Follow The Stir

Recipe A Day


Sensational Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken With Pasta

by Julie Ryan Evans on February 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Salsa ChickenMy love affair with my slow cooker, or crock pot if you will, has continued to grow since I first bought one last year. I still marvel out how I managed to get dinner on the table for all of those years without one. It's just so easy, and there are so many ways to use it. This crock pot chicken salsa is a great way to do so.

From the blog Whisk and a Prayer, it combines just a few ingredients to make a sensational meal. Served over some whole wheat pasta with a little cheese and sour cream on top, it's a zesty, savory dish perfect for any night of the week. I also like the mixture rolled up in tortillas. The best part is you don't even have to defrost the chicken breasts -- you just put them in frozen. Talk about easy.

Crock pot Salsa Chicken with Whole Wheat Penne Pasta

3 good sized chicken breasts, frozen
1 jar of your favorite low-sodium salsa (try and select the lowest sodium salsa you can find or else your chicken will turn out too salty!)
1 lb whole wheat penne pasta


Monterrey jack cheese (shredded)
Sour cream

Coat inside of crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.

Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot. Pour one jar of salsa over chicken breasts.

Place lid on cooker and set on low.

Cover and allow chicken to cook for 8-10 hours.

After chicken is completely cooked, boil pasta until tender.

Remove chicken from crock pot and shred with two forks.

Toss pasta with chicken and left over cooking liquid from the crock pot.

Sprinkle with cheese and spoon on a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Image via Whisk and a Prayer

Filed Under: dinner, recipe a day, recipes


  • JAFE


    February 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    This sounds wonderful. I think a few pieces of bacon crumbled in here would make this perfect.

  • EBee12


    February 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I make this all the time, but I serve it with rice, and I throw in an onion and two cans of beans (any kind of beans). It's a family favorite (and sooooooooo easy to throw together.)

  • jessi...


    February 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    this sounds good thanks

  • Whitney
    -- Nonmember comment from


    February 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    I made this last night and it was incredible. I added a half cup of water and some garlic as well.
  • jessi...


    February 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks Whitney for your review

  • coppe...


    February 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Looks good, thanks! :)

1-6 of 6 comments

To leave a comment, log in as a CafeMom member:

Log In

OR, use our non-member comment form: