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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken - Super easy and so full of fabulous flavor. Great for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc.
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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken - Super easy and so full of fabulous flavor. Great for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: chicken, easy, Mexican, shredded, slow cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup salsa (homemade or store-bought)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 oz. mild green chilies (small can)
  • 14.5 oz. diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained (1 can)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (decrease or omit for less spicy)
  • 1 - 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped

Instructions

  • Rub chicken breasts with oil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine seasonings.
  • Cook on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  • Remove chicken to a cutting board, and allow to cool about 5 minutes before shredding (there will be liquid remaining in the slow cooker).
  • Return shredded chicken and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid/juices.
  • If you have excess liquid you can drain this off.
  • Taste and add hot sauce to taste if desired.

Notes

You can adjust the adobo peppers and sauce to your meet your desire of spice/heat level. I only used one pepper and 1 teaspoon of sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1341mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1276IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg