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Close up shot of 4 shredded chicken tacos garnished with diced red onion and fresh cilantro

Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Kylie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


These slow cooker chicken tacos are healthy, tasty and almost too easy to make! Toss everything in the crock pot, come back a few hours later, shred the chicken and you're ready to sit down for dinner. 



For serving:


  1. Add salsa, cumin, chili powder, chiles in adobo and a pinch of salt and pepper to the slow cooker insert. Stir to combine. Then nestle chicken breast into the salsa mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and serve on flour tortillas with chipotle slaw, Pico de Gallo and fresh chopped cilantro.


Use an authentic, high quality salsa for the best flavor. In our house we love Herdez Roasted Tomato Salsa. It's loaded with tasty roasted tomato flavor and the ingredient list is short and easy to read which makes me happy!

If you're cooking with frozen chicken, follow the recipe directions below but add a 1/3 cup of water to the crock pot as well. Then plan to cook the chicken for 5-6 hours instead of just 4 hours.

If you double or triple this recipe, plan to increase the cook time by an hour or two at least. The more ingredients you've got in the crock pot, the longer the chicken will take to cook! You'll know it's done when it's completely cooked through and shreds easily.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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