Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 177.5
  • Total Fat: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 72.4 mg
  • Sodium: 240.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 27.2 g

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This is THE most popular recipe on SparkRecipes. We've added more vegetables and reduced the sodium drastically to make it even better. This is THE most popular recipe on SparkRecipes. We've added more vegetables and reduced the sodium drastically to make it even better.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 pounds (32 ounces) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
    1 cup salsa, homemade or purchased
    1 cup petite diced canned tomatoes (choose low-sodium)
    2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
    1 cup onions, diced fine
    1/2 cup celery diced fine
    1/2 cup carrots, shredded
    3 tablespoons sour cream, reduced fat

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Birdie, one of our most successful members to date, is a doctor and mother of five. Having lost 143 pounds on SparkPeople, she is always on the lookout for healthy recipe ideas, but they have to be quick and easy. I'm not a good cook, she confesses, but this is one dish she serves regularly without worry. She's not the only member who's making this for dinner: the recipe has been rated more than 2,700 times!

Salsa Chicken is easy to make; just put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. There are infinite variations, and your family is guaranteed to like each one.
6-8 hours to prepare; 15 minutes of active cooking time
Makes 8 one-cup servings of chicken.


Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the meat then layer the vegetables and salsa on top. Pour a half cup water over the mixture, set on low and cook for 6-8 hours. The meat is cooked when it shreds or reaches an internal temperature of 165F. When ready to serve, break up the chicken with two forks then stir in the sour cream.
Makes eight 1 cup servings.

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  • Incredible!
    113 of 115 people found this review helpful
    I usually add half the salsa at the beginning and the other half shortly before serving to punch up the flavor. I also substitute greek yogurt for sour cream. - 10/20/11

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  • Incredible!
    99 of 101 people found this review helpful
    I toasted tortillas in a pan. Put in shredded cheese, the chicken, and rolled it like a enchilada. Instead of putting the sour cream in the chicken, I put it on top with cilantro and diced fresh tomatoes. Also, I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned. - 9/15/11

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  • Incredible!
    77 of 79 people found this review helpful
    I've made the original recipe many times & love the stuff. It's even better with Chef Meg's taco seasoning, and the kids will never know you snuck in extra veggies. Just as good if you accidentally forget the sour cream (like me.) Delicious on brown rice, whole wheat tortillas or baked corn chips. - 7/1/10

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  • Very Good
    70 of 82 people found this review helpful
    I think I'd like to try it with skinless chicken thighs, they cook better in the slow cooker and shred better and they have only a small amount more in fat. Other than this small point I think this is a very economical dish, that you can jazz up with more hot sauce if you'd like - 10/4/11

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  • Incredible!
    59 of 64 people found this review helpful
    Made this for the first time last week...it won't be the last! I added chili spiced tomatoes, mushrooms, black beans and a few extra spices for a kick and a little shredded cheddar w/fat free sour cream on top. Even my picky eaters loved it!! - 9/26/11

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  • Incredible!
    40 of 40 people found this review helpful
    This is a "staple" recipe in our house! Many times I just season the chicken with garlic powder and chili powder, toss it in the crock-pot, add a jar of salsa and crock-pot it. So easy and tastes so good!!! My son just asked me when I was going to make it again. Yep, it's a winner! - 1/3/12

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  • Very Good
    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
    This was just delicious! For my family's taste, I left out celery and sour cream. For dinner, I served this over a bed of brown rice and served the leftovers on corn tortillas with guacamole. It was a big hit two times around. Great recipe, and easy, too. - 11/7/11

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  • Incredible!
    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
    I use waterless cookware, so was able to slow cook it on the stove. The organic chicken breasts shredded beautifully. I used Rotel canned tomatoes instead of salsa and taco seasoning and I added diced orange sweet peppers in addition the other veggies. Fage Plain yogurt to top it off. Yum! - 1/14/12

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
    We make this A LOT for dinner. So delicious and easy! Really like it for when company comes over as it makes a good amount. Definitely add the beans for added fiber. - 1/14/11

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  • 16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    So good! I put this in tortillas sprinkle cheese and sauce. Hubby Loved it. - 10/21/11

