Crockpot Salsa Chicken

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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!


4.7 from 3 reviews
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. Megan says

    do you think I could use a can of rote instead of jar of salsa? I don’t have salsa on hand. I wonder if it would be enough liquid…

  2. Bre says

    Thanks for this quick easy meal! I added brown rice and black beans with a little water in the bottom of the crock pot. I also put a dollop of sour cream on the plate. It made a delicious meal!

  3. rachal says

    Ok so when you thaw out chicken how do you thaw it out?
    I want to make this tonight but chicken is frozen so I need to thaw out first. Need suggestions on how to do that.

  4. Brenna says

    I’ve been making this for years and We take this recipe to the extreme of easy. I dump frozen breasts in my cp, dump a jar of salsa over it. Set my timer to come on about 1:30 PM (chicken is thawed enough by then and keeps the salsa cold while doing so). And I cook on low from then til 5 pm. About 4:30…if I’m around, I lift the lid and sprinkle cheese on. if I’m not, it goes on the chicken on the fixed plates. (we usually serve with rice and corn). Leftovers do not get eaten at my house, so I have to be creative. The leftovers turn into shredded chicken tacos for tomorrow or the day after.

  5. Maureen says

    Are your chicken breast fresh or frozen?
    If mine are frozen, is 2 hours long enough?
    Is there a tip to tell when they’re done?

    • says

      Hi Maureen,
      My chicken breasts were not frozen, I thawed them out first. 2 hours would definitely not be long enough for frozen chicken breasts, and I’m not sure I’d use frozen chicken in the slow cooker, I read somewhere long time ago that it’s not recommended to use frozen chicken in the slow cooker, something to do with bacteria, so you’re better off to thaw it out first.

  6. marion herman says

    This is our very favorite dish. The only complaint I get is why did I not make more. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  7. Kristy says

    When u say crockpot do u mean slow cooker?? And if so usually slow cooker cooks on high for 4hrs but In the recipe 1.5-2hrs is long enough to cook the chicken breast through?

  8. Margaret Foster says

    I have read many many cooking articles and crock pot recipes and they all caution you to NEVER PUT FROZEN MEAT, ESPECIALLY CHICKEN AND PORK in a slow cooker as it sets you up for a potential illness as it takes a good while for the meat to start cooking and it is the same thing as setting that pork or chicken out on the counter to thaw, which is a big no-no.

  9. 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

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