Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

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This shredded Mexican chicken is a versatile recipe that you can use as your next tacos filling. It’s full of flavor and spiciness.

This is a great recipe to prep meal in case you like to plan your week ahead. It’s reheat friendly. Thanks to the Mexican sauce that is formed when cooked, the chicken won’t be dry at all.

Personally, I found very handy to have a portion of this shredded chicken for my quick weeknight meals. You can use it in a chicken macaroni salad, in zucchini boats or even with some arepas.

How much time does it take to cook this chicken in the slow cooker?

This is the golden question when cooking in the slow cooker: time.

Slow cookers are known for the capacity to make any piece of meat extra tender and moist.

At first glance this is a good thing but if we let the chicken too much time cooking it will end up so tender that will fall apart into teeny tiny pieces.

Remember that there is a slight variation of cooking time according to the slow cooker model you have. I have a pretty standard Crock-Pot SCV400RD.

For me the perfect time for this recipe is the following:

High: 2.5 hours

Low: 5 hours

This way we get tender chicken that can hold its shape, and not a chicken cream.

How to get the “Mexican” flavor?

As everything seasoning is key. But in this recipe, I don’t want to use any shortcut with pre-made Mexican seasoning. I want to use the basics:

1 jalapeño deseed and cut into tiny pieces

½ tbsp cumin

½ tbsp oregano

1 tbsp garlic powder

This mixture gives me a lot of flavor without any artificial flavor.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I see you in the next one!

Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 
This shredded Mexican chicken is a versatile recipe that you can use as your next tacos filling. It’s full of flavor and spiciness.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 400 gr chicken breast
  • 1 can tomatoes crushed 400 gr
  • 1 jalapeño deseed and cut into tiny pieces
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Place the chicken at the bottom so the crushed tomatoes and the seasoning cover the chicken while cooking.
  2. Cook on low 5 hours or 2.5 hours in high.
  3. With the help of 2 forks, shred the chicken and take it back to the sauce that’s left in the slow cooker. Remove well and serve or store.

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