3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Recipe

Looking for something easy for dinner? How about slow cooker chicken that only has 3 ingredients? Right up my ally! Now, I’ve been making this recipe for about a year. I started out with about 5 or 6 ingredients. As time went on after some intentional and accidental trials, I realized that the same taste could be accomplished with just 2 ingredients added to the chicken. My hubby and son love this recipe and it makes my day go ever so smoothly. Set in the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready when it’s time for dinner.

Only 3 ingredients in this delicious slow cooker Fiesta chicken!

What are the other 2 ingredients? (Since you obviously already know one of them is chicken!) It’s a jar of your choice of salsa and a can of Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar Soup. Easy peasy and it makes a really nice blended “fiesta” chicken. You can also choose the level of kick by option for mild, medium or hot salsa. The choice is yours. This is one of the most simple chicken recipes that
I use (save for throwing frozen nuggets into the micrwave), hope you’ll like it too!

Only 3 ingredients in this delicious slow cooker Fiesta chicken!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Recipe


  • Salsa Jar (16 oz)
  • 1 Can of Campbell's Condensed Cheddar Soup
  • 2.5 lbs Boneless Chicken


  1. Add all three ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir periodically. Cook in your slow cooker for about 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Voila!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken #Recipe

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  1. says

    I don’t do a lot of slow cooker meals but this one looks really good. I don’t do mexican a lot but I am wondering if I could this with cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. I think I will have to try that! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Teri says

      I do chicken with cream of mushroom and sour cream a lot. I sprinkle it with garlic salt first. It’s one of our favorites. Truthfully, you can throw just about anything you want in the slow cooker.

      Another easy one I do is, throw chicken, frozen corn, rinsed black beans and a can of diced Italian tomatoes in.

      Tonight, frozen meatballs, frozen mixed veggies, again diced Italian tomatoes and a carton of broth… Yummy meatball soup!

  2. says

    This sounds so easy and yummy. I actually have all of the ingredients on hand, too! My son insisted on a can of the cheddar soup and we’ve been looking for something to do with it – this is perfect.

    • Pat Cody says

      It’s always OK to put any kind of meat in the crock pot frozen. I’ve done roasts and several kinds of beef and chicken. I almost always put ground beef in uncooked, too. Makes the prep so much easier and works out just fine.

      • Bev says

        I have often wondered about this … if you put frozen meats in the slow cooker, esp ground beef …where does all the fat/grease go that normally would cook off if you did the meat in a skillet beforehand?

  3. Mary says

    I love reading reviews. They are so helpful when they offer suggestions on additions to recipes or new ideas.

  4. Dawn says

    Hi Lucy,

    Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜‰ I don’t actually do any pre-seasoning at all. But, if you wanted to kick it up a notch, that certainly wouldn’t hurt the recipe!

  5. Judie says

    The directions say to stir periodically. Do you do this through the day? Will it hurt if you aren’t home all day and can’t stir it? I can’t wait to try this. Sounds yummy and easy!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Judie,
      I think you would be okay not stirring, but I would recommend making sure you cover chicken well with the salsa to make sure it is all moistened before leaving it to cook. That way you won’t end up with dry chicken, especially towards the top. Hope that helps and hope you like it! πŸ˜‰

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Debbie,

      This could easily make 5-10 servings depending on the serving size. Hope that helps!


  6. Colleen says

    If I use chicken breasts, do you need to cut up the chicken, or is it ok to put them in whole? Looks like a fabulous recipe!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Colleen, you can put them in whole. The smaller the pieces are though, the more flavor will absorb into the chicken though. Hope you enjoy πŸ˜‰

  7. Elisabeth says

    Hi! This looks yum!! I’m always looking for new slower cooker recipes! How much rice do you cook to go with this recipe? Thanks!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      That is a great question, it really depends on who will be eating it and the timing. I would guesstimate and say about 4 cups of cooked rice is the usual amount that I go for. Great for easy serve leftovers too.

      Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      I usually serve with rice to soak up the sauce and a vegetable or salad as well to balance it out! HTH!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Kelly, here were the other ingredients:
      6 Tbsp Green Chili Sauce
      1 Packet Taco Seasoning Mix
      1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
      1/4 Tbsp Garlic Powder

    • Dawn Lopez says

      No, just the soup as is with no additional liquid, Once it warms, it turns into more of a liquidy sauce on it’s own. Hope that helps :)

  8. says

    Try apricot jelly on top of breasts, then half package of french onion soup mix,
    Sprinkle with soy sauce, then coat with thousand island dressing and cook till internal temp is 165 f. Delicious! :-) Try it. You can bake it too.

  9. Rosemary Millar says

    This almost sounds like Queso chicken … Think i will try it will Ro-tel tomatoes also..both sound pretty good

    • Dawn Lopez says

      You certainly could! Just make sure it is similar in measurements so that the chicken will be covered in sauce!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Another commenter suggested canned diced tomatoes, I think that would be a nice alternative to consider if you like those! πŸ˜‰ Happy cooking!

  10. says

    I saw that some may not be home to stir the crock-pot. What if they wrapped the chicken, soup and salsa n Aluminum Foil before they put it in the crock-pot . That would keep the chicken moist… Just a thought… The recipe looks excellent,. My husband will love it. Thanks for the recipe… :)

    • Dawn Lopez says

      I can’t imagine that would hurt. Honestly probably wouldn’t be terrible if you could not mix it, I like to to ensure the chicken is covered in sauce. Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜‰

    • janet conrad says

      Eating this now & it is very good & flavorful. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe!!!! :-)

      • Dawn Lopez says

        I am SO glad to hear that you enjoyed it! It’s my pleasure! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for stopping by!

  11. Sheri says

    Sounds good ….. Maybe another option could be
    Sweet and sour sauce and a can of undrained
    Pineapple chunks!

  12. Claire PHILLIPS says

    Hi what could I substitute for the cheddar soup as I have never seen this at our supermarkets here in Australia?

    • Dawn Lopez says

      You could probably substitute it for any other condensed soup that would work well with salsa. Hope that helps!

  13. janet conrad says

    I just mixed the salsa & Healthy Request cheddar cheese soup together, put 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of my crockpot, covered the chicken added 3 more chicken breasts & put the rest of the salsa soup mixture over them. Hope it turns out well……sounds, smells & looks tasty. :-) I also will add some chopped green onions to the top when I serve it with brown rice & green beans……thanks for the great recipe!

  14. Alesha Schutz says

    I was thinking about adding broccoli to this. When should I add it to the crock-pot? Or do you recommend cooking separately?

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Alesha, I think it would depend on if you were using fresh or frozen. If you do frozen.. it might work out if you put it in at the beginning. If you are using fresh, perhaps an hour before end time? Let us know how it works out for you!

  15. Barbara Kesterson says

    This looks so easy and good. Wishing I would have seen this yesterday so we could be eating it tonight. But now it’s on tomorrows menu for a quick and easy Friday night dinner before everyone goes their own way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Maria, those would work just as well! Hope you likey πŸ˜‰ Let us know how you make out!

        • Dawn Lopez says

          Absolutely! Just make sure the measurements are similar and that it is also a condensed soup. That sounds very yummy!

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks so much for sharing, I am SO happy that they loved it! Yay! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

  16. Laura says

    I’m snowed in at home in ATL and lookign for something to make for dinner with what I have…. Got the chicken and the salsa, only have condensed cream of chicken soup…… wonder if that will work? I like the idea of the cheese in the mix, but no cheddar soup, only shredded.

    • Dawn Lopez says

      Hi Laura! We are expecting more snow this way too. Stay warm! Hmm, I am pretty sure any of the condensed soups of the same size would work great. Not sure about the flavor, but I don’t think you could go wrong with adding more chicken flavor to chicken. If you want some cheddar, you can always added shredded in once it’s cooked through. Let me know how you make out πŸ˜‰

    • says

      You can definitely add them. Not sure if they would get a little mushy though. Also you may want to try with just a little less chicken to not take away from the flavoring. Let us know how you make out!