off-the-bone tender chicken came out of your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken 2

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Teryiaki. Easy peasy, tender, delish teri chicken is yours. Perfect for busy weeknights.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki 2

3. Slow Cooker Pork Loin. Pork Loin has never been easier or more tender, with this slow cooker version. It’s brimming with flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Loin

4. Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans and Corn. You can’t talk Crock Pot without bringing on the chili. This one is chunky, hearty, flavorful, and crowd pleasing.

Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans and corn

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    • Karens

    I wish today is Saturday to have enough time to cook this recipe. I can’t wait anymore. I buy chicken and use chicken breast to cook soup for children. But we don’t know what to cook with chicken thighs. Can I use chicken thighs for this Salsa chicken? Will it be a tender chicken?

    • Katherine C Goodman

    Great recipe but it made too much for us. Can the leftovers be frozen?

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you liked the dish, Katherine! Yes, you can seal leftovers airtight and freeze for up to 2-3 weeks.

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