Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner Ideas for Families

This is absolutely my go-to easiest family dinner recipe.  It takes less than 3 minutes to get it into the slow cooker and is very forgiving on how long you leave it to cook.

Once this slow cooker chicken recipe is complete, it is easy to make a variety of meals.  If you are sitting down for dinner tonight, you might want to check out our family dinner games.

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner Ideas for Families

Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

You won’t even need to print this one out!  It is very simple:

  • Small package of fresh salsa  or pico de gallo {12-16 oz}
  • 3 chicken breasts

That is the basic ratio I use.  I have doubled and tripled this recipe in the same crock pot {I have a big one}.  This is also a great place to use 1/2 used jars of salsa or combining whatever you have on hand.  My favorite is the standard fresh salsa I find at my grocery store, but I have used canned versions I get at large discount stores for a large recipe including a very delicious Mango salsa variety.

Place in the slow cooker for the day at low or for the afternoon at high.  If the salsa you are using isn’t very juicy or you are using pico de gallo, add some water to cover the bottom of the slow cooker about 1/2 inch deep.

I usually use the mild or medium heat salsa because that is what my kids prefer.

3 Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner Ideas

There are several ways we regularly use this recipe for dinner:

  1. Simple chicken breast with salsa.  This is the easiest because I just pull the chicken out of the crock pot and straight to the plate.  It tastes great with a rice or potato side dish.
  2. Shredded chicken tacos.  I use a fork to shred the chicken and then top with the salsa from the slow cooker.  Top the tacos with all your favorite taco accessories.
  3. Chicken nachos.  This is super simple too.  I top tortilla chips with chunks of chicken or chicken shreds with the salsa, cheese and a jalapeno slice and put in oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees about 4 minutes until the cheese melts.

Obviously, there are a ton of other ways to use it like in quesadillas or any other chicken-y way.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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