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Make this super easy, clean eating crock pot Mexican chicken recipe for your next Taco Tuesday!

A while back, I made a recipe for slow cooker pineapple chicken that was just amazing and way too easy to make. And since I had such fabulous success with that recipe, it got me to thinking about other chicken recipes I could make like this.

Shredded, Clean Eating Crock Pot Mexican Chicken served in a heap on a white platter. There is a whole tomato, bunch of cilantro and half a lemon on the platter for garnish.


So I did a little search online and came up with a lovely recipe from Good Life Eats I just had to try. Her recipe is wonderful and I fully intend on trying to make her version verbatim. But I was in a hurry and didn’t have the time to sauté things. So I took a few shortcuts and came up with a really yummy chicken dish that is perfect for filling tacos (and that’s exactly what I did!).

CROCK POT MEXICAN CHICKEN FOR TACOS

Use this chicken just the same as you would any shredded chicken. Use it as your base meat in your taco or burrito, and build your fillings on top of that. This is a really fast, easy and basic chicken recipe that can even be used in taco salads, served over rice with other toppings or even mixed into a broth with other vegetables for a quick and easy taco soup. This is an excellent base recipe. A jumping off point for many other recipes.

HOW TO SHRED CHICKEN

Shredding chicken is a simple process. If you have a “bare-bones” kitchen, you can simply use two forks and basically tear the chicken between them. But if you happen to have a hand held beater (like you would use for mixing a cake batter or beating eggs), you can use that to easily shred your chicken! Just put the beater into the crock after cooking and turn it on a medium setting. Adjust the speed of your blender to get the job done without spraying bits of chicken everywhere. It’s fast, it’s easy and you can just drop those beaters into the dishwasher when you’re done. Simple!

CROCK POT CHICKEN RECIPES

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CROCK POT MEXICAN CHICKEN RECIPE:

Clean Eating Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Recipe

Crock Pot Mexican Chicken

This easy slow cooker recipe is the best way to make chicken for Taco Tuesdays!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 149kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. clean eating taco seasoning (see link above)
  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (no sugar added)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir until the chicken breasts are well coated in the spices.
  • Arrange the chicken breasts in such a way that they are as close as possible to being a single layer.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on your slow cooker.
  • If you are home, flip the chicken half way through its cooking time and arrange it into a single layer.
  • The chicken is done when it easily falls apart.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 509mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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52 Comments

  1. Hi Tiffany ~ What a wonderful idea to use the taco seasoning this way ~ Have you tried it without the chicken broth (with just water instead)? I try to watch my sodium and was wondering if it would ruin the flavor if I just used a cup of water instead! BTW ~ thank you SO much the the taco seasoning recipe!!! So simple but oh so perfect =o)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Glad you like the seasoning, Dawn! My best guess would be that you will be fine using water. It may change the flavor just slightly, but not enough to really make a difference. That said, I haven’t tried it. But I can’t see why it wouldn’t work when you are using the seasoning for most of the flavor anyway.

      1. Using water changes it a great deal. Add one potato pealed to absorbe the salt.

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Mary – Thanks for the tip!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Glad you like the seasoning, Dawn! My best guess would be that you will be fine using water. It may change the flavor just slightly, but not enough to really make a difference. That said, I haven’t tried it. But I can’t see why it wouldn’t work when you are using the seasoning for most of the flavor anyway.

  2. Hi Tiffany ~ What a wonderful idea to use the taco seasoning this way ~ Have you tried it without the chicken broth (with just water instead)? I try to watch my sodium and was wondering if it would ruin the flavor if I just used a cup of water instead! BTW ~ thank you SO much the the taco seasoning recipe!!! So simple but oh so perfect =o)

  3. YUM!! I love homemade salsa and guacamole on my tacos. Sooo good!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Debi – Definitely love the homemade guacamole. The stuff from the store cannot even compare. Not even close!

  4. YUM!! I love homemade salsa and guacamole on my tacos. Sooo good!

  5. Just put the lid on the pot. 8hrs will seem like forever to wait, but I know it will be worth it! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Karin – It is worth it! Promise!

  6. I made the Crock Pot Mexican Chicken and my family loved it. I have also used the taco seasoning recipe for making beef tacos. It is definitely better than the store bought seasoning. Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Rain – You’re welcome! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Rain – You’re welcome! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it!

