Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

by MsModify
4-6 Servings
6 hr 5 min

This slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken is so easy to make and is great in tacos, burritos, salads, stuffed potatoes… the list goes on and on!

There are a few meals that are in constant rotation in our house, and this slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken is one of them! I typically use the slow cooker more often during the fall/winter, but this recipe is so easy and versatile that I make it all year long!

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s perfect for meal prep. I typically make this shredded Mexican chicken in the beginning of the week and use the chicken throughout the week in different ways! It’s perfect in tacos, on a salad, stuffed in a potato, etc!

There is one catch to this recipe… I don’t recommend setting your slow cooker to high because I’ve learned it dries out the chicken, so low is best!

*My personal favorite salsa is Mateo’s!


Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
Recipe details
  • 4-6  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 6 Hours Total time: 6 hr 5 min
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 Tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lime, to garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, to garnish

Combine all ingredients into slow cooker and set to low for 5-6 hours or until chicken shreds easily.
Discard Bay leaf.
Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks (you can do this in the slow cooker if you prefer).
Return chicken to slow cooker, stir to combine and cook an additional 20-30 mins so chicken soaks up sauce.
Top with cilantro and lime juice before serving.
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  • Susie Susie on Sep 16, 2022

    Sounds delicious! What sides do you usually serve with the chix, or how do you serve this?

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    • Diane Konarske Reilly Diane Konarske Reilly on Sep 21, 2023

      I use it in place of ground beef in tacos, burritos, etc. I also love it over mashed potatoes.

  • KC KC on Sep 16, 2022

    I have the same question as Susie. How is this chicken served? What about sides? I'm anxious to try this.