Get your main dish done with just three ingredients with this set-it-and-forget it pineapple salsa chicken recipe that pairs perfectly with veggies and grains or wrapped up in a tortilla! Originally posted July 2018. Last updated July 2022.
During the busiest times, I revert to simplicity because it just works. If you have a lot going on, this recipe has your name written on it. It has very few ingredients--three, to be exact--and there's no measuring required. It's honestly hardly even a recipe because you literally toss everything into a slow cooker and go about your business. My crockpot pineapple salsa chicken is the definition of a set-it-and-forget-it dinner recipe.
And if you're looking for more easy slow cooker chicken ideas, try my Moroccan Style Chicken Tagine in a Crock Pot or Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders. You'll also enjoy this Simple Shredded Chicken for Tacos and Enchiladas.
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What You'll Need for this Recipe
I describe it as a three-ingredient dinner recipe because us food bloggers don't really count salt and pepper! For the sake of preciseness, though, here's exactly what to add to your grocery shopping cart to make it. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- Crushed Pineapple
- Salsa of your choice
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Part of what makes this dump dinner recipe 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 like to use a slow roasted medium heat salsa for a bit of smoky flavor--so good!
An even quicker option is to use the ever-popular Trader Joe's pineapple salsa for both tastes in one. You can also do chicken thighs with pineapple salsa if chicken breast is not your thing. The only tools you will need to grab are your slow cooker and a kitchen spoon to mix everything up!
What to Serve with Crockpot Salsa Chicken
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 juicy. The chicken falls apart at the touch of a fork making it perfect to shred up for taco Tuesday. Easy pineapple salsa chicken tacos, anyone? Pineapple salsa chicken and rice with a side of beans is a simple yet satisfying meal you can make in a pinch. Let me suggest smoky jollof rice for that. And here are a few veggie sides to pair with the chicken, too.
- Garlicky Green Beans and Mushrooms
- Massaged Kale Salad
- Oven-Roasted Carrots
- Smokey Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Options for serving slow cooker salsa chicken are nearly endless. I make it often and never get bored. A couple of other low effort options are to add this sweet and spicy crockpot chicken to lettuce cups or power bowls!
I've linked my favorite slow cookers (Yes, I have multiple slow cookers!) below. I hope you'll try and love making salsa chicken in a crockpot soon and very soon. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin the recipe and follow me over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken Recipe
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
- 1 Slow Cooker
- 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
- Season chicken breast with sea salt and black pepper then place in crock of slow cooker.
- Pour salsa and crushed pineapple over top then cover and set to high.
- Cook for four hours or until chicken is cooked through (should be very tender to touch) and sauce is bubbly. Fully cooked chicken breast will read 165 degrees Fahrenheit when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part. Turn off heat and stir sauce.