Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

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How many evenings have you come home from work wishing that something truly hearty, gourmet, and delicious was waiting for you in the kitchen? Too often, that feeling drives us to pick up the phone and order takeout. After all, it’s so easy to grab takeout but a home-cooked meal can take hours. We have the solution: Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken. You can easily prepare a restaurant-quality meal, minus the typical restaurant amounts of calories and fat, in just a few simple steps.

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We love that this Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken boasts only three ingredients, but the simple cooking method impresses us even more. It can be tossed in the slow cooker in the morning and fill your house with fragrance throughout the day. By the time you return home in the evening, your dinner will be cooked to perfection. Who could say no to that?

There are so many different ways to enjoy this Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken, so let’s take a look at some of our favorites. If you’ve made it before and you have a favorite dinner or lunch idea using this recipe, let us know in the comments! I’m sure our community of health enthusiasts would love some inspiration.

Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

There are no shortage of ways to use shredded chicken. After all, a chicken dish that’s this flavorful would taste good on anything! No matter if you’re following the Keto diet, Paleo, low-carb, high-protein, Whole 30, Weight Watchers, or any other healthy diet, you’ll be able to find a way to use this Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken.

If carbs aren’t an issue for you, there are a multitude of ways you can enjoy this flavorful chicken. They taste great on whole-wheat buns as a sandwich, and you could even serve them as sliders for a tailgating party. They’re also particularly good as tacos or burritos, so feel free to load up on the fiesta-style toppings.

For those of you who are watching their carbs or are on a gluten-free diet, this shredded chicken tastes incredible on top of brown rice or quinoa. You can also make lettuce wraps with it, and it’s even good with roasted vegetables. Feel free to cook up those summery vegetables like zucchini and tomatoes or winter squash and roasted beets. The possibilities are endless, so have some fun with it and don’t forget to enjoy!

All you need to make this Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken is chicken, salsa, and balsamic vinegar. From there, all you need is a slow cooker and some imagination to decide how to serve it. Sounds like a perfect quick-and-easy weeknight dinner to me!

Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

Yields: 6 servings | Serving size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 263 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 126 mg | Sodium: 687mg | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 35 | SmartPoints: 4 |

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker, pour salsa and balsamic on top. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or high 4 hours. Shred chicken with a fork and mix with the salsa mixture.
  2. TIP: This recipe makes delicious tacos or burritos. If desired, add additional garnishes, i.e. lettuce and cheese. Also, makes great sandwiches when served on buns.
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68 Comments on "Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken"

  1. Jean  September 5, 2015

    All breasts are not equal – not even close! Could you give the amount of chicken in pounds please?

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    • SkinnyMs  September 7, 2015

      The recipe calls for 4-6 breasts to allow for some variation in size. This would be about 2 1/2 pounds of chicken.

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  2. Petula Winmill  November 11, 2015

    I am seeing more and more crockpot recipes on line, but I don´t have one. I do have a pressure cooker . Do you think they would work in that. ?

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    • SkinnyMs  November 11, 2015

      Unfortunately not. You can purchase a slow cooker for under $30.

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    • Linda  January 10, 2016

      YES!!! Research how to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker recipes. Many references available via google.

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    • Amy  January 31, 2016

      Is your pressure cooker electric? Most electric pressure cookers can also be used as a slow cooker. 🙂

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    • Lori  March 31, 2018

      Yes you can convert slow cooker recipes to use in the pressure cooker. If you know how long it takes to cook chicken in your cooker, use that amount of time. I do it all the time in my pressure cooker.

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  3. Mary Baker  January 9, 2016

    You can also use your oven as a crock pot – put everything in a dutch oven, casserole or roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and cook at 200 for 6-8 hours. If you have a gas oven, you might want to do this only when you will be home.

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  4. Lynne  January 24, 2016

    Hi. I’m trying to see the recipe but all I see are ads.

