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bowl of shredded slow cooker fajita salsa chicken with chips and avocado on white table

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken

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The perfect recipe for when you're short on time but still want a delicious, real food dinner, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken is a snap to prep and requires just a handful of ingredients.
Servings 6
Calories 186


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1-2 medium yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1-2 medium bell peppers red, yellow, orange or green, thinly sliced
  • 1 16-oz jar salsa divided (any brand you like, avoid those with added sugar or ingredients you can't pronounce)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons


  • Add the chicken, onions, peppers, about ⅔ of the salsa, and salt to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the chicken and vegetables are very tender.
  • Uncover and remove the chicken to a cutting board. Shred with two forks or cut into pieces.
  • If there is a lot of liquid in the slow cooker you can drain some off or leave it all in, depending on whether you want a drier or saucier consistency.
  • Add back the chicken, the remaining salsa, and lime juice, stirring everything together. Taste and add additional salt, lime juice or salsa if you like.


  • This recipe serves 4-6
  • Vegetable Side Suggestion: 5-Ingredient Everyday Creamy Slaw
  • Set aside some of the cooked, shredded chicken for resistant eaters. Serve with a veggie of choice.
  • Use whatever salsa you like, just be sure to check the ingredient list and try to avoid brands with added sugar or with ingredients you can't pronounce.
  • This chicken and veggie mixture is extremely versatile, so serve it however you like. Stuffed into tacos, wrapped in lettuce leaves, over brown rice, or just as it is.
  • Feel free to pile on the toppings. Think sliced avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, chopped cilantro, green onions, or hot sauce.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg