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Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: mexican


Slow Cooker Carnitas Style Chicken is an easy weeknight Mexican dinner recipe. Eat these in a burrito bowl, on a tortilla, or just on their own!


  • 1.5 lb boneless chicken breast-about 4 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 small or 1 large orange
  • 2 limes


  1. Combine cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder and oregano in a small bow.
  2. Rub mixture over the chicken breasts and place into a slow cooker.
  3. Top the meat with garlic and onion.
  4. Halve limes and oranges and squeeze juice over meat and place fruit on top of the meat.
  5. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  6. Shred chicken with two forks and allow to sit in juices for 20-30 minutes before serving for more moist carnitas.
  7. Serve with favorite toppings over rice or in taco shells or tortilla.

Keywords: carnitas, chicken, slow cooker, crock pot,