Slow Cooker Monday: Shredded Mexican Chicken

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Last week I was craving Mexican food. I looked up a few Crockpot recipes and found that is was just as easy as I expected to make some shredded chicken with Mexican flavors. After adapting a recipe from Good Life Eats, I came home to moist and flavorful chicken, easily shredded and tossed into a tortilla with all the fixings. Avocados are a particular favorite of mine and I will be sharing a few avocado recipes in the coming weeks.

What’s your favorite thing to make with avocado?


Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

Adapted from Good Life Eats

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/4 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 t  cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t ground coriander
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/3 C chicken broth
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lime
  • Tortillas for serving, plus any of the following:  salsa, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, avocado, sour cream, beans

In a medium pan, saute onion and pepper in oil for a few minutes over medium heat (until soft and translucent). Add spices and cook for another minute. Pour chicken broth over onions and turn off heat.

Salt and pepper chicken and place in slow cooker. Pour onion and broth mixture over chicken and squeeze lime over everything. Cook on low for around 5 hours (until chicken is cooked through). Remove cooked chicken and place in a large bowl. Shred with two forks. Add onions and a little of the broth over the chicken. Serve immediately.

19 Responses to “Slow Cooker Monday: Shredded Mexican Chicken”
  1. Ann writes:

    As always – looks amazing!
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  2. Jessica writes:

    This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing and I’ll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sandra writes:

    That avocado looks so yummy sitting there in the midst of the chicken.
    Sandra recently posted Me Versatile Alrighty Then!

  4. kita writes:

    I LOVE slow cooker chicken for my Mexican dishes!

  5. Emily @ Life on Food writes:

    I normally use a can of enchilada sauce with chicken for my mexican slow cooker chicken. I always feel guilty afterwards – way too much salt in that sauce. I love making something from scratch. Thanks for this recipe.
    Emily @ Life on Food recently posted An experiment in chocolate

  6. Liz writes:

    Great chicken! Perfect for tacos without heating up the kitchen :)
    Liz recently posted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon Zest

  7. Peggy writes:

    This sounds fabulous!! I love busting out my crockpot for simple and delicious recipes like these =)
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  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts writes:

    What great seasonings for the chicken! I love being able to put something in the crock pot, and forget about it until dinner! And top with avocado – yum!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted Oreo Muffins

  9. Stephanie writes:

    @Erin – thanks! I love it too!

  10. Stephanie writes:

    @Peggy – thanks! Me too! :)

  11. Stephanie writes:

    @Liz – exactly! Great for summer.

  12. Stephanie writes:

    @Emily – that sounds good too although it is a lot of salt. Now you can use this as your alternative when you want to cut down on sodium!

  13. Stephanie writes:

    @Kita – isn’t it great?!

  14. Stephanie writes:

    @Sandra – thanks! It’s one of my favorite toppings for Mexican food.

  15. Stephanie writes:

    @Jessica – thanks! That would be great I’m sure.

  16. Stephanie writes:

    @Ann – thanks! :)

  17. Lindsey@Lindselicious writes:

    Oooh I just made some Mexican themed chicken in my crockpot too! I like that this one is more subtle- way better suited to tacos!
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  18. Stephanie writes:

    @Lindsey – thanks!

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