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Lynne, I’m so sorry. We’re having an issue with some of the recipes not showing up. We’re working nonstop to get it fixed. Please be patient, we would really apprecite it. Thanks so much for being a loyal reader. Check back in a little bit and everything should be back to normal. We won’t stop until it is. 🙂

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  5. lynne  January 24, 2016

    I am having the same problem. What are the ingredients?

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Lynne, Please check now. We’ve been working for hours on the issue and have finally found a fix. 🙂

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  6. bscott  January 24, 2016

    I would appreciate it if the links actually took me to a recipe. About half the time the links take me to a page without the linked recipe. What a waste of time.

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      I deeply apologize for the inconvenience. We’ve been working all day on the issue and finally got it fixed. You should be able to see the entire recipe now. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you ever have any issues whatsoever. 🙂 Our goal is always to give our audience free, delicious and healthy recipes, but every now and then there’s an issue, as with any website. Thank you for understanding.

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  7. Rachel  January 26, 2016

    What balsamic do you use?

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    • Gale Compton  January 27, 2016

      Rachel, I use a balsamic that does not contain caramel coloring. I usually look for Colavita. Thanks! 🙂

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  8. Laura  January 26, 2016

    You are being way too apologetic. Some people are just plain rude and lack any patience what so ever. Can’t wait to try your recipe tomorrow!

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  9. Maria  January 30, 2016

    How would you adjust the timing/liquid content to do this with frozen chicken? Thanks!

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  10. Marcy  February 17, 2016

    Can this recipe be in the crockpot longer than 6 hours on low?

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    • Gale Compton  February 18, 2016

      Marcy, Your chicken might dry out if cooked beyond 6 hours. If you’re slow cooker has a “Warm” that would work for beyond 6 hours.

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  11. Kathy  February 18, 2016

    Can you tell me how much is in a serving size? Thank you.

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    • Gale Compton  February 18, 2016

      Kathy, Approximately 1 cup serving size, give or take a few tablespoons. 🙂

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  12. Donna  March 4, 2016

    Hi, I am on a low cholesterol diet and was wondering where the high cholesterol amount is coming from??

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    • Gale Compton  March 5, 2016

      Donna, Yikes! We’ll recalculate this and update this weekend. 🙂

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  13. Allan N  March 29, 2016

    Is the balsamic vinegar supposed to let off a disgusting odor while you cook? Because I may have used the wrong vinegar if so

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 30, 2016

      Balsamic vinegar does have a strong smell, but it shouldn’t be disgusting. 🙂

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  14. Jennifer  April 11, 2016

    Can I use frozen chicken breasts? I am seeing conflicting info on Internet about this.. Thanks/

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    • Gale Compton  April 11, 2016

      Jennifer, Frozen meats should never be placed in the cooker, it causes bacteria to grown.

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  15. Jennifer  April 22, 2016

    What brand of salsa do you prefer to use? When I see chunky salsa, I think of PACE salsa. What is your go to brand for the balsamic?

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    • Gale Compton  April 23, 2016

      Jennifer, Pace is a good choice. I use different brands, mostly Simple Truth which is sold at Kroger. Also, if it’s not chunky that’s fine, the results will be the same.

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  16. Jenna  April 29, 2016

    Made this yesterday and it was delicious! One of the best crock pot meals I make. I put it over rice and it was very hearty, tangy and savory!

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    • Gale Compton  April 30, 2016

      Jenna, Great! Thank you so much for the comment. 🙂

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  17. Kimberly Johnson  May 9, 2016

    Hi Can you use fresh salsa?

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  18. Christine Thompson  June 1, 2016

    Are there any veggies you might recommend putting in with the chicken to cook? I would love to make this an all in one meal.

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  19. Rene  July 15, 2016

    Can white balsamic be used?

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    • Gale Compton  July 16, 2016

      Rene, Any brand is fine, minus sugar in the ingredients. My personal favorite is Alessi White Balsamic Vinegar.

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  20. Ang  September 17, 2016

    Can this be done with already cooked chicken pulled from a whole chicken that has been roasted? Thank you.

