Raise your hand if you went a little overboard this holiday weekend and ate or drank more than you should have. Yep. Me too. Guilty as charged.

But don’t worry – today, I’ve got a fantastic recipe for helping you get back on track this week and to help get you prepared!

My Crock Pot Salsa Chicken recipe is what is going to save me this week. And it can be a big a help to you too!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I made a nice big batch of this delicious, juicy, flavorful chicken breast to use all week on top of salads, in tacos and wraps, and in burrito bowls.

Basically, it’s just 2 simple ingredients in your Crock Pot or Instant Pot – a jar of your favorite salsa and chicken breasts. It literally takes just a few minutes to throw these two ingredients together, and then your slow cooker (or Instant Pot), will do it’s magic, and you’ll be left with some perfectly seasoned slow cooker shredded chicken to use on countless dishes.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

If you love Mexican flavors, you are going to want to give this easy chicken recipe a try because you will be thrilled with all of the amazing ways you’ll be able to use it!

It’s ideal for meal prep and packed lunches, and is always a huge help to me if I have NOTHING prepared for myself for lunch and need to throw together a quick, healthy meal. I like to keep a container in the fridge for quick and easy access, and then use some to prep a few meals for the week.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I rely on this recipe. Seriously, it is SO easy. And if you haven’t ever done it before, you are going to be super excited when you realize what a game changer this is!

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I have cooked it in both my Instant Pot pressure cooker as well as with the slow cooker option, and both methods work out perfectly, with no differences. I use the slow cooker method if I’m busy and want to set it and forget it for a few hours, and I use the Instant Pot method if I’m going to be cooking in the kitchen for a while and/or need to use that tasty chicken sooner rather than later.

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

This salsa chicken will work well in just about any Mexican dish you can think up – burrito bowls, tacos, salads, taquitos, flautas, enchiladas, nachos, you name it!

But the key to the success of the recipe is using a really good salsa. Because the chicken will release a lot of liquid when it’s cooking, you’re going to want to use a really bold flavored salsa with this, as the flavor of the salsa will get watered down a bit. I have tried it with quite a few, and my personal favorite is Trader Joe’s Garlic Chipotle Salsa.

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

The bold, smoky chipotle flavor makes this option work SO well! But if you have no TJ’s near you, fear not! Just pick your own favorite salsa. You can always season it up with some extra salt and pepper. If you are in a pinch, you can even make your own with my 5 Minute Restaurant Salsa Recipe! It works great with that salsa too.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Mexican slow cooker shredded chicken could not be any easier with this Crock Pot Chicken Salsa Recipe. You seriously must give this one a try!

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3.59 from 12 votes
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
Fresh chicken breasts are combined with salsa to make tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, chicken meat, with incredible Mexican flavors. Great for using in tacos, burritos, on top of salads or baked potatoes - endless possibilities!
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 142 kcal
  • 1 lb chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa (must be made with all 0 Points ingredients)
  1. Place chicken in your crock pot. Pour salsa over top.
  2. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 6 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
  3. Using two forks, shred the cooked chicken.
  1. Place chicken in the pressure cooker. Pour salsa over top.
  2. Cover with lid and set it on POULTRY for 15 minutes. Allow to natural release for 15 minutes.
  3. Using two forks, shred the cooked chicken.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe make 4 servings

Serving size is about ½ cup shredded chicken

Each serving = 0 Points*

*based only on ingredients that have an SP Freestyle value 

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.9g4%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 350mg15%
Potassium 564mg16%
Carbohydrates 3.1g1%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 24.8g50%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. My Instant Pot does not have a poultry setting. What is the equivalent – high pressure?

  2. If I make this in the instant pot, can I add corn and black beans? I know it may change the points but how will it affect the cooking time?

    • Wendy

      Hi Debbie! Great question! Yes, you can add corn and canned black beans (not dried beans). This would not affect the cooking time, and it doesn’t affect the Points as corn and black beans are both 0 Point foods.