  7. Giselle1112 says:

    I made this tonight. I was concerned because it was “so simple”, but WOW! It is definitely a keeper. The family loved it. I will, without doubt, be making it again ( and again). Please keep the crock pot recipes coming with a new baby on the hand, it is definitely a lifesaver.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Giselle – I will!

  8. Keduran2011 says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I live in Texas and we hold “tex-mex” style foods in high regard in the south and this recipe measured up to the test!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Keduran – Yay!!! Glad it passed muster!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Charlie – As I just found out, you should always cook with raw chicken in a crock pot. It avoids any bacteria from building on the chicken. The frozen breasts do not allow the crock pot to get to the proper temperature quick enough. So I would go with raw.

  10. Alyce Swinburne says:

    I just recently started to eat clean and this was my first try at making clean taco seasoning. We had this recipe last night and it was so good. My hubby is very picky and he said he liked it more this way than the way I use to make it (it was a very similar recipe that I use to make). I added a whole tomato, a little bit of orange/red/green/yellow bell peppers, black beans, and corn. I will be making this again. The only question I have is when you say clean chicken broth do you mean just low sodium chicken broth like Campbells?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Alyce – Glad you both enjoyed it!
      Clean chicken broth means that there is no sugar added in any form (including dextrose). And yes low-sodium is preferred. One brand I really like is Pacific. Their broth is really tasty, low sodium and there is no garbage added. Trader Joe’s also carries a good one, but they have 2 or 3 and only 1 has no added sugar. So you’d have to read the labels. Hope that helps!

  11. Brooke Walter says:

    Made this today as a topping for your clean eating taco salad. Yum!!! Can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow. Might throw it in a ww tortilla. 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Brooke – Oh yum!! I’ve never thought to do that! I’ll have to try that soon. Thanks!

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  13. Ashley Beth says:

    Hmmm – but how do I serve this?? Can I serve it over brown rice? Afraid there won’t be enough liquid “gravy” leftover to do that. It’s for a group of women, I would eat it by itself! 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Ashley – I envision this more as a taco or burrito filling. Or, you could serve it by itself with some refried beans and mexican rice.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Michelle – Wonderful! I’m so happy you liked it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Bethnc – Good question. I would say you could weigh it and use about 3-4 oz.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Amy – Great! I hope you enjoy it!

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Callady – That DOES sound good!

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  20. I just bought a slow cooker, it well be used until it gives up on life !! 😀 I got it specifically for your recipes.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awww, thanks awesome!!! I love my slow cooker. Can’t live without it!

  21. Heather Mathis says:

    Had this and your Mexican Brown rice for dinner tonight. It was a delicious. I am enjoying making your recipes. Thanks for all you do!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      How wonderful! Thank you, I’m flattered!

  22. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Enjoy!

  23. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Enjoy!

  24. Hi, I am very new to clean eating and just made this one tonight and its so good. Thanks for sharing your fab recipes!

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  26. graciouspantry says:

    Yes I did. 🙂

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  28. I can’t wait to try your taco seasoning!! I have been wanting to make my own for a while now but have been lazy and just toss spices in willy-nilly. I like to use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment to shread my chicken. Oh, I have been using frozen chicken breasts for years and have never had a problem.

  29. This is my favorite recipe and my husband loves it too! Thanks for sharing it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – My pleasure! 🙂

  30. I found this recipe yesterday and immediately went out and bought chicken breasts for tonight’s dinner. I am going to make a chicken taco salad…some baby kale, cherry tomatoes, the chicken, carrots, avocado and olive oil for dressing. I cant wait to get home!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda C – Oh yum!!

  31. Soup looks delicious! In the picture I see corn, tomatoes, and beans- yet the recipe only includes chicken, broth, and seasonings. Am I missing something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim G – Soup? I think you meant to comment on another recipe. This isn’t soup.

  32. I am just using 2 chicken Breasts is that 2 lbs? Should I cut the broth in half?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cathy – That depends on how much each chicken breast weighs. You would have to weigh them. The amount of broth depends on the size of your pot too. You don’t want to cook in a slow cooker without filling the crock at least 1/2 way full. Otherwise, it won’t cook well. Definitely two different issues. If the chicken breasts weight 1 lb. and your crock is small enough, then yes. You can cut the broth in half. But start with weighing the chicken first.

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