Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Salsa Chicken with cheese – only 3 ingredients, it’s embarrassingly easy to make.


Have you ever gone to look at open houses that are worth millions of dollars? I did that yesterday with a friend. Well now I know how the rich live. I fell in love with this house, I saw my dream kitchen. I wish I would have brought my camera to take some pictures. I’ll just have to go again, it’s only 2 minutes away from me, and I’ll have to take some pictures and show you guys. It was so beautifully decorated, I think that’s what I liked the most.

But I digress, so let me tell you about this crockpot salsa chicken.

Oh dear! I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this salsa chicken is. Not only is it yummy, but there are only 3 ingredients in this recipe and it’s made in a crockpot. It’s embarrassing how easy it is to make this chicken. Basically all you do is put your chicken in the crockpot, pour a jar of salsa over it and cook it on high for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. You don’t want to cook it more than that, because it will start falling apart, but take the chicken and place it in a baking dish and spoon some of that leftover salsa over it, sprinkle with some cheese and bake at 425 F degrees for about 15 minutes and this is what you end up with.

Not only does this chicken look gorgeous, it’s amazing! 3 ingredients! That’s it! You can’t beat that!


Crockpot Salsa Chicken
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Serves: 6
  • 6 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 jar mild salsa (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Mexican blend
  1. Place whole chicken breasts in your crockpot and pour the salsa over it. Cook anywhere from 1½ to 2 hours on high, you don't want to cook it longer because it will start falling apart.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
  3. Take a 8x8 baking dish or 9x13, depends how big your chicken breasts are, mine were fairly small, you can spray it with cooking spray if you want, but I didn't, and carefully place the chicken in the dish. Spoon some of the leftover salsa (from the crockpot) over the chicken and sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until it's nice and golden brown, and you'll see the sauce and cheese bubbling.


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  1. Cheryl says

    what size crock pot? Can you stack the chicken breasts on top of each other? Have a 5 quart Crock pot is that big enough. Really like to try this recipe

  2. Kelly says

    I would love to put this in the pot in the morning and let it cook on low. Could I put frozen breasts in and let it cook on low for 8 hours? Do you think this would work?

    • says

      I haven’t tried this recipe with frozen chicken breast, but it will work for sure, just not sure about the timing. But the worst that could happen is the meat would become very tender and be easy to shred so in that case you can make tacos with it.

  3. sue says

    Great recipe!!!! I have made this before but I like to cook until falling apart so I can serve over tortillas…sometimes i add birdseye steamfresh southwestern style rice..yum!

  4. Kristen says

    Hi Jo,

    Great recipe! I have made it once before, and am making it again tonight for a dinner party… we are having 7 people though, will that extra chicken breast make a difference in cooking time?

    • says

      Thanks Kristen. I would maybe keep it for a couple hours at least in the crockpot, but it depends on how big your crockpot is and whether the breasts are stacked, but to be certainly sure, it’s best to cut into one chicken breast and if it’s no longer pink it’s done.

  5. Sarita says

    Saw this on Pinterest.will make it for my grandsons next week…I watch them three days a week. It’s summer so,I have them for 10 hours. We get tired of sandwiches! So will make this for lunch with smashed potatoes and some corn!! Yum! Thank you.

  6. Kelly T says

    My husband loves chicken, but I get so darn tired of doing the same thing over and over. So glad to find this! Can’t wait to try it. Will come back and let you know how it goes over!

  7. Debbie says

    This looks incredible! Should the chicken be fully defrosted since it should only be in the crockpot for a short amount of time or is frozen ok?

  8. amy says

    I have a crowd to cook for and would like to use the smaller tenderloins. Should I go less than 1.5 hours in the crockpot?

    • says

      Well you’d want to make sure the chicken is fully cooked, I would just play it by ear and see when it’s done. If you keep it longer, the only thing that can happen is that it might fall apart on you.

  9. says

    I loved this chicken recipe. The meat was tender juicy and delicious! If I wanted to cut this recipe in half… How long would the cooking time be?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Even if you cut the recipe in half, you wouldn’t reduce the time by much, because you are cooking it in a crockpot. I’d still leave it for about an hour and a half. :)

    • says

      You could definitely use a dutch oven, same idea, cook the thighs in the salsa, maybe with the lid on over low heat, checking in on it every once in a while, then top with cheese and throw it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese melts. That should work.

  10. Rhonda says

    Could u make this the day before and heat it up in the oven when u put the cheese on? I work and don’t get home in time to put it in the crockpot,

    • says

      Depends if you’re going healthy, it would go nicely with a salad. I ate it with mashed potatoes, but a side of green beans would go as well.

  11. MELISSA says

    I am OBSESSED with using my crock pot…and my three year old son is a picky eater but he loves chicken. I just threw this in the crock pot a little bit ago and it looks and smells great already. It’s definitely going to be a hit for us. Thank you so much!!

  12. says

    I made this on Monday and it was a hit. My husband can’t have cheese, so I let it off for him. Simple, fast, and delicious! It went well with the lime tortilla chips that I can’t get enough of. Have you tried lime chips from Tostitos? Well, you must. Thanks for posting this one. All the best.

  13. Anna says

    Hi Jo! I lovvvveeeee your recipes! I’ve made 3 dishes in the last week and the latest was the crockpot salsa chicken. It was so tasty and flavorful. Thanks for sharing!

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