Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
This easy slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken recipe will have your mouth savoring heat from spicy chilies, sweetness from brown sugar, smokiness from chipotle and liquid smoke, and earthiness from oregano. This chicken recipe will be the most flavourful and versatile chicken you make all week because it makes a lot and can be used as the basis for all kinds of dishes, like taco and enchilada recipes or quesadilla recipes. If you are looking for slow cooker recipes for families, this Mexican chicken recipe should enter your weekly meal roster for a tasty treat. Consider serving as is with rice and salad or use in all kinds of recipes, from tacos to pasta or pizza.
The best family slow cooker recipes are the ones you can cater to your family’s tastes and this Mexican recipe leaves space open if you don’t want your chicken spicy. This slow cooker chicken recipe is slow cooked with mild salsa, chili powder, cumin, and other herbs and spices, but doesn’t leave this dish burningly hot so even young kids can enjoy it. If you prefer it spicier, however, you can opt for more heat by adding a medium salsa instead. You might think that chicken breast will become dry in the crockpot after an extensive cook time, but rest assured, this chicken will be shreddable and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Rather than using chicken breasts as your meat of choice, you could exchange for boneless chicken thighs if your family prefers dark white, rather than white. Also, you might not be able to locate liquid smoke in your grocery store, but that’s okay; instead add either some of the sauce from a can of chipotle peppers or incorporate the optional ground chipotle pepper for more smoky taste.
If you enjoy Mexican recipes for chicken, this dish will provide you with familiar Mexican tastes of tomato salsa, cumin, and chilies while being hands off for most of the day as you cook it. This chicken recipe involves no chopping; it is simply a matter of putting the chicken, spices, and salsa in the crockpot and cooking until perfectly tender. Easy crock pot meals don’t get simpler than this, nor more flavourful, and can be used in lots of preparations. Even consider using this dish as a replacement to your pulled pork recipe by putting it in a bun with a coleslaw garnish. Simply mix finely shredded cabbage with fresh lime juice, cilantro, and honey, and you will have the perfect garnish to your pulled chicken recipe.
Many people don’t like to prepare chicken in the crockpot because you won’t achieve crispy skin as you would when roasting it. For this reason, chicken crock pot recipes are more suited to braising rather than roasting, which is why this Mexican chicken recipe works so well. The chicken remains juicy and tender while being doused in a flavorful sauce. Thank you to Jen, the author of Carl’s Bad Cravings recipe blog, for sharing her easy slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken recipe. **
Nutrition Facts for: Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, olive oil, mild salsa, brown sugar, mild green chilies, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili pepper, dry oregano, salt, pepper, liquid smoke.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 419, Calories from Fat 137, Total Fat 15.2g 23%, Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%, Cholesterol 135mg 45%, Sodium 867mg 36%,Potassium 940mg 27%, Carbohydrates 24.6g 8%, Dietary Fiber 7.0g 28%, Sugars 16.4g, Protein 47.0g, Vitamin A 125%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 6%, Iron 21%
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