Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (Video)
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is flavored with lime and finished under the broiler with melted Mozzarella for a tasty dinner that’s low-carb and gluten-free! And this family-friendly dinner idea has only five ingredients!
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I’m pretty sure this easy and delicious Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken will become a favorite for lots of my readers who like flavorful dishes without many ingredients that use things you usually have on hand. But if anyone is looking at the photo and thinking it doesn’t look like a slow cooker chicken recipe, let me share how we came up with this final version of the dish (which we thought was perfect.)
We started out to make simple chicken baked breasts with salsa and cheese, and the first version tasted okay, but was too watery. For our second attempt we simmered the salsa to reduce the amount of liquid (a good idea), but the oven-baked chicken seemed overdone. For our final keeper version the chicken cooks on high in the slow cooker with reduced salsa and lime and then the chicken is put in a small casserole dish, covered with Mozzarella, and put under the broiler just long enough to melt the cheese.
This may seem like too much trouble to some of you, but trust me because it produced perfectly-cooked moist chicken with spicy salsa flavor and gooey melted cheese!
What ingredients do you need?
- Pace Picante Sauce (affiliate link
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- fresh-squeezed lime juice
- grated Mozzarella cheese
Why do I love Pace Picante Sauce for this recipe?
Pace Picante Sauce is so flavorful and low in carbs that I’ve used it for years when I want that spicy salsa flavor in a recipe. Check out Low-Carb Recipes with Pace Picante Sauce for all my favorite recipes using this tasty sauce.
Want to make Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot?
You can check out Instant Pot Salsa Chicken if you prefer making this tasty chicken in the Instant Pot!
Want more low-carb recipes for the slow cooker?
Check out my huge collection of Keto Crock Pot Recipes for more slow cooker meals that are low in carbs!
Want more low-carb ideas for slow cooker chicken dinners?
This recipe is included in Amazing Low-Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners on my Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker site. There you will find 15 delicious low-carb slow cooker dinner ideas from around the web.
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
How to Make Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)
- Simmer two cups salsa on low until it is reduced to one cup. (We used Pace Picante Sauce, medium heat, but I’d use mild salsa if you’re making this for kids.)
- Trim four boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut each one in half lengthwise. (I save the trimmings to make homemade chicken stock.)
- Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray and arrange chicken in a single layer. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Mix the reduced salsa with the lime juice and pour over the chicken.
- Cook for 60-90 minutes on high, or until the chicken is cooked through. (Cooking time doesn’t have to be exact for this, but I wouldn’t go much more than 2 hours or the chicken will start to shred apart.)
- Spray a small casserole dish with non-stick spray, then use a slotted turner to lift the chicken pieces out and arrange in one layer in the dish.
- Then use a slotted spoon to scoop out the thicker parts of the salsa and dish it over the chicken, leaving the more watery salsa in the slow cooker. Scoop out enough salsa from the slow cooker that the chicken pieces are well-covered with the thickened salsa.
- Sprinkle a cup of grated Mozzarella over the chicken and place under a pre-heated broiler.
- Broil until the cheese is all melted and starting to lightly brown (probably under 5 minutes for most broilers.)
- Serve hot, with low-fat sour cream if desired.
- If you have a large slow cooker, this recipe would be perfect to double and have leftovers for later in the week.
Make it a Meal:
You could serve this tasty chicken with Spicy Mexican Slaw or Spicy Lime Coleslaw on the side for a low-carb meal.
More Tasty Recipes for Chicken:
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
This Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is flavored with lime and then finishes up under the broiler with melted Mozzarella for a tasty dinner.
- 2 cups mild or medium salsa, simmered to reduce to 1 cup
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, for seasoning chicken
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (or less if you’re not that into lime)
- 1 cup grated Mozzarella
- Put 2 cups of Pace Picante Sauce (affiliate link) or other low-sugar salsa into a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until enough liquid has evaporated that the salsa has reduced to 1 cup. (We used medium-heat salsa which was pretty spicy after being reduced; if cooking for kids I would use mild salsa and add hot sauce at the table.)
- Trim all visible fat and undesirable parts from the chicken breasts and cut each one in half lengthwise.
- Put the chicken in a single layer in a slow cooker that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- When the salsa has reduced to 1 cup, stir in the lime juice and pour the mixture over the chicken.