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  • Very Good
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Yummy & very tender chicken. Hit w/picky kids & husband. Leftovers voted even better next day! Should add hot sauce for those who like a little kick. Was done in 4 hrs on high in my 20 yr old crock pot. Was glad I made onion & celery undetectable to the kids by chopping it so finely.Will make again. - 10/23/11

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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Very good and very easy! I was out of sour cream so we left it out, but it was still delicious.Kids and husband had it in soft taco shells with cheese/lettuce, I had it over salad. Might make it a little spicier next time. Would be easy to triple this recipe for a large group of people. - 9/1/12

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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    My husband asked me last week why I hadn't made this again because he loved it! We ate it on whole wheat tortillas one night and brown rice the next! I made it again today. - 1/9/12

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I love anything Mexican flavored. My picky eater won't do celery, so I use zucchini or extra onion for it. Beans do not love me so I forgo them usually. - 1/3/12

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I've only made this once, but LOVED it. I added extra veggies; beans and corn. Served it over brown rice. It's easy to customize it with what you like and have available. - 10/31/11

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE this recipe! I didn't read the directions completely and diced the carrots and onion. I used a little paprika and garlic powder in leiu of the taco seasoning. We ate this over rice and LOVED it! - 6/29/10

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  • 9 of 18 people found this review helpful
    "6-8 hours to prepare; 15 minutes of active cooking time" Aren't these times just backwards for a slow cooker?
    - 9/12/12

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe last night and the entire family loved it served over rice and salad on the side. It will be in my repeat list. - 3/8/12

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  • O.K.
    9 of 26 people found this review helpful
    I'm couldn't find red pepper flakes for the taco seasoning but I'm not a fan of really hot foods so I didn't mind that. Anyways this dish for me tasted bland and the chicken turned out tough. I admit I slow cooked it for the full 8 hrs perhaps it should just be 6 hrs. - 7/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I made something like this, except I used cayenne instead of salsa. My husband gave it rave reviews and suggested I use salsa next time to make it easier! Chef Meg and I were thinking alike, but she knows better than I. The breasts shredded just fine for me. - 3/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Excellent, easy versatile recipe. The first night, I eat it as is on top of brown rice. The second night, I throw in some black beans for variety. You can also add corn. Finally, I make sure to make some freezer lunches with leftovers!! - 1/3/13

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    finally - a dish my entire family loves... AS IS!!!! This is super easy to make, SUPER TASTY, and my family asks for it over and over!!! SUPER YUMMY! - 8/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this meal and so did my husband. My girls who are under the age of six kept saying how good it was while they were eating. I didn't use sour cream and I tried a half cup of cream of mushroom. Can't wait to try more recipes. - 8/20/12

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  • O.K.
    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Disappointing - 4/23/13

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  • O.K.
    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
    This was ok. Don't know if I'll make again or not. - 8/8/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe as written but I did one thing very differently. I took a package of chicken breast and boneless thighs out of the freezer put them in my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, added the other ingredients and in 15 mins it was done to perfection. Delicious dinner served over rice - 7/27/14

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great - always looking for good crock pot recipes to be waiting when we get home from work! Yummy and healthy -- not that's an unbeatable combination. - 3/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My family loves this dish!!! Kids ask for it all the time now. - 1/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Used leftovers to make a casserole and it turned out AMAZING. I mixed the leftover salsa chicken with rotini pasta, a bit more sour cream, a few handfuls of bagged spinach, shredded cheese, and some beans and then sprinkled cheese over the top. Baked in 350-375 oven for about 30 min! - 9/24/14

