Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken

8 servings
4 hr 5 min

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken – A mouthwatering slow cooker chicken recipe that is exploding with flavor! This spicy, smoky shredded chicken is the perfect versatile filling for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, and taco salads! Add your favorite toppings for a flavorful chicken dish that’s sure to become a new family favorite!

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If you’re looking for some spice in your life, you’re in the right place!

Spicy, Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken will satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings and become a regular on your dinner menu!

From burritos stuffed with rice, beans, cheese, salsa, and guacamole to healthy taco salads filled with your favorite fresh ingredients, this tantalizing chicken will elevate dinnertime!

Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add so much enticing flavor to this chicken recipe. They’re spicy, smoky, and a little tangy.

Add bouillon, onion, green chiles, salsa, and earthy spices, and you have the ultimate shredded meat that’s perfect for Taco Tuesday!

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Ingredients needed for this recipe (scroll down to recipe card for complete recipe):

What are chipotles in adobo?

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are smoked and dried jalapenos that have been canned in a spicy, piquant sauce made with tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, and spices.

The peppers are smoky, a little tangy, and super spicy. They add tons of flavor to anything you add them to!

The chicken and all the other ingredients in the slow cooker before it's cooked.
How to make Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken:

  1. Simply add the chicken and spices to the slow cooker and top with the rest of the ingredients (except for the cilantro).
  2. When the chicken has cooked through, shred it and it’s ready for all your favorite Mexican dishes! (complete instructions on recipe card below)
The chicken and other ingredients in the slow cooker after it's cooked, before its' shredded.
How to serve Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken?

This super flavorful meat is excellent in all your favorite Mexican dishes! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Quesadillas
  • Burrito bowls
  • Filling for enchiladas
  • Nachos
  • Taco salad

Some excellent condiments for your Chipotle Chicken:

The chipotle chicken after it's been shredded.
How long is cooked chicken good for?

Refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container and use within 3-4 days.

You can also freeze the chicken in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Can I make the chicken less spicy?

This recipe gets a lot of its flavor from the canned chipotles in adobo, which are inherently spicy.

You could reduce the amount of chipotles in adobo, but you will also reduce the wonderful smoky flavor they add to the dish.

(Below) I used the chicken to make tacos and topped them with Serrano Salsa and cotija cheese.

Tacos filled with the Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken, topped with cheese and salsa verde.

Looking for more slow cooker Mexican dishes? Here are some favorites:

slow cooker with cooked refried beans blended smooth

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  • The can of chipotles in adobo is an integral ingredient in this recipe. If you can’t find them in the Hispanic aisle of the grocery store, you can get them HERE from Amazon.
  • Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken is a flavorful secret weapon! I add it to my Mexican rice and it’s perfect in this chicken.
  • I put that this recipe serves 8. That is taking into account that there will be side dishes or the meat will be served with tortillas, etc.

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 minutes Minutes Cook time: 4 hours Hours Total time: 4 hr 5 min
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  • 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken link in post
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 7 oz. can chipotles in adobo link in post
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced
  • 4.5 oz. can diced green chiles undrained
  • chopped cilantro optional garnish

Add chicken breasts to slow cooker. Top with bouillon, all of the spices, salsa, onion, and canned green chiles. Open the can of chipotles in adobo and dice the chiles. If you like spicy food, add the diced chiles and the sauce from the can to the slow cooker. To make less spicy, you could use some of the sauce instead of the chiles, or use a small amount of chiles.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken reaches 165° degrees. My chicken is done before 4 hours, but each slow cooker works differently.
Using 2 forks, shred the chicken into your desired texture. Mix it in well with everything in the slow cooker. Top with cilantro if desired. This meat is excellent on taco salads, in burritos, on nachos, in quesadillas, in tacos, and as a filling for enchiladas. Enjoy!
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