Shredded Mexican Chicken Garnished with Cilantro and sliced limes on cutting board on top of white background

Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x


This slow cooker shredded Mexican chicken is easy to make and full of flavor! Just dump the ingredients in the crockpot or instant pot, and make tender juicy chicken for tacos, burritos, or salads.



  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or bone broth
  • cilantro, garnish


  1. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, add chicken breast, diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, red onion, white wine vinegar, lime juice, and seasonings. Stir well until combined.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 4-5 hours or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker to a plate. Shred the chicken with 2 forks or a hand mixer. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes longer. Serve warm.


  • Shred the chicken using two forks or a stand mixer. Turn the mixer on medium until chicken is shredded.
  • If you are short on time, use 2 tablespoons of your own taco seasoning. I recommend this one.
  • Storage- store in a glass food storage container for up to 5 days. Freeze up to 3 months in a freezer safe container. Make sure to thaw in the fridge before reheating.
  • Serve- serve shredded Mexican chicken as filling to hard taco shells, soft gluten-free tortillas, burritos, or on a taco salad.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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