Bowl of salsa barbecue chicken thighs, shredded in a bowl and ready to be paired with rice and vegetables.

Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thighs

These Easy Slow Cooker Salsa Barbecue Chicken Thighs take minutes to throw together for a delicious dinner packed with finger-lickin' flavour.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword chicken thighs, salsa barbecue, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Aleta


  • 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


Equipment Needed


  • Heat a skillet on medium high and combine the cajun seasoning, chilli powder, onion, garlic, salt 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.