Looking for an easy dinner? Grab your crockpot and dig into this versatile Mexican Shredded Chicken!
Healthy dinners that are simple and easy-to-make are great. I love this recipe because I just have to throw all of the ingredients into a slow cooker, stir, and walk away. The slow cooker makes a delicious meal for my family while I’m busy doing other things.
Once the slow cooker is done, simply spoon chicken mixture over plain brown rice or cilantro-lime rice. Top with cilantro-lime sauce if desired. Yummy!
Mexican Shredded Chicken
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 2 cans 10-oz. Rotel fire-roasted diced
- 1 can tomatoes & green chilies undrained
- 2 cans 15-oz. black beans rinsed and drained
- 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- 1 jalapeno pepper small; finely diced
- 1½ Tbsp. hickory-flavored liquid smoke
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 limes quartered
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Unroll and add chicken thighs to bottom of a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
- Top with tomatoes, black beans, garlic, jalapeno pepper, liquid smoke, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Stir to combine, making sure the chicken thighs are coated and submerged in the liquid.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
- 30 minutes before done cooking, remove lid and shred chicken while in the slow cooker with two forks. Stir to combine shredded chicken with other ingredients.
- Cover and cook for remaining 30 minutes to allow chicken to absorb the flavors.
- Remove lid and squeeze fresh lime juice into the crock. Add cilantro and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
- To serve, spoon chicken mixture over plain brown rice or cilantro-lime rice. Top with cilantro-lime sauce if desired. Serve with remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!
Don’t skip the squeeze of fresh lime juice after cooking! It really brightens the
flavors and pulls them all together.