Salsa Chicken Crockpot – Chelsea’s Messy Apron


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Salsa Chicken Crockpot packs a punch with tender chicken, vibrant salsa, and savory spices, all slow-cooked to perfection for an effortlessly tasty meal.

Big bowl of Salsa Chicken Crockpot ready to be enjoyed.

Reasons To Love Salsa Chicken Crockpot:

  1. Easy “Dump and Forget”: Perfect for busy days.
  2. Meal Prep Friendly: Versatile for varied weekly meals.
  3. Protein-Rich & Tasty: Flavorful, protein-packed chicken.
  4. Nutritious: Balanced with protein, veggies, and spices.
  5. Versatile Pairings: Great with various sides.

Ingredients used in this recipe prepped out to make this dinner.

Salsa Chicken Crockpot Ingredients

  • Salsa: Choose your favorite for the base flavor.
  • Chicken Thighs: Optimal for flavor and texture.
  • Spices: A homemade blend for a flavorful boost.

Serving Suggestions 

If you’re meal prepping this Salsa Chicken in the Crockpot, knock out some sides to go along with it for the week!

I usually make a big batch of white or brown rice, a large batch of Cilantro-Lime sauce, and a batch of roasted corn and peppers, to which I add some beans.

Then it’s all about toppings:

  • Fresh Lime and/or Cilantro: For a zesty, fresh touch.
  • Guacamole or Ripe Avocado: Adds creaminess.
  • Cheese: Melts beautifully into the warm chicken.
  • Sour Cream: For a cool, tangy finish.

All the ingredients being added to a crockpot for this Salsa Crockpot Chicken and it all being cooked.

Re-Purpose Crockpot Salsa Chicken Leftovers In:

  1. Tacos/Burritos: Or big burrito bowl!
  2. Salads: Top with Cilantro Lime Dressing
  3. Wraps: With veggies and this creamy sauce.
  4. Quesadillas: Mixed with cheese.
  5. Sandwiches/Sliders: With some slaw.
  6. Soups/Stews: For heartiness.
  7. Rice Bowls: With veggies and sauce.
  8. Omelettes/Frittatas: In eggs for breakfast.
  9. Pizza: As a topping.

Chicken being shredded and added back into the crockpot.

How To Make Salsa Chicken Crockpot

  • Add Ingredients: Place salsa, chicken, and spices in the slow cooker, mix.
  • Cook: Cover and cook until chicken is tender.
  • Shred Chicken: Remove, discard fat, and shred.
  • Mix Back: Return chicken to the slow cooker, stir.
  • Serve: Enjoy with your choice of sides and toppings.

The meal prepped out for meal prep.

STORAGE

Salsa Chicken Crockpot Storage

  • Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze in freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Thaw if frozen, then reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warm.

More Easy High-Protein Recipes

Salsa Chicken Crockpot

Salsa Chicken Crockpot packs a punch with tender chicken, vibrant salsa, and savory spices, all slow-cooked to perfection for an effortlessly tasty meal.

Salsa chicken crockpot prepped out for meal prep.

Salsa Chicken Crockpot

Salsa chicken crockpot prepped out for meal prep.

Salsa Chicken Crockpot packs a punch with tender chicken, vibrant salsa, and savory spices, all slow-cooked to perfection for an effortlessly tasty meal.

Instructions

  • PREP: Generously spray a large 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

  • SLOW COOKER: Combine all the ingredients listed under “For the Slow Cooker” in the prepared crockpot.

  • COOK: Stir well to combine. Ensure chicken is submerged in liquid as much as possible. Cover and cook on high for 3½-5 hours, or on low for 4-6 hours, or until chicken shreds easily. Turn off the slow cooker.

  • SHRED CHICKEN: Remove chicken, discard any fat, and shred the meat using two forks or dice with a knife.

  • FINISHING: Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir gently. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

  • OPTIONAL: Prepare roasted peppers and corn as a side (see Note 2).

  • SERVE: The toppings seal the deal! Serve the chicken over cooked rice, topped with your choice of toppings such as lime, cilantro, cilantro-lime sauce, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese, etc.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Chicken thighs are recommended for more flavor and tenderness, but chicken breasts can be used; cut into three even pieces. Watch timing carefully, breasts dry out quick!
Note 2: Roasted peppers, corn, and black beans make great sides especially if meal prepping for the week. Follow this recipe (without optional toppings); thinly slice the peppers (instead of cutting into chunks) and toss black beans on the sheet pan after roasting.
Note 3: For convenience, use store-bought cilantro-lime sauce. Or prepare a homemade version (Cilantro Lime Sauce or this Healthy Cilantro-Lime Sauce). 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.3g | Protein: 28.9g | Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 133.2mg | Sodium: 976.5mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 2.7g

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