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I have tried a recipe similar to this and it is absolutely delicious and easy to make. You can substitute the chicken with a pork loin roast. Yum!!!! - 1/8/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is a recipe where the sum of the parts is much greater than each individual part. I marinated the boneless skinless chicken thighs in the taco seasoning overnight then put everything in the crock pot this morning. I loved it, my kids loved it and the pot was licked clean! - 11/14/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My wife put me in charge of dinner tonight so I tried this recipe. I'm more of a grillmeister than a chef but it turned out great! I used this recipe as a guideline-subtracted the carrots, sour cream, then added mushrooms and black beans as another member suggested. We served it over brown rice-YUM! - 11/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 9/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I follow the recipe except I leave out the water. It still has a lot of liquid without it from the salsa and the chicken and tomatoes. I usually have to remove some liquid because I don't like it soupy. The taste is fantastic! I have prepared this dish several times now and it always gets gobbled up - 6/24/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this for a party. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe! I read many comments and used the home-mixed seasoning, black beans, corn. The chicken really shredded well and it made great tacos/burritos/nachos. Definitely making this again. - 5/16/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Mrs. Dash makes a no-salt Taco Seasoning. If your supermarket doesn't have it, you can order it online from low-sodium product sources such as Healthy Heart Market. - 5/10/14

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    yum, yum, i added just a few black beans and a handful of corn off the cob. served as lettuce wrap filling, to save the extra carbs of tortilla or taco. . . great meal, will repeat often, next time i'll try with mahi mahi or shrimp and not cook as long as chicken. . .
    - 4/28/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I was skeptical of all the hype but I have to say, this was delicious! I added corn as well and made my own taco seasoning. I had it over rice one night and in a wrap the next. It changed it up completely and I felt like I was having two different meals, not left overs. - 3/7/14

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I combined this recipe with another similar recipe on here. I cut up the thawed chicken and added it at the bottom. I used a yellow pepper and a red pepper, but I would have used 3 peppers if I knew how delicious they would be! Add 2 cups salsa 1 tbls of honey mustard and 1 tbls brown sugar. Yum! - 3/6/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This might now be my favorite recipe. Unbelievable easy and fast, and everyone loves it. I served it hot over baby greens (kale, chard, spinach): smashing. It pairs well with many different sides. (And you don't need to go with the slow cooker. Took me 30 minutes start to finish in a pressure cooker - 1/25/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Super easy, and delicious. Hubby liked it, too. We put it on whole wheat tortillas, with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Definitely will make this again! - 1/9/14

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this for dinner. My guys really liked this. Served with rice. Used diced tomatoes with green chilies and added fresh diced veggies such as yellow peppers and mushrooms just because I had them. This is definitely a keeper and an improvement over the original recipe, which I also liked. - 1/3/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love, love, love this....my husband doesn't even know he is eating healthy :) - 2/2/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    OK I added a half of a small can of green chillis, substituted for the salsa using diced tomatoes and onions. I plan on serving it with tortilla's and taco shells for the kids. I think you could also use it as an amazing "Chicken Nacho" by serving it over low sodium chips. Yum!!!
    - 1/16/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have enough chicken so added black beans. Great recipe. - 1/14/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So tasty, I'll definitely make it again but think I'll add black beans at the end for a bit of extra fiber. - 1/5/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    You can also just use the chicken and add a cup of salsa like you would use to dip tortilla chips in and make it even quicker. - 1/5/13

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was easy. I serve it with a small helping of black beans on a bed of fresh spinach for more fiber. - 1/5/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this and added 1 cup corn. It was delicious. I also served it over rice. Made many times. It is so easy. I also put it in 6" tortillas, folded them added enchilada sauce over and cheese and baked in oven till cheese melted. - 1/3/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Plus about 100 calories for one Tortilla. Still.. pretty darn good - 1/3/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I enjoyed this dish and will make it again. Instead of using tortillas, I served it over quinoa. I also left the sour cream as a condiment instead of stirring it into the dish. - 1/2/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make this at least once a week. I just use chicken and salsa but will add some veggies next time. My whole family loves it as tacos, or salad or burritos for lunch boxes. It is simple but delicious enough for company. And makes a lot!! - 12/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    my boyfriend and i loved this recipe. my brother in law gave us some of his home made salsa which is amazing and we put it on top of the finished chicken. so amazingly yummy. lots of juice but worth the mess it makes. - 11/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was so easy and so delicious. I served it over a spoonful of brown rice and a side of broccoli. The leftovers will be delicious rolled in a flour tortilla as a "wet" burrito. Better than you can find in any restaurant! I'll definitely be making this one often! - 11/15/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is the best dinner meal that I have found on Spark. We made it today and it smelled so good! I'm looking forward to trying a few varriations; cream of mushroom, green chiles, and/or cannellini beans. - 11/5/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a can of black beans. It was a little thin so I added some brown rice too. Wrapped it in a tortilla. It was excellent. The kids loved it! - 11/1/12

