Easy 3 Ingredient Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe
Tacos are ALWAYS a family favorite in my house. Even my picky eaters scarf them down, but if you’re tired of the usual ground beef with taco seasoning, you’ve got to try these delicious creamy chicken tacos for a change. They are made with just 3 simple and cheap ingredients that your entire family will love: chicken breasts, cream cheese and a jar of salsa. That’s it!
Who doesn’t love nights where dinner is so easy and delicious the entire family scarfs it down and you still have energy and time left to play games on your phone while you watch Netflix and drink wine? I do.
I also love crockpot recipes where you just throw in a few ingredients, and bam! A tasty, warm meal is ready for you. I like to throw this creamy chicken in my slow cooker around 3pm when I get back from picking my daughter up from school, and then it’s ready just in time for dinner.
It may seem doubtful that these 3 simple ingredients can make for such delicious taco meat, but trust me, it’s all you need! The salsa you use will obviously make a big difference in the flavor of the chicken, so choose one of your favorites– mild, spicy, chipotle, or even a can of diced tomatoes and chilis will do.
Simply place all of the ingredient into your slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for about 3 hours or LOW for 4-5 hours. BTW, It’s best to cube the cream cheese. Mine was left whole for the dramatic effect in the photo, but it definitely would have melted a lot faster had I cut it up into smaller pieces.
Once the chicken is done, it should shred very easily with a fork. Let the chicken simmer in the juices for another 15 minutes before serving.
I prefer to serve this chicken in warm and toasty flour tortillas with shredded cheese and fresh tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, lettuce, jalapeño and other traditional taco topping that we happen to have on hand, but it’s also really good on a salad if you’re watching your calories or carbs.
Looking for easy crockpot recipes for dinner? This creamy shredded chicken is made with just 3 simple ingredients: chicken, cream cheese and salsa! Dump all 3 in your slow cooker for the easiest, tastiest tacos, ever. Trying to stay low carb or keto? Put it on a salad instead!
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 1 (16oz) jar of salsa
- (8oz) cream cheese (cubed)
- tortillas for serving (optional)
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken, salsa and cream cheese in and cook on HIGH for 3 hours (or LOW for 4-5 hours), stirring the cream cheese once it melts.
Shred with a fork and let the chicken absorb the salsa mixture for at least 15 more minutes.
Serve in soft tortillas, taco shells or over a bed of lettuce. Top with shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocado or anything else you'd like!
- If you plan on cooking this on low and won't be home to baby sit, it might be best to cook the chicken in just the salsa, and add the cream cheese during the end, giving it at least 30 minutes to melt.
- This is the perfect base recipe for creamy chicken, but you could also spice it up a bit with a little taco seasoning, cayenne, chili powder or cumin. Customize it to your liking!
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