Slow cooker chicken and salsa

    5 hours 15 min

    This is such an easy slow cooker recipe with just 3 ingredients. The chicken comes out moist and sweet. You can use use chicken thighs and drumsticks if you prefer. It's perfect for using in tacos as the chicken will pull apart with a fork.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 onion, sliced and separated into rings
    • 1 (2.25kg) whole chicken
    • 500g salsa, fresh or jarred

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5hr  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:5hr15min 

    1. Spread onion rings into the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken onto onion layer with breast-side facing down. Pour salsa over the chicken.
    2. Cook on High until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 5 hours.
    3. Remove the chicken from slow cooker, cover with a doubled sheet of foil; allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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    4/9/2016A three ingredient recipe that you dump in a pot and come back to find it magically transformed into a five-star delicious meal? Too good to be true? Nope, this is it! This is as delicious as it is easy. Thank you for the recipe. Update!! 3/31/18 Made this with salsa verde. It’s excellent either way.  -  08 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Edited to add: And two years later, I'm still making this!! Still a family favorite! This is delicious and so versatile! I used a whole bag of thawed, skinless chicken breasts, instead of whole chicken, since I don't like messing with the skin and bones. Cooked for about 3-1/2 hrs on high in the slow-cooker. I used mild picante but easy to spice up with a hotter variety. Wonderful served with rice, plain, Spanish or Mexican. This makes lots of juice to spoon over the rice. With just two of us at home, there was enough for lunches, and still have plenty left to shred for Easy Chicken Fajita Soup, adding the excess juice as a base for the soup broth! My head is spinning from all of the possibilities for this! It will become a staple to use in my freezer make-ahead meals.  -  05 May 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I do this with chicken breast. And found deli salsa to work amazingly well. Although I bet this version is good too, I don't like to deal with the bones. I skip the onion, cook a few hours and shred. I freeze in portions to use in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos... Whatever. The juice makes a great base for chicken tortilla soup! I should mention I really don't like to cook chicken in the crock pot. This is the only chicken dish I do.  -  24 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)