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You’ll love this Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe!
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Is there anything worse than rushing home after a long day to get a head start on dinner? With my oldest in preschool and activities afterwards, I rely on my slow cooker to make dinner for me. By the time we get home I’ve only got about a half an hour until dinner time, which isn’t a lot especially when small teething children are involved. This super easy slow cooker salsa barbecue chicken is one of my favourite go-to’s because of how quick and easy it is to throw together. Oh, and of course my family and I LOVE it!
Seriously, you want quick and easy? This recipe takes five minutes to throw together, the slow cooker does it’s magic, and then about 20 minutes at the end to cook rice and steam some broccoli if you wish. I know, it’s truly wonderful.
My mom gave me the idea for this recipe. She likes to slow cook country style ribs in a mixture of barbecue sauce and salsa (which is freaking delicious btw), so I decided to give chicken thighs a shot.. oh boy, so, so, delicious! I can’t wait for you to try this dish and let me know what you think!
What is in this Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe?
Nothing but deliciousness!
This Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe has chicken thighs coated with cajun seasoning, chili powder, sea salt, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
The sauce is simply your favourite barbecue sauce and salsa!
I like to pair this dish with rice and steamed veggies but is also super delish when tossed onto a brioche bun.
How to make Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thighs
This Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe is super easy and quick to throw together.
Heat a skillet on medium high and combine the seasonings in a bowl. Mix, then toss the chicken thighs with the mixture until the chicken has been seasoned evenly.
Once the skillet is hot, sear the chicken thighs for a couple of minutes on each side until a nice golden colour has been achieved. Place the chicken thighs in a slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
30-45 minutes before the cooking time has complete, use two forks to pull the chicken thighs apart to create shredded chicken. Mix barbecue sauce with salsa and pour into the slow cooker with the shredded chicken. Mix then allow to cook for the remaining time.
Serve hot with your choice of side.
How to de-bone chicken thighs
Boneless skinless chicken thighs can be very pricey so I don’t buy them unless they are on sale, in which case I buy out the entire store..
But most of the time they are not on sale, and I tend to run out of my freezer stock of ‘on sale chicken thighs’ pretty quickly. So I’m left to buy the bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs. I don’t really have too much against them other than they aren’t as quick as having them done for me.
At least de-boning and skinning is super easy!
First you want to remove the skin from the top of the thigh then flip the thigh over so that you have access to the under side of the thigh. The bone will be just underneath the meat. Take a sharp knife and cut along the bone until the bone is exposed.
Now cut along each side of the bone and finally behind the bone to release the bone from the meat. Chicken thighs only have the one bone to be removed, however there is usually a piece or two of hard cartilage near the bone you want to feel around for and remove.
That’s it! Repeat for each thigh 🙂
Any salsa will work in this Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe, I use whatever I happen to have kicking around my fridge.
Just keep in mind that chili and cajun seasoning are cooked into the chicken thighs so a hot salsa would make a fairly spicy dish.
Mmmm I LOVE barbecue sauce!
My favourite barbecue sauces are hickory smoked and rich with flavour. Any barbecue sauce would work in this Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh recipe but I would recommend a hickory smoked one!
Have you ever thought of making your own? I make a delicious homemade Low Carb BBQ Sauce that I can’t seem to get enough of!
What pairs with Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thighs?
My favourite sides to pair with this delicious Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thigh dish would definitely be rice and steamed broccoli or green beans. Here are some other yummy options:
- Kale Caesar Salad
- Yam Potato Salad with Bacon
- Roasted Broccoli, Green Beans and Carrots
- Roasted Potatoes
- Cheesy Focaccia Flatbread
- Mama Bear’s Garden Salad
Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Build a mouthwatering pulled chicken sandwich with this Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken. It’s delicious! Are you feeding a crowd? This is a quick and easy way to do so.
You should get about 8-10 sandwiches from one recipe. Grab some brioche buns, load ’em with mayo and a generous helping of chicken. Boom.
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Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thighs
- 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 2 tsp cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup your favourite barbecue sauce I like hickory smoked or bold
- 1 cup your favourite salsa I prefer medium so it’s not too spicy
- Heat a skillet on medium high and combine the cajun seasoning, chilli powder, onion, garlic, sat and pepper in a bowl. Mix, then toss the chicken thighs with the mixture until the chicken has been seasoned evenly.
- Once the skillet is hot, sear the chicken thighs for a couple of minutes on each side until a nice golden colour has been achieved. Place the chicken thighs in the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- 30-45 minutes before the cooking time has complete, use two forks to pull the chicken thighs apart to create shredded chicken. Mix the barbecue sauce with salsa and pour into the slow cooker with the shredded chicken. Mix then allow to cook for the remaining time.
- Serve hot with rice and and steamed vegetates if desired.