Chicken in the Crockpot

Dear Home Ec 101,

What can I put in the crock pot with some chicken breasts? I’m not wanting to dump a hunk of cream of salt and fat, Ummmm I mean cream of chicken in on top. other suggestions for something a bit different.

~Starving in Stirling

Heather says:

If you’re looking for a change of Pace, why not try salsa? Put the chicken in the crock, add about a cup of your favorite salsa. (Don’t worry about measuring it, just dump a little in). Cook until tender, then shred with forks and serve in tacos, chimichangas, or burritos.

To stretch the meat, add a can of black beans after shredding and heat through.

You can also get a flavor similar to roast chicken.




  1. Christina Doffing on April 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Heather ~How long if I am doing frozen chicken breast? and on Low?

    • Heather on April 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Off the top of my head, if they are boneless, I’d say 6 – 8 hours, check with an instant read thermometer.

  2. Rachel on October 3, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Ooh, can we get tons more crockpot recipes? I’m about to break mine out for the winter. 🙂

  3. Margo on October 3, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Oh wow, I LOVE crockpot season and all these suggestions sound really really delicious. I’m especially drawn to the tortellini one. . .

  4. Connie on October 3, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Punny little jokes are the best. 🙂

  5. Samantha on October 2, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    I’m so glad I asked! It was FAB! I used some Pace chunky chipole salsa with roasted jalopenas.. It had an awesome flavor. I put 3/4 of the jar in:) I then got some burrito tortillas, heated them in the microwave a few seconds, shredded the chicken, put it in the middle, put some mexican cheese on top, melted it in the microwave, wrapped and then, the best part, I dipped out some of the “salsa broth” from the bottom of the crock…put it on top.. can you say YUMMMY.. Now, since I’m having a minor surgery tomrrow and won’t be up to cooking, I’m simply removing the bones from the chicken, leaving everything else in the crock, adding some black beans, corn, and maybe a tad of taco seasoning and making some “taco chicken soup” for tomorrow night. Thanks Heather for a great suggestion!

  6. Heather on October 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    My favorite…. Italian dressing and chicken broth. Once cooked through throw some cheese tortellini in there and let that cook for a few. YUMMY!!

  7. Summer on October 2, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I did some not long ago with a can of crushed pineapple, soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Yummy over steamed rice!!!

  8. jaz on October 2, 2007 at 4:21 pm


  9. Bramble on October 2, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    if you’ve got bone-in meat, try red wine and mushrooms. Mmmm. Cooking sherry works too in a pinch.
    For an italian twist how about tomato sauce?
    The glory of the crockpot- Meat Liquid = FOOD