Salsa Chicken: A Simple Crock-Pot Meal

Do you ever have those days where you just stare into your pantry with no idea what to make for dinner? This was me the other night. I had thawed out chicken, but no clue what I was going to make. I scoured my pantry and refrigerator and came up with, what I thought, would be a brilliant idea! Thus, Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken was born. I had been wanting fajitas, but lacked the motivation to go to the store for my missing ingredients. So I threw together this crock-pot dish and prayed it would turn out decent. Well it turned out more than decent. the salsa chicken was a hit!

Crock-pot salsa chicken is a simple dish that the whole family will enjoy.

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken

Now I am typically not one to measure out ingredients. I prefer to eyeball them and taste as I go along. So I started with my chicken breasts and placed them in the crock pot alone with a jar of salsa that I had in the refrigerator. I then added in a can of Rotel, a dash of Cholula hot sauce, a dash of wing sauce, and some fajita seasoning. If you don’t have fajita seasoning you can use salt, pepper, chill powder and cumin. You can really make this as spicy or mild as your heart desires! After I had everything in, I added a little bit of chicken broth (or you can use water) just to make sure the chicken was completely covered by liquid. When all the goodness in in, just put on the lid and let it do its thing. I cooked it on low for about 6 hours.

Salsa Chicken in the crock-pot


After the Crock-Pot

After about 6 hours, I preheated my oven to 350. I took all of the chicken out and placed it in a glass cooking dish. Since you don’t want to lose any of the tomato goodness, I made sure to scoop all of it out, along with some of the cooking liquid and put it over top of my chicken. I used about a half a bag of shredded cheese and covered that bad boy up. She went in the oven for about ten minutes to get the cheese all good and melted.

Remove the chicken and salsa from the crock pot, cover with cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted.

Viola! Dinner was ready. i cooked up some white rice and carrots and we had ourselves a feast! I was nervous that my daughter wouldn’t like it, but she ate a huge helping! I think the ranch helped though. She loves to dip anything and everything in ranch. Even my husband said that this is a for sure make again dish! I loved it because it was quick and easy, delicious, and cleanup was a breeze! I found that using crock-pot liners makes my life so much easier. If you haven’t tried them, you need to pick some up next time you are at the store because they will change your life.

Salsa chicken is out of the oven and ready to eat!


Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken Recipe

Serves 3
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 6 hours, 15 minutes
Total time 6 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish


  • 1lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 jar Salsa
  • 1 can Rotel
  • dash Hot Sauce
  • dash Wing Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • .5 bag Cheese


Add all ingredients, except the cheese, to your crock-pot.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
Preheat oven to 350
Remove chicken and salsa mixture from crock-pot and place in a baking dish along with some of the cooking liquid
Cover with cheese
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
Serve over rice and enjoy

A delicious chicken recipe that is extremely simple with just the right amount of heat.


  1. Heather says:

    Yes, I love this! I make something similar but I always end up shredding the chicken to make tacos. It is one of my families favorite meals and oh so easy!

  2. 21flavorsofsplendor says:

    Great weeknight meal! I always have a jar of salsa around, so this would be a great addition to my meal rotation.

  3. lovelysilvia says:

    YUM!! This looks and sounds delicious! I saw something similar to this over the weekend and didn’t get the recipe so I’m glad I got this one!

  4. amandahrosson says:

    This looks so good!! I love the idea of cooking the chicken in a crockpot first – slow cooked chicken is so tender and juicy!

  5. Jennifer Marx (JenuineMom) says:

    This looks really yummy, and I love anything I can make in a crock pot. I’ve bookmarked this recipe to try later this week!

  6. jlawsonn says:

    Thanks so much for sharing it looks so good. i am always trying to find more recipes to use in my slow cooker i’ve had it for 2.5 years and have only done one dish in it

  7. almostindianwife says:

    This looks amazing! I’m always on the hunt for good quick meals! Dinner time is crazy in our house because I have three little boys. I love crockpot meals to make it easier!

  8. reesann723 says:

    This is one of the first crock pot meals I started making years ago. A friend of mine recently told me she adds a block of cream cheese sometimes!

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