This pineapple salsa chicken officially solidifies July 2018 as the month of pineapple recipes, y’all. Last week, I shared these pineapple jalapeno mimosas and the week before was two-ingredient pineapple nice cream. There’s no real reason for all of this except that I particularly love pineapples and these three recipe ideas happened to converge in July. Much like the preceding pineapple dishes, this one has very few ingredients–three, to be exact. And it couldn’t be easier–you just season the chicken with salt and pepper then literally toss everything into a slow cooker and go about your business. I made this batch the other day on my way out the door to church and came home to the most delicious aroma emanating from my kitchen. It is the definition of a set-it-and-forget-it recipe. There’s also no measuring involved!

can of crushed pineapple, jar of medium salsa, and Hamilton Beach slow cooker

Part of what makes this dish so versatile is that you get the best of both worlds with sweet and spicy flavors. And you can change up the taste by using different kinds of salsa. I used a slow-roasted medium heat salsa (here’s the exact jar) for the rendition you see here, which resulted in sweet and smoky flavors reminiscent of barbecue–so good!

chicken breast, crushed pineapple, and salsa in a slow cooker crock

This dish doesn’t look like much while cooking because it’s completely covered by the salsa and crushed pineapple–but that’s exactly what helps make it so tender and moist. This pineapple salsa chicken falls apart at the touch of a fork making it perfect to shred up for taco Tuesday. Serve it over rice and add a side of beans, make lettuce wraps, pair it with veggies or toss it into a power bowl! The possibilities are quite endless. I also recommend checking out these slow cooker chicken tacos and spicy slow cooker shredded chicken for more ideas.

plate of pineapple salsa chicken

Using your slow cooker for savory dishes is a no-brainer. This Moroccan chicken and these BBQ pulled chicken sliders are popular examples of slow cooker recipes I’ve shared over the years. But did you know you can also make desserts in the slow cooker? Last summer, I whipped up this yummy cherry apple crisp and made this applesauce a few seasons back. Just thought I’d throw that out there to help get your wheels turning for ways to use your slow cooker. It’s hot as balls outside right now and I want to help you avoid standing over your stove or cranking up your oven unnecessarily. 🙂

tender cooked pineapple salsa chicken

I’ve linked my favorite slow cookers (Yes, I have multiple slow cookers!) below. Also, I’m currently planning out more slow cooker recipes for next season and would love to hear what y’all would like to see. Let me know your ideas in the comments below. As always, thanks so much for reading!

P.S. more slow cooker goodness:

4.89 from 9 votes
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 2 mins

An easy, set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipe for sweet and spicy chicken made with just three ingredients

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot salsa chicken, crockpot sweet spicy chicken, pineapple chicken, shredded chicken breast, slow cooker chicken, sweet and spicy chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 16-ounce can salsa
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Season chicken breast with sea salt and black pepper then place in crock of slow cooker.

  2. Pour salsa and crushed pineapple over top then cover and set to high.

  3. Cook for four hours or until chicken is cooked through (should be very tender to touch) and sauce is bubbly. Turn off heat and stir sauce.

pineapple salsa chicken graphic for Pinterestpineapple salsa chicken breasts on plate