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

20+ easy back to school slow cooker recipes: 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. Plus 20+ more back to school slow cooker recipes I know you'll love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Chicken Breast, Crockpot, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 186


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1-2 medium yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1-2 medium bell pepper red, yellow, orange or green, thinly sliced
  • 1 16-oz jar or container 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 makes 4-6 servings
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