- Cook on high for 60-90 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. (Depending on how hot your slow cooker gets, cooking time may be a little more or less, but don’t cook too long or the chicken will start to shred apart.)
- When the chicken is cooked through, preheat the broiler and spray a small glass casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Use a slotted turner to lift out chicken pieces with whatever salsa clings to the chicken and arrange in a single layer in the casserole dish.
- Then use a slotted spoon to scoop out the chunkier parts of the salsa and spoon it over the chicken. (Just use enough so the chicken is well-covered with chunky salsa; leave the more watery salsa in the slow cooker.)
- Sprinkle 1 cup grated Mozzarella over the chicken and put the dish under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starting to lightly brown. (This will be about 5 minutes with most broilers, but watch it carefully!)
- Serve hot, with a little low-fat sour cream to add at the table if desired.
- This will keep for a day or two in the fridge.
- For best results when reheating, put it in a small glass dish covered with foil and reheat in a toaster oven. (If you must reheat it in the microwave, use lower heat so the chicken doesn’t dry out.)
I used a Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link). You need a slow cooker that’s big enough to put the chicken in a single layer.
I used a 9″x7″ glass casserole dish; any size close to that would work.
See Instant Pot Salsa Chicken if you prefer making this in the Instant Pot.
This recipe created by Kalyn and Jake with some inspiration from Salsa Chicken in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two. (affiliate link)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 654mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you use a low-sugar salsa like the Pace Picante Sauce that I used, this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe is great for low-carb or Ket diets. Low-carb eaters would probably prefer full-fat cheese. If you use low-fat mozzarella and salsa without added sugar, this recipe would be a great main-dish choice for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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63 Comments on “Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (Video)”
Candice, that sounds like a very good idea.
I did reduce the salsa so I'm thinking that you are probably correct about the chicken having added water. I always buy in bulk then separate and freeze it so I never would have thought to check the label beforehand. Either way once I drained it I loved the flavor. My very very picky husband even liked it, He called me at work to tell me 🙂 I will try cooking the chicken for a little while in the crockpot first draining it and adding the salsa next time.
Candice did you reduce the salsa to cook out most of the liquid? That would definitely make it watery if you skipped that step.
Also, some chicken nowdays is injected with water so it may have partly been the chicken you had.
I ended up having everything except lime juice at home so I made this last night. I must have done something wrong though because after 2 hours on high in the crockpot the chicken still wasn't done. It took closer to 3. And then it was very watery. I ended up eating something else while waiting for it to finish, but I brought it for lunch today. Once I drained all the extra liquid off it tastes fantastic! Definitely a keeper if I can figure out where I went wrong.
Candice, it's hard for me to suggest sides since I don't know what would appeal to you, but there are plenty of Phase One Vegetables and Side Dishes to pick from.
This sounds so good. It's going on the menu next week! What are your suggestions for phase 1 sides? I get stuck on green beans and broccoli and my husband is now refusing to touch either.
You might be able to make it in the oven on very low heat and in a dutch-oven type pan with a tight fitting pan, then finish under the broiler, but I couldn't give advice on how long to cook since I haven't done it that way. Let us know how it turns out if you try.
how to make this without a slow cooker? Would an oven suffice?
Some kind of rice, like this one might be good with it.
What would you recommend as a side dish?
Teresa, glad you liked it!
I just made this tonight and it was yummy! I agree however that it would not be a quick fix if starting from scratch after working a long day.
Thanks for the recipe Kalyn.
Thanks Glen. The C for cup is a mistake but I use T for tablespoon as an abbreviation all the time. Will edit to spell out cup though. Hope you enjoy!
Hi Kalyn, lovely looking recipe!
Thought you might like to know though that two of the words in your ingredients list are half missing. It says 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice, and 1 C grated low-fat Mozzarella. I'm hoping that the T is tablespoons because that's what I'm about to try haha.
My pleasure; hope you enjoy!
I am going to try this, it sounds wonderful. I really appreciated the "printer friendly" version. Thank you!
Thanks Mel; I was glad we kept trying!
This is truly a perfect recipe! Sometimes it takes a few tries – looks absolutely delicious, Kalyn!
Shannon, glad you enjoyed it!
I've made this more than once now and it has quickly become a favorite topped with fresh homemade guacamole! Oh. My. Goodness. It is delicious! Thank you as always! I really enjoy your blog!