Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas

Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas – a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Quick and simple to prepare in a “set it and forget it” fashion. Perfect for busy, on-the-go individuals, great for get togethers and parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep!

Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

 

In case you’re not familiar with what carnitas are – let me tell you! Carnitas is a traditional Mexican dish that consists of shredded pork that is cooked until the edges are slightly crispy, but overall- completely full of Mexican flavor! Being that I limit my pork intake, I decided to do what I do best with recipes and make a healthy swap!

So these carnitas are made with chicken!

Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Crispy on the edges, juicy towards the center and bursting with flavor. Your taste buds are going to sing! Actually, this dish will hit your sense of smell before it hits your sense of taste. Which isn’t a bad thing…. unless you’re hungry.

The smell towards the end of cooking will fill your house and cause your mouth to start salivating.

Another amazing thing about this recipe?? Just like with a lot of my recipes – its so easy to make!

Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Tips:

  • This dish is cooked with chipotle peppers (just two) and a tablespoon of adobo sauce. You can find this canned together in the same aisle you will find salsa and other taco ingredients. The peppers will give the dish a bit of a spicy taste, so if you’re not a fan of even a small degree of spice, then I would omit it entirely.
  • You can substitute the chicken with pork if you prefer the traditional version of carnitas. I used half chicken breast and half chicken thighs in this recipe. You can substitute to use all chicken breast or all chicken thighs. Chicken thighs (being a darker, fattier meat) will be more tender and flavorful than chicken breast.
  • If you’re not a fan of crispy edges, then feel free to omit the broiling process. The meat that comes out of the crockpot is absolutely scrumptious. I know this because I was sampling as I was shredding! HA.

Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Serve these Chipotle Chicken Carnitas in your favorite taco mashup, over a salad, mixed with your favorite veggies, or stuffed into a delicious burrito! The combinations are endless, but sure to be delicious!

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Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com
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Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas

Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 8 cups
Calories 226 kcal
Author Samantha Buckner

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste

To the Crockpot:

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large orange squeezed, approximately 1/3 cup juice
  • 2 chipotle peppers diced
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small white onion diced

Garnishment:

  • freshly squeezed lime juice 3-4 limes
  • freshly chopped cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Line the chicken breasts and thighs up in a large shallow dish. 

  2. Combine the seasonings for the chicken in a small mixing bowl. Brush each chicken breast with olive oil, covering both sides, before seasoning all thoroughly. 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot starting with the chicken broth and orange juice, followed by the peppers, adobo sauce, garlic, and white onion.

  4. Lastly, add the chicken - spreading it out in the pot. Make sure the chicken is relatively submerged in the liquid.

  5. Cover and allow to cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

  6. When the chicken is ready, turn off the crockpot and prepare the oven by moving the top rack to the middle of the oven and turning the broiler on high. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  7. Carefully remove each piece of chicken from the crockpot. It will be extremely tender, so use tongs! Shred each thigh and breast using two forks.

  8. Add the shredded chicken to the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out evenly from corner to corner.

  9. Using a glass liquid measuring cup, scoop out 1/2 cup of the leftover broth mixture and pour it over the shredded chicken.

  10. Using tongs, toss the chicken to combine.

  11. Place into the oven to broil for 5 minutes. Remove, add one more 1/2 cup of the broth mixture, and toss to coat before returning to the oven for an additional 4-5 minutes. 

  12. Remove from the oven, garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Enjoy with tacos, nachos, or in a bowl with your favorite veggies!

Recipe Notes

Tips:

  • This dish is cooked with chipotle peppers (just two) and a tablespoon of adobo sauce. You can find this canned together in the same aisle you will find salsa and other taco ingredients. The peppers will give the dish a bit of a spicy taste, so if you're not a fan of even a small degree of spice, then I would omit it entirely.
  • You can substitute the chicken with pork if you prefer the traditional version of carnitas. I used half chicken breast and half chicken thighs in this recipe. You can substitute to use all chicken breast or all chicken thighs. Chicken thighs (being a darker, fattier meat) will be more tender and flavorful than chicken breast.
  • If you're not a fan of crispy edges, then feel free to omit the broiling process. The meat that comes out of the crockpot is absolutely scrumptious. I know this because I was sampling as I was shredding! HA.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 918mg 38%
Potassium 586mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 9.1%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Carnitas - a healthier take on the traditional pork carnitas that we all know and absolutely adore! Perfect for on-the-go individuals, for parties, and an easy option for your weekly meal prep! #carnitas #slowcooker #crockpot #mexican #cincodemayo https://withpeanutbutterontop.com
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    Comments

    Esther Moseichuk

    Hands down best tacos I have ever made in My entire life. And I have made a lot of tacos. Thank you sooo much! Your recipes never ceases to amaze me.

    Karen

    How Much chicken is considered one Serving?

      Samantha Buckner

      If you take a look at the recipe + the nutrition label: recipe makes approximately 8 cups of shredded chicken carnitas and the nutrition breakdown is for 1 serving – which is one cup! 🙂

    Jennifer clements

    Thank you for this great recipe!! We had it for supper tonight and my family loved it!!!