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Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowlThe weather this week? Spectacular!! 58 degrees for our morning runs?!! I’m soaking it all in! As much as I love so many things about summer this is really making me start dreaming of fall. And soon we will be dreaming of all the traditional fall foods in the slow cooker. But it seems this is just a teaser. We will be back to a full blast heat furnace of summer this weekend. But no matter your weather…. I’ve got a delicious slow cooker summer recipe for you here! I mean cheese? Salsa? What could be more summer? AND it’s not a snack! It’s dinner!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowl with bowl of white rice and 2 forksI think next time I will make a double batch of this. I would have loved to have leftovers to eat for lunch. Every day for an entire week. Maybe a triple batch! There was not one little itty bitty scrap of chicken or dribble of sauce left. We scraped the crock so clean we didn’t even have to wash it (we washed it!). I mean I figured I would like it, it was my idea to make it after all. But my ideas don’t always gel with what my family likes. This time it was a home run!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowl with 2 forks on sideYou can make this as spicy or not spicy as all as you want. I went with not spicy at all since our house tends to be divided boy/girl on whether we like spicy. Girls won. So I just used a little sauce from the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and mild salsa. Crank up the heat by adding spicier salsa or blending up one or more of the peppers from the can into your sauce.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowl with 2 forks in backgroundI think you could go as spicy as you dare here since it all gets cooled down a little at the end with the creamy homemade cheese sauce. Which I know sounds like, ugh…extra work. But I promise it’s easy, takes only about 10 minutes and is totally worth it. The taste of freshly melted cheese always wins hands down over anything you can get from a box.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowlYou will also notice I used bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts here. I like the fact that they stay so juicy and tender in the crock and since we are not adding a lot of liquid I think this is the way to go. Once the chicken has cooked all day and is practically falling apart it is super easy to remove the skin and bones. You will be left with chicken that is so yummy it will be worth the effort!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken in white bowl with 2 forks in background

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken

Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken

Jennifer Draper
With only a short time to prep, this Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken can be as spicy as you want it and is family friendly!
3.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 321 kcal


  • 1 pound or a little more chicken breasts (bone-in, skin on)
  • 1/2 cup salsa use something you really like
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • For cheese sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups freshly shredded cheese I used sharp cheddar and monterey jack


  • Mix together salsa and adobo sauce
  • If more spice is desired, add salsa, sauce and 1-2 peppers to blender and blend until just smooth
  • Add to crock
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours (recommended) or high for 3-4
  • Once chicken is done remove from crock
  • Using forks remove the skin and pull the meat off the bones (careful, it will be hot!)
  • Shred the chicken and make sure there are no remaining bones
  • Return to liquid in crock and let it sit while preparing cheese
  • Right before serving melt 1 butter in small saucepan over medium high heat
  • Add flour and whisk for 1 minute
  • Slowly add milk while whisking to ensure no lumps form
  • Keep whisking for 3-4 minutes until sauce thickens
  • Remove from heat and using a spoon stir in cheese until melted and smooth
  • Add cheese to crock and stir well
  • Serve with rice, tortillas or as desired


I cooked this for 7 hours on low in my 5 quart crock


Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 26gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 2000mgPotassium: 371mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 219mgIron: 1.3mg
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  1. Is there a step missing? When do I add the chicken to the crockpot and no mention of adding liquid (what kind, and how much)?

  2. I have an adobo dry seasoning. Could I mix this with water or chicken broth to substitute for the adobo sauce, and if so, any idea on measurements to replace the sauce?

    1. We have never worked with a dried adobo seasoning so I do not know if it would work or not.

  3. Excited to soon try this and your lemon chicken. We have five children (four at home) and need more meal ideas. Glad I came upon your site today! Our oldest child is now on her own and loves crockpot cooking. She gave us a crockpot for Christmas last year, but we’ve only used it once. Time for a change… some easier meals and less cleanup.

    I do have a question for you since not very familiar with crockpot cooking. Is it safe to place raw meat directly into the crockpot, or is it best to cook/brown a few minutes prior? Years ago, I made stew in a crockpot but browned the beef a bit prior to placing in the pot. Also, is there ever a need for non-stick sprays with any of your recipes? If so, which spray(s) do you prefer? Thank you!!

    1. Krissy, I’m so excited you’ve decided to try slow cooking! You will love how easy it is and hopefully will be impressed by how delicious the food can be. To answer your questions, yes you can put raw meat in the slow cooker. Some recipes do call for browning but that’s more about the flavor/texture specific to those recipes. Yes, non-stick sprays are very helpful in certain recipes and I always note it. I use either canola or olive oil spray and if it matters I try to specify otherwise just use whichever you prefer! Canola is pretty universal and doesn’t have a strong flavor so that’s usually my go-to. Let me know which recipes you try and how they turn out!!

  4. Yummy! I have crockpot and only use it for 2 recipes. I will try some of yours. Thank you! 🙂

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