Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken

I am always experimenting with new crock pot recipes.  Our weekdays are BUSY and my kids are on the go, so we need meals without a lot of fuss and preparation.  I saw a recipe that a friend had posted last week on facebook from allrecipes called Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken.  It sounded really good, so I played around with the recipe and added a little more flavor variation to come up with this version.  It’s delicious!  I served it with brown rice, but you could also shred it up for tacos.  This one will remain a favorite in our dinner rotation.  The kids loved it!  Enjoy~

Sweet and Spicy Crock Pot Chicken


Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken
Serves 4-6
  • 6 small organic boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts
  • 1(16oz) jar medium (or hot) salsa
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small vidalia onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ cup apricot or peach All fruit preserves
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • fresh ground pepper and sea salt, to taste
  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker
  2. Top with peppers, onion and garlic
  3. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the chicken
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours


  1. Joanna says

    Hi Amee!

    I just picked up some Apricot preserve on $ale this morning, however, I forgot to pick up some cumin & smallish can of tomato sauce.
    I actually have a Large(29ozs.) can of tom. sauce, but I wouldn’t want to waste the rest. Could I use a 6oz. can of Tomato paste instead or do you think it would alter it too much? Also, what can I use instead of cumin?…Paprika perhaps?! I have everything else. I hate when I’m at the store & I forget to pick up those little ‘extras’.
    Thanks, J

  2. says

    Hi Joanna :) I think the tomato paste would be ok if you dilute it with water, so that you end up with the texture of the sauce. I love the cumin here, but you can definitely try it with paprika. It will still come out tasty, just a different flavor. I hope you love it!

  3. Barbara says

    I have fresh canned peaches, also salsa, due to my son having ADHD and we do ALOT of home canning. Do you think if I pureed them that they would work?

  4. says

    Barbara, I think the fresh canned peaches would be great! I love that you do a lot of your own canning! If you wanted a little more sweetness (to replace the preserves) you can a little bit of honey or sugar, but I don’t think it’s necessary. I hope you enjoy the dish. :)

  5. Tara says

    Making this right now. I didnt chop the chicken since it didnt say to. Just wanted to make sure this was fine and I am assuming as it cooks it will fall apart? Anyways sounds amazing and cant way to try it!

  6. says

    Thank you, Tara! Yes, the chicken cooks whole and you can pull apart when it’s done. It should shred easily with a fork. I hope you enjoy it! :)

  7. Anonymous says

    This recipe sounds easy & yummy! What I do like best about it is that I can put the frozen chicken in the crockpot. I’m new to our crockpot & learning new recipes all the time. Love it!

  8. says

    Just had this for supper as a filling for fajitas. Yum!! It was a huge hit with the whole family. Next time I would use a bit less of the fluid ingredients when using fresh chicken though. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  9. says

    Liesbeth, thanks for the feedback! So glad you loved it!! Marsha, thanks so much, I was so excited to see my feature this morning! 😉

  10. Barbara says

    Good Morning! Just getting back to you on the fresh canned peaches in this dish. They worked great! I did not add sugar or honey. My ADHD son is a VERY picky eater and he LOVED this recipe! I will use the homemade canned salsa in it next time though. Again due to the picky eaters I have for children. LOL

  11. says

    So glad to hear back from you Barbara. :) I completely understand about the picky eaters! I have two myself. 😉 I am so happy that your son loved it!!

  12. says

    Amee, I love to make recipes in the crockpot and this one looks easy and tasty. I will be trying it soon. I enjoy recipes that combine sweet and spicy flavors. I just did a kale coconut curry that has raisins which provided the sweet and spicy bite that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Anonymous says

    I am only cookin for two people would itbe okay if Ihalf this recepie? I ws actuallygingot make this tomorrow, so it wll b ready when i get back from church. The c hickens alreay thawed out, so it should only take 34 hours right??

  14. Anonymous says

    Amee, I am so excited to find your new recipes. I am a beginner cook, but have married a man with Celiac’s disease and a diabetic. These recipes look very natural and perfect for a gluten-free diet. Would it be hard to also list how many carbohydrates are in the meal or a serving of the meal? That would be really helpful too!

  15. says

    I am so glad that you enjoy my blog! I have thought about including the nutritional stats for my recipes, but it is a lot of calculating and I haven’t found the time to get it done. I wish that there was a simple plug-in to do it all for me! Maybe in the future I can implement that feature. Thank you for the feedback. :)

  16. says

    Hi I am a beginner cook and also have some questions. I added 1/4 cup more of tomato sauce instead of salsa. (in place of the fruit because my husband also has type 1 diabetes and celiacs). Is that ok? Also what should I put in place of the garlic? Can I used garlic powder or salt? Also what kind of rice goes well with this meal? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Alison! The salsa, preserves and fresh garlic gives this dish great flavor. There are a lot of salsas that you can use that have no sugar in them. Can your husband have fresh fruit? If so, use some chopped fresh apricots or peaches instead of the preserves. If you can’t use fresh garlic, go for a little garlic powder and salt (to taste). I serve this over brown rice. It’s the least refined and tastes delicious. Enjoy!

  17. Maggie says

    Amee, this looks great! Do you use 6 SKINLESS AND boneless chicken breast HALVES for this recipe? Many thanks!


  18. Tim says

    HI Maggie 😉

    This looks great, just wanted to know if I doubled it how much longer do you think I should cook it

  19. Patti says

    I made this without the tomato sauce (forgot to buy it) and used chicken thighs I had in freezer, it was great! Loved it! Served over rice perfect easy dinner .

  20. Jamie says

    Would it be okay to use fresh salsa instead of jarred salsa in this recipe? Also, I only have 4 chicken breasts. Would it be too saucey if I follow the directions as is or should I decrease the liquids??

    • Amee Livingston says

      Hi Jamie! It’s great to use fresh salsa and should be fine with 4 breasts. You’ll just have more tasty sauce for the rice. :)


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