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    • Gale Compton  September 18, 2016

      Yes, But the cooking time will be reduced to no more than two hours.

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  21. Ames  October 5, 2016

    If i cut the recipe in half does that cut the cooking time in half?

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    • Nichole  October 8, 2016

      Hi Ames,

      Cooking time will remain the same, even with a half batch!

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  22. Allison  January 2, 2017

    Hi! Would this recipe be altered much if a different type of vinegar was used? For instance apple cider vinegar?

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    • Nichole Furlong  January 2, 2017

      Allison, great question! I would not recommend using a different vinegar. Balsamic vinegar has a very distinctive flavor. Using a different type, such s apple cider vinegar, would make this recipe very sour and tart tasting!

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  23. Lisa  January 5, 2017

    This recipe is AHHHMAZING! First try (as soon as it finished cooking) the vinegar taste was a little strong. However, after you let it rest some it is great and even better the next day. My picky husband (who thinks chicken is diet food) loved it!.

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    • Kym Votruba  January 5, 2017

      We love that your family enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Maria  January 6, 2017

    Why do people try to follow a recipe and then try to change it? Either you follow it or not. Period. Jeez

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  25. Jessica H.  January 14, 2017

    Without thoroughly thinking it through, I picked up a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Will that work or should I use actual balsamic vinegar (as in not a dressing)

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    • Gale Compton  January 14, 2017

      Jessica, I would recommend the balsamic vinegar but the dressing is fine in a pinch. 🙂

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      • Jessica H.  January 18, 2017

        Thank you for your reply. Okay, I’m going to use what I have now and hope for the best!

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  26. Ellen  January 20, 2017

    I just made…!/2 cup Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar, 16 oz. Pace mild salsa, 3lbs. bnls, sknls chicken thighs. 4 hrs. high in crockpot. Absolutely awesome! Shredded for all dinners mexican:)

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  27. Evelyn  February 28, 2017

    Can you double this recipe?

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  28. Kathleen  March 22, 2017

    Anyone try this with red potatoes and carrots? If so do you throw them in at the start of cooking or would the be too done cooking that long? Thank in advance

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  29. Kara  July 17, 2017

    I have this going right now! I’m excited to try the flavor combinations!

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  30. Bren  September 4, 2017

    Can’t handle the vinegar taste, what can I add to this?

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  31. Dina  October 15, 2017

    If it has to cook longer because I’m usually gone 9-10 hours before I get home from work should I add more salsa or some extra water or do you think it will be ok?

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    • Gale Compton  October 16, 2017

      Dina, If you have a “warm” that automatically kicks in after the cooking time, please use it. If not, adding a little more liquid should prevent it from drying out. Please keep us posted. This recipe is delicious! 🙂

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  32. Jessica  October 28, 2017

    Would cilantro work well with this flavor? I was thinking about doing burritos with this recipe and am looking for a way to add to/enhance the flavors.

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    • Nichole Furlong  October 28, 2017

      Great question, Jessica! Cilantro would be great with this recipe! I use this chicken is my tacos all the time. It’s a fantastic recipe!

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  33. Sharon  November 6, 2017

    I make versions of this recipe all the time, but…..I use thighs!! More flavor and economical!! I can double and triple the chicken!!

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  34. Amy  January 20, 2018

    This was so delicious! My family really enjoyed it. We put it on Jasmine rice and sprinkled a bit of cheese on top. It was like a little chicken taco bowl. This was so easy too! Definitely joining my dinner rotation!

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  35. reily  January 25, 2018

    If I make it 3 lbs of chicken and leave the rest of the recipe the same, will it be too dry?

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    • Gale Compton  January 26, 2018

      Reily, I would recommend is increasing the balsamic just a little, maybe 2 tablespoons more, and increase the salsa by 1/4 – 1/3 cup.

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  36. meg  March 21, 2018

    Can you use picante sauce rather than salsa?

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