I think that because the workweek can be such a drag for a lot of people, somebody out there has come up with little punctuations of certain days to make them seem more exciting. Sunday has become Sunday Funday, Wednesday is Hump Day or Winesday or Wingsday, depending on your flavor. Thursday is Friday Jr. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday. Friday is now Fri-yay. Monday is...just Monday as far as I know and I don't think anybody feels the need to emphasize Saturday because it's pretty well understood that it's fantastic. I'm not sure when all of these monikers came about (and am sure the food & beverage industry probably had something to do with a couple of them) but I tend to enjoy them all the same. As you might know, I love using my slow cooker aka crock pot, especially when entertaining (see this post), which is how I came to make this recipe for slow cooker spicy shredded chicken.
I first made this tender shredded chicken to pair with King's Hawaiian sweet rolls for sliders at my housewarming party a few months back. I then realized that it is also perfect for tacos so here we are with this recipe going up...on a Tuesday. 🙂 It's simple and fully customizable to your desired spice level. Just add your chicken, herbs, spices, and aromatics to your slow cooker and you can go to work, run errands, anything...then come home to chicken that turns into juicy, flavorful shreds at the touch of your fork! Just grab tortillas and fixins. It's perfect for an at-home Taco Tuesday situation or any other day you crave tacos, enchiladas, or quesadillas...which is every day for me. Because, Texas.
I hope your week has been great so far. Now, go ahead and get a jump on next Taco Tuesday with this slow cooker shredded chicken breast, friend. Thanks for reading!
Slow Cooker Spicy Shredded Chicken
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 chipotle pepper sliced
- ½ onion sliced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- red chili pepper to taste
- black pepper to taste
- sea salt to taste
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-4 hours. Cook times seem to vary depending on manufacturer.
- Using two forks, pull and chicken breasts to shred. The meat should shred easily.
justