Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken (only 4 ingredients!)

by Amy on 21 April 2015

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken: An incredibly delicious, super simple, 4-ingredient recipe. Perfect for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more! | www.FearlessHomemaker.comIt’s no secret that I love my crock-pot. I use it year ’round to cook beef, chicken, pork, farro, and more. And today, I’m introducing you to my most-frequently-made, #1 favorite, absolute easiest crock-pot recipe: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken! I have been making this recipe for years, but I’ve never shared it on the blog until now. Why? Because it’s so darn simple that it’s almost NOT a recipe. It has a mere 4 ingredients + a whopping 2 minutes of prep time to get everything layered. That said, I make this recipe frequently for family, friends, parties, and potlucks, and it is the recipe that I get the most requests for. I’ve emailed out this simple little recipe probably 100 times, so I figured it was time to write it up properly, grab a few pictures, and share it with y’all!

Basically, you take boneless/skinless chicken breasts, taco seasoning, diced green chiles, and your favorite salsa. Layer those ingredients as I’ve pictured, cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, and the finished result is a chicken that is wonderfully tender, flavorful, versatile, and crowd-pleasing. I’ve used it for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, rice + bean bowls, and more. Note that there are similar recipes out there for two-ingredient salsa chicken (using only chicken + salsa), which I’ve tried, but I just find them a bit too one-dimensional for me. With the added taco seasoning and green chiles, it kicks it up to a whole ‘nother level, with tons more flavor + depth. I can’t wait for y’all to give this super simple recipe a try – I think you are going to love it!

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken: An incredibly delicious, super simple, 4-ingredient recipe. Perfect for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more! |

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

serves 6-8, a Fearless Homemaker recipe


6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 packet taco seasoning of your choice
1 small can (4.5 oz) mild diced green chiles, drained
1.5 cups salsa of your choice (I typically use Private Selection Restaurant Style Salsa)


Arrange three chicken breasts side-by-side in a single layer in the bottom of your crock-pot. Sprinkle evenly with half of the taco seasoning. Top with half of the green chiles. Top with half of the salsa.

Do a second layer of the same – three chicken breasts, the rest of the taco seasoning, the rest of the chiles, and the rest of the salsa.

Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, until the chicken is fall-apart tender. Shred with two forks and toss with as much remaining cooking liquid as you like. I typically toss it with all the remaining cooking liquid, because my family likes a juicier chicken. If you want a less-juicy chicken, simply toss with less liquid.

Serve in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, rice and bean bowls, and more. — the possibilities are endless!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth April 21, 2015 at 5:42 am

This chicken looks wonderful. And so easy! Sounds like one I’ll definitely have to add to my collection.

2 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 21, 2015 at 7:18 am

Slow cookers are the best thing to ever happen to shredded meats. I had done the salsa and seasoning thing to chicken in the slow cooker before but I never thought to use green chiles too!

3 Heather Mason@ Nutty Nutrition April 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm

love how simple this recipe is! The chicken looks like it tastes great and can be used so many different ways!

4 Lily Lau April 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Love slow cook, this chicken must taste awesome :)

5 Thalia @ butter and brioche April 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

This looks like one comforting and hearty dish. Slow cooked meals are so perfect for the cool Autumn weather we have here in Australia now – so thanks for the recipe.

6 Matt Robinson April 22, 2015 at 12:03 am

Nothing better during the week, can’t wait to add this one to my list!

7 AllieBeau April 22, 2015 at 12:34 am

This sounds great, I’ve been braising chicken a ton lately while working from home, but I’ll be back in an office soon and I can’t wait to start using my crockpot regularly again! This would make amazing taquitos!!

8 Agness April 22, 2015 at 3:26 am

I love foods like this one. Quick and easy to make and so healthy. 10/10 from me, sweetie :)!

9 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee April 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

i love quick recipes like this. I made a pork tenderloin like this too

10 Amy April 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

I haven’t tried pork tenderloin in the slow-cooker yet (mostly because I do an oven-roasted recipe that’s so crazy easy + delish that it’s hard to stray from it!) but I have done pork shoulder/Boston butt in the slow-cooker and I love it!

11 Sam @ SugarSpunRun April 22, 2015 at 9:37 am

I love how easy this is! I love salsa chicken, this is going to get added to next week’s dinner menu :)

12 Easyfoodsmith April 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Love such recipes where the effort is minimal and the end result is finger licking good. Thanks for sharing.

13 Maigan April 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Hey there! Love that you posted this. Can you post your black beans too?? And maybe that clantro rice too … 😉 basically i want your mexican goodness!!!

14 Amy April 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Ha! Here’s the Cilantro-Lime Rice: and I’ll have to properly measure + type up the black beans, too! Basically, I use sauteed onion/garlic, black beans, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, a bit of tomato sauce, chicken or vegetable broth, + a pinch of nutmeg. Mmmmmm!

15 Amy (Savory Moments) April 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I love recipes like this – they are perfect for a weeknight meal and lots of easy work lunch leftovers, too!

16 Adri April 23, 2015 at 8:33 am

All hail the Slow Cooker Queen. All of your recipes sound wonderful, and this is no exception. I have got to try this – I know Bart will flip for it. I hope all is well with you and yours.

17 Amy April 23, 2015 at 9:01 am

You are so sweet, Adri – thank you for your kind words, as always!

18 sarah k @ the pajama chef April 23, 2015 at 9:19 am

looks fabulous! i absolutely love recipes like this… i used to make them all the time but have stopped lately. not sure why! yum!

19 Kelly April 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I love all your slow cooker meals! This chicken looks so flavorful and delicious! Love how simple it is too! Perfect for those busy nights!

20 Agness April 25, 2015 at 3:34 am

Another amazing way to prepare the chicken, something very different and it looks super yummy. Was it spicy? I am not a big fan of spicy food.

21 Amy April 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

Good question – this dish WILL be spicy if you use a spicy salsa or taco seasoning, but if you use a mild version of both, it’s not spicy at all. So, choose accordingly, so it won’t be spicy for you! =)

22 Abbie March 15, 2021 at 9:17 pm

About how many pounds of chicken is this recipe for?

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