A slow cooker makes this flavorful and versatile Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken recipe the perfect easy dinner recipe.
The best kind of healthy recipe, in my opinion, is one that is easy and convenient to make. If a healthy recipe has a long list of difficult-to-find ingredients and directions that would confuse even Julia Child, it’s going to lose out to an easy-to-make unhealthy recipe (or just pizza delivery).
That’s why I’m all about promoting healthy recipes that are simple, quick, and convenient. Bonus points if they cook while you’re away like this one! Slow cookers make cooking so convenient because you often just have to dump in a few ingredients, stir, and then wait for the magic to happen while you’re at work, running errands, or even sleeping.
It’s kind of hard to call the pizza delivery guy when you get home and open up your slow cooker to chicken that looks like that. Oh, and your house will smell amazing thanks to the garlic, jalapeno pepper, hickory-flavored liquid smoke, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and cilantro. Not to mention the tomatoes, black beans, and chicken… it will be impossible to turn down.
3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded ChickenI can think of a few reasons why Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken will soon top your list of “favorite dinners.”
Reason #1: Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is convenient to make. As I mentioned, cooking this recipe in the slow cooker makes it incredibly convenient. You only have to tend to it once: 30 minutes before the slow cook cycle is complete, you’ll need to open it up to shred the chicken. This lets the shredded chicken absorb all those unbelievably good flavors from the rest of the ingredients.
But don’t worry, if you’re absolutely starving waiting for those 30 minutes to pass, you can enjoy some chips with homemade guacamole or our favorite Black Bean Salsa.
Reason #2: Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is healthy. For the chicken alone (rice not included), it contains only 375 calories per serving. It’s also low in fat (8.6 grams per serving) and has a whopping 40.7 grams of protein per serving!
Reason #3: Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is versatile. I’ve pictured it over a bed of cilantro-lime rice, but you’re only limited by your imagination with this shredded chicken. You can also eat it:
On brown rice or another whole grain
In lettuce wraps
On a salad
It’s a winner of a recipe that can be re-purposed to fit many different menu options.
Cooking with Liquid SmokeI want to quickly mention the hickory-flavored liquid smoke ingredient. If you’ve never tried cooking with liquid smoke, you may not be sure where to buy it, or you may be wondering if you can just skip it altogether. Please don’t skip the liquid smoke!
Cooking with liquid smoke is easy and it adds an incredible flavor. Liquid smoke is actually a concentrate made from actual smoke; in this case, the smoke of hickory wood. Amazing, right?
A lot of grocery stores and big box stores sell liquid smoke, or you can go for the ever-convenient option of buying it online. It’s not very expensive and a bottle will last you a long time!
I hope you enjoy this easy, healthy, and versatile dinner recipe!
PrintMexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
Mexican Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is a healthy and versatile recipe! Serve over rice, on a sandwich, or in lettuce wraps or burrito bowls.
Author: Jessica McCoy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3-8 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes to 8 hours, 15 minutes
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced
- 1½ tablespoon hickory-flavored liquid smoke
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 limes, quartered
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped