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slow cooker Mexican shredded chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

This Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken is a delicious and juicy chicken recipe that you can use in your favorite tacos, burritos, or enchiladas. It is easy to throw together on the weekend and keep in the refrigerator for a quick weeknight meal.
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Course: chicken recipes, crockpot recipes, slow cooker, slow cooker chicken recipe
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: crockpot mexican shredded chicken, mexican shredded chicken, slow cooker Mexican shredded chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 244kcal


  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts about 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  • In a small bowl, stir together all of the spices.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker and then sprinkle with the seasoning mix.
  • Pour the tomato sauce and chicken stock in with the chicken and spices. Mix the ingredients by flipping the chicken breasts a few times.
  • Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on low.
  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker and place it into a glass mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer or two forks, shred the chicken. You can shred the chicken in the crockpot, but I like to control the amount of sauce in with the chicken, so I shred it separately in a bowl.
  • Add 1/2 of a cup or so of the sauce from the slow cooker in with the chicken. Then squeeze in some lime juice and season with extra salt and pepper.


Meal Prep and Freezer Tips

You can prepare this Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken ahead of time to use in quick healthy dinner recipes during the week.
Store the shredded Mexican chicken in the fridge for up to 4 days. I like using glass containers over plastic when storing foods because it keeps everything fresh longer.
Another way to store slow cooker shredded chicken is to freeze it into recipe ready portions using plastic freezer bags or Souper cubers.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g