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?


Recipe:

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 Comments on Slow Cooker Monday: Shredded Mexican Chicken

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

      @Ann – thanks! :)

  1. Jessica
    May 31, 2011 at 11:56 am (4 years ago)

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

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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

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

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

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

  2. kita
    May 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVE slow cooker chicken for my Mexican dishes!

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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      @Kita – isn’t it great?!

  3. Emily @ Life on Food
    May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm (4 years ago)

    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

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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      @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!

    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

      @Liz – exactly! Great for summer.

  4. Peggy
    June 1, 2011 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    This sounds fabulous!! I love busting out my crockpot for simple and delicious recipes like these =)
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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

      @Peggy – thanks! Me too! :)

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    June 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm (4 years ago)

    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

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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2011 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

      @Erin – thanks! I love it too!

  6. Lindsey@Lindselicious
    June 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

    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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    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

      @Lindsey – thanks!

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