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this today. It was Amazing!!! So easy. Plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. - 8/20/12

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  • This recipe for the slow cooker salsa chicken is absolutely delicious! - 4/28/17

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  • Wow! The description did NOT entice me, but being the top recipe made me wanna try it. It's great! - 4/27/17

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  • 6-8 hours to prepare; 15 minutes of active cooking time? I'll be smiling about this all day. 8-) - 4/27/17

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  • This looks really good. I'm going to try. - 4/26/17

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  • I tried this recipe and really loved it . Always add additional salsa. - 4/26/17

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  • looks yummy - 4/26/17

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  • Yummy - 4/26/17

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  • this sounds good . will have to try it. - 4/26/17

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  • I've made this several times. Tastes great. I like to serve it with Spanish brown rice. I also add 2 tbsp taco seasoning. - 4/26/17

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  • I can do this. - 4/26/17

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  • I will definitely be making this in the next few days. I probably will not use the sour cream since neither my husband nor I care for it. I like the idea it includes extra vegetables. - 4/26/17

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  • Sounds yummy! - 4/26/17

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  • I used corn tortillas instead of flour. They were yummy. - 4/26/17

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  • Good, healthy, savory chicken. - 4/26/17

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  • This has become a favorite. I do wait and add sour cream when put on plate mostly because there is only 2 of us so i freeze leftovers for another meal or two. - 4/26/17

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  • Very good! - 4/26/17

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  • At last, something that does not contain stuff I just don't like! - 4/26/17

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  • interesting worth the try - 4/26/17

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  • I have made this recipe a few times. It is delicious! For more heat, I add some chili powder and red pepper. I have served it as a sandwich or with brown rice and a toss salad. - 4/26/17

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  • I have been making a version of this for years, but I make my own "taco" seasoning, and use fresh tomatoes. - 4/26/17

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  • It's ok, pretty typical taste, salsa overtakes the chicken though. - 4/26/17

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  • Yummy! - 4/26/17

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  • I love this but add in fresh veggies and mushrooms and bean sprouts - whatever I have in the fridge. - 4/26/17

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  • I think they mean to say 15 min to prepare and 6-8 hrs. of cooking time. I will have to try ! - 4/26/17

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  • Makes chicken fresh and new - 4/25/17

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  • add lowfat mozzarella on top - 4/17/17

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  • this looks really yummy and I am sure that with homemade salsa I can reduce the sodium even more. Thanks for sharing - 4/16/17

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  • Very good - 4/14/17

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  • This is good. - 4/4/17

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  • Chicken and salsa. What a great combo! - 3/29/17

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  • This is good but cutting it in bite size pieces was more to our liking. We just put spoon of sour cream or yogurt on each serving. - 3/23/17

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  • Made the recipe as is, left out the sour cream, rolled it up in a flour tortillas with lettuce and little cheese and low fat ranch dressing . - 3/23/17

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  • This was delicious for Taco meat - 3/19/17

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  • This is really good. - 3/6/17

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  • I have a slow cooker for years and haven't really used it...this recipe is giving me a reason to use it...can't wait to try it... - 2/24/17

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  • Good flavour - 2/22/17

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  • Absolutely Fabulous - 2/20/17

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  • I've made this recipe a couple of times now and have passed it on to several friends. I have tried different salsas but prefer the medium chunky kind the best. - 2/18/17

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  • Have made this a lot! It is delicious. - 2/17/17

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  • Instead of sour cream, I used greek yogurt as well and it's awesome. Thanks - 1/29/17

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  • I used this shred on top of a small serving of rice. It was very good. The salsa I used had bits of pineapple in it (purchased at Aldi's). I added half the salsa after the chicken was plated. Will definitely make it again. - 1/26/17

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  • Best recipe on SparkPeople that I have found. - 1/25/17

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