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Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa

This slow cooker chicken salsa recipe is a delicious combination of flavours from only a few ingredients.

The ingredients are easy to find, and the recipe is quick to prepare. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting guests or looking for something quick to make for dinner.

slow cooker chicken salsa on a plate

What You Need

Aside from your slow cooker, you don’t need many ingredients, unless you decide to make your own salsa. If you’re familiar with my other slow cooker recipes you will know I prefer simple and minimal preparation work!

(Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for exact measurements)

  • Boneless chicken thighs
  • Salsa – you can buy a jar from the supermarket, or make your own. I have two salsa recipes, one is a quick and easy salsa (which is what I would use for this recipe) and the other is a slightly longer version – roast tomato salsa.
  • Garlic – I go quite heavy on the garlic cloves with this recipe (8 cloves!) but you can reduce this down to 2 or 3 if you are using a garlic rich salsa.
  • Red or brown onions
  • Paprika – I prefer to use smoked, but you can use normal too.

Making It

salsa chicken ingredients in slow cooker

Unless you are making the salsa yourself, it really is as simple as adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker, stirring them together and placing the lid on top.

You don’t need to add any additional liquid as the chicken will release enough liquid during the cooking time.

I cook it for 6 to 8 hours on low, or about 4 hours on high.

What To Serve With Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Ideas include rice, mashed potato, potato wedges or chips.

chunk of salsa chicken held with some serving tongs above a plate of slow cooker chicken salsa.

Did you know I have a slow cooker recipe book out? You can either buy the digital version here, or, buy the paperback version on Amazon!

I also have a slow cooker recipe group on Facebook – come and join me!

slow cooker chicken salsa on plate
slow cooker chicken salsa recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

This slow cooker chicken salsa recipe is a delicious combination of flavours from only a few ingredients.


  • 750g - 1kg boneless chicken thighs
  • 300g salsa (shop-bought or homemade)
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 2 red onions, sliced


    1. Add chicken thighs to the slow cooker.
    2. Add salsa, garlic and sliced red onion.
    3. Stir everything together and set off on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.


Make It Hotter

Add a chopped red or green chilli for some extra heat!

Do You Want To Make Your Own Salsa?

You can make your own salsa at home, try one of these recipes;

Easy Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 305mgSodium: 979mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 63g

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Colleen Lee

Friday 9th of July 2021


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