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salsa shredded chicken

Salsa Shredded Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken recipe comes together with just five ingredients, making it perfect for meal prep, game-day recipes or even a potluck! 
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 235kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs - or a combo of both
  • 1 cup salsa - store bought or homemade
  • 1 cup chicken broth - or stock (can also use veggie broth/stock)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup ghee or butter - optional, but highly suggest if using chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, or tapioca starch, or cornstarch or flour - optional

Instructions

Instant Pot (or electric pressure cooker)

  • To your electric pressure cooker add all ingredients, stir to combine to make sure all ingredients are mixed well and that chicken is completely covered.
  • Set to high pressure and cook on manual for 20 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to release naturally for 8-10 minutes and then turn valve to release any remaining pressure. Make sure to use the back of a wooden spoon or thick hand towel to release remaining pressure.
  • Shred chicken when tender with two forks. Season to taste with any salt and pepper, if desired.
  • If you'd like a thicker sauce, combine 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or any starch to thicken) with 2 tbsp broth from pot and mix until starch dissolves (this is to create a "slurry"). Pour into Instant Pot and mix to combine with shredded chicken.
  • With the sauté function on and while stirring, slowly pour the slurry into the shredded chicken, stirring, until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes.

Slow-Cooker Method

  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high 2-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours, until chicken is tender enough to easily shred with a fork. Shred chicken when tender and return to slow cooker.
  • If you'd like a thicker sauce, combine 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (or any starch to thicken) with 2 tbsp water and mix until starch dissolves (this is to create a "slurry"). Pour into slow-cooker and mix to combine with shredded chicken. Cook on low for another 20 minutes and toss with sauce. Season to taste with any salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes

nutrition info is for 2lbs chicken breast, using ghee, arrowroot powder and jarred Pace salsa.
one serving is approx 4-ounces.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g
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