Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice

Need to feed a crowd? Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice, is a great meal to make in the crock pot, perfect for feeding a large group.

Enjoy this easy meal for a weeknight meal, Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice. It’s great as leftovers for tacos, enchiladas, or burritos, or Mexican bowls.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice

Get cooking in the morning for a delicious meal for dinner! You can also make my Best Parmesan Basil Brown Rice Recipe.

When I grow up, I want to be more like Jane. Neither of us proably know Jane, but read on …

Recently my friend sent me a portion of an obituary that really touched my heart. Jane was 80, and it went like this:

She {Jane} was the ultimate hostess and was considerate of everyone. She perfected the art of making people comfortable by being aware of their cultural and personal needs. Quiet dinners around the dining table, family gatherings, and student parties will be remembered by all who entered her home. Jane was kind, caring, thoughtful, and generous in all aspects of her life.

Sharing home and food.

Last week Abby’s friends were over after school. Luckily, that afternoon, I had put in the crock pot one of our favorite family recipes: Crock Pot {Mango} Chicken. When the “starving” kids were mingling in our kitchen, on a golden late afternoon, I was prepared and could feed them.

It was my pleasure, and it made me happy to share our home and food.

The next season.

The day is coming when Paul and I will be alone, so I’m starting to prepare myself. I do not like the feeling of our kids moving on to their own separate lives, but I’m embracing the fact that it’s a time of life, one that we all journey through, and God is preparing me for the “next” season.

More like Jane.

When I read about the life of Jane, it makes me think there is more. Jane seemed to be full of joy and love, in touch with her surroundings (her concern for “cultural and personal needs”), secure in her gifts. She seemed to be a “people person,” putting herself aside, possibly helping others to get ahead.

Possibly Jane sometimes forgot herself to slow down and to think of others. But the impression that she left on the world is a person and home filled with generosity and kindness.

On this day, it was my pleasure and joy to feed these 5 girls, because I know that food is more than nourishment.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice |

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice.

This recipe is in my book that I wrote 5 years ago, and it’s a staple in our home. Our kids know how to make it–2 ingredients, come on! Anyone can throw this in the crock pot!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice |

The secret for chicken is to not cook it too long. I’ve mastered this recipe by only cooking it for 3-4 hours, and with 1 simple ingredient—salsa–plus salt and pepper.

The rice.

The rice? You can serve this chicken on plain rice, although I like to make it different each time. This time I added salt, pepper, cheese, and cilantro. Fluff with a fork and serve!

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What I love about feeding people is that even when we don’t know it, we are often leading people.

When is the last time that, like Jane, you served food for others in your home?


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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice

I use Trader Joe’s Spicy, Smoky Peach Salsa (I also use Costco’s Mango Peach Salsa), but you can use any brand of salsa and any kind of boneless chicken for this recipe. It’s easy to double!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, crock pot, crock pot chicken
Servings: 8


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs:)
  • 12-15 oz. peach salsa
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup cheese I used Parmesan, but you can also use Jack
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  • Prepare the crock pot with cooking spray.
  • Cook the rice either on the stove or in a rice cooker. (If rice cooker, use these proportions: 1 cup of rice to 1.5 cups of liquid–broth or water). Salt and pepper; optional to add cheese and cilantro. Fluff with a fork when done cooking and set aside.
  • Cut chicken breasts in half, lying on the bottom of the crock pot. Salt and pepper the meat.
  • Cover the chicken with salsa. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on HI for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork right in the crock pot. The juices will absorb into the meat.
  • Serve on brown rice, use for any Mexican dish (such as burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, tacos, or freezer burritos). Optional to freeze (up to 3 months) in Ziploc bags.
  • *You can really use just about any cut of chicken for this recipe. For easy shredding though (so that you don’t have to mess with bones), I recommend boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Also, you can use 12-15 oz. of salsa, it doesn’t have to be exact.

15 comments on “Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Brown Rice”

  1. I can’t help myself! I’m so excited about this recipe, cuz I make Salsa Chicken in our Tupperware Microwave Pressure Cooker (love the peach salsa idea!) in about 20 mins. for 2 chicken breasts (can do more)! And I can make the rice in our Tupperware Microwave Rice Cooker while the pressure is releasing from the chicken!!

  2. I’m curious about the book you wrote 5 years ago….I’d like to purchase it. What is the name of it?

  3. any chance you could give us a good recipe for that brown rice you mentioned above? I can’t seem to find one that I’m happy with!!!

  4. Would this work cooked on Low for a longer period of time? I would love to be able to turn this on in the morning before work, and have it ready when I get home, but that is 10 + hours…

  5. This recipe sounds wonderful…. I am making it this week end! Nothing better than a good crock pot recipe… Sandy as you merge into this new time of life… embrace it, enjoy it. My wife and I have been empty nesters for 9 years now….. it took some getting used to….. we raised 2 boys, so we have always cooked in bulk…. growing teenagers and their friends. I still cannot make a small pot of pasta sauce…. lol, so we freeze it…. but the time you are coming into is a fun and wonderful time for you and your husband enjoy!

  6. I love this, Sandy! I, too, strive each day to be more like Jane- opening my home (and kitchen) to friends, family and neighbors. Its why I cook and find so much pleasure in feeding others. This recipe uses one of my favorite salsas from TJ’s. Such a simple meal and I’m craving that gorgeous rice!

  7. Who won the giveaway from last week?

  8. I am loving this recipe…so much. The rice looks delicious. My kids would love this sandy!
    I love that you shared this story of Jane…and your thoughts on your season of life. I’m seeing myself in a season where my kids friends are at our house more often…instead of sending them home at dinnertime I’m going to invite them to sit down with us instead one night (with their parents permission of course :) ). We did that recently during a storm and my kids loved having their friends at the table with them…and they told me too :)

  9. This is one delicious looking meal!!

  10. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful story and delicious recipe. Thanks for posting recipes that don’t contain 50 esoteric ingredients. :)

  12. I love everything about this post!

  13. It’s been a bit since it was in our own home, however a few weeks ago, I co-entertained with my MIL at her house. I work for an older gal (74) who lives by herself. we had been discussing Italian food and through our conversation I decided we would have her for lunch and I would make her something Italian…I made the lasagna, my MIL was in charge of desserts and she invited a few others and asked them to bring a dish as well. Everyone enjoyed it and I think she felt blessed (the gal)

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