Monday, October 24, 2011

Shredded Mexican Chicken

This dish was inspired when I was looking for a quick and easy meal that could feed a lot of people - my current go to dish if I'm having a party or going to one is to make a crock pot of Paleo friendly pulled pork.  If you're going to a non-paleo place you can bring along some small rolls and you can eat your pork and know that it's 100% Paleo and everyone is content.  I've been on a Mexican kick lately, had just bought a family pack of chicken and decided that I would tackle creating a slow cooked shredded chicken dish.

What I put in the crock pot (other than the chicken)

  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 jar of Trader Joe's Salsa Verde
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (no sugar added!)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 - 3 tsp Mexican chili powder
  • 2 - 3 tsp Cumin
  • 2-3 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Sprinkle of red pepper falkes (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
Add everything into a crockpot or slow cooker (chop the veggies please!) and then cook on low for 6 hours.  The result = some delicious shredded chicken!  It has a bit of heat, if you're not a cayenne pepper person you can sub a mild hot pepper or some red pepper flakes instead.  I'm sensitive to cayenne and felt like this packed a little heat, but others that ate it thought it was delicious!

What dinner looked like the first night
I ate it along with a plate full of sauteed kale, but you could also eat these in lettuce wraps.  If you do dairy, some cheese on top would have been delicious, also a bit of guacamole or diced avocado on top would be a nice cooling complement to the slight heat of the Mexican chicken.


  1. The picture shows chicken broth, but it's not listed among the ingredients. Is it used in this recipe? This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it! --Meg B.

  2. @Meg B - yes I added between a 1/2c to 1c of chicken broth when I made this so it wasn't too dry. I update the recipe, thanks for the catch!