Easy Two-Ingredient Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

With just five minutes of prep and two ingredients, come home to a delicious and versatile shredded chicken meal.

Overhead View of Two-Ingredient Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken in a Blue Serving Bowl with Lime Wedges
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Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs
4 serves

After a busy work day and taking care of the family, cooking a nutritious and tasty meal may be the last thing you want to do. Often it’s much easier to cook a box of pasta or forage through the fridge for a quick and filling meal, but cooking something healthy and delicious doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. 

You can make an easy, inexpensive, and versatile dish using a jar of salsa verde and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This spicy shredded chicken is insanely delicious all on its own, but you can enjoy it any way you’d like. Spoon the chicken into taco shells and top with diced red onion, avocado, and fresh cilantro. Or serve on top of rice and add some jalapeños for an extra kick.


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 16 ounces salsa verde (1 jar)

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Season both sides of your chicken breasts with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper.

  2. Place chicken in the slow cooker and pour the jar of salsa verde on top to cover.

  3. Cook chicken on low heat for 6 hours or on high heat for 4 hours.

  4. Using two forks, shred all of the chicken. Serve chicken over rice, cauliflower rice, in tacos or enjoy on its own.

Chef's Notes

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can also make this dish in a dutch oven or sauce pot. Just make sure to cover and cook the chicken on low heat for a few hours, until it’s easy to shred.

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