Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Recipe -
Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

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"I sometimes chop up a chipotle pepper and throw it in with some adobo sauce for a twist. I don't measure spices, so my measurements are conservative."

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker, and pour in the salsa and tomato sauce. Add the garlic and onion, and sprinkle in the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Set the cooker on Low, and cook until the chicken is very tender, 4 to 5 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks for serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2011

Followed recipe exactly and put it in my small slow cooker. So easy and it makes a tasty, filling dinner. I shredded the chicken and put it in tortillas with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream.***Had about 1/2 left after first meal. Made a Chicken Taco Soup the next night by adding leftovers to 2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, one can blended, 1 can whole kernel corn, 1 can kidney beans, and 1-2 T. of Taco Seasoning I from this site. Delicious repurposed recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 18, 2011

Recipe was okay. Make a lot of food, but was lacking in flavor..maybe if the sauce was thicker.

Mar 14, 2011

Awesome & easy! I didn't have 4 hours so I cooked on high for a little over 2 hours, shredded it then cooked on low for another 20 minutes. Adults had on hoagies with melted moz on top. Kids loved with white rice on the side. Great for slow cooker Sunday :)

Nov 29, 2011

I flipped out a bit when I realized I had NO tomato sauce in my pantry. Whoops. I did have V-8 so I used that instead. I also threw in a handful of fresh cilantro. This smells AMAZING, a lot like the salsa chicken I make on a regular basis. I can only assume we'll love it just like we do salsa chicken. I plan on spooning the sauce over mexican rice and I've made homemade refried beans to go with it. Can't WAIT for dinner. NOTE: I was able to make this in my "Lil' Dipper" crockpot which saved me on counter space and it cooked it perfectly. Cutting the breasts each in half filled up the crockpot 3/4's of the way through so I didn't need to worry about burning my ingredients.

Apr 01, 2011

This is very good! The chicken is not dry and just falls apart! I made burritos out of it with green chile and cheese!

Apr 13, 2011

Extremely easy and flavorful! I used hot salsa since that was all I had and it was quite spicy, but great... I put the meat in tacos with shreaded cheddar and sour cream. My husband wants it on rotation :)

Mar 30, 2011

I completely forgot the red onion but this still tasted great. I added a few dashes of red pepper sauce too. Served over rice but husband suggested to serve in fajitas next time. Great flavor.

Mar 25, 2011

This was pretty good. This is the first time I have cooked in a crock pot. My crock pot doesn't have a low + 4 or 5 hr option, (it has a "high 4 or 6 hour" setting,) so I set it at "low 8 hrs", and took it out after 4.5 hours. I live at a high altitude (7000ft+), so things usually take a little longer to cook, but I guess this didn't need extra time. The chicken tasted a little dry and overall it was a bit too spicy for my tastes, so next time I think I'll try cooking it for 4 hrs and try putting in only 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. I ate mine on a tortilla with cheddar cheese and some sour cream. I think it would taste good on a tortilla with plain white rice (that the sauce leftover in the crock pot would flavor) and maybe some bell peppers.


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  • Calories
  • 152 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 24.4 g
  • 49%
  • Sodium
  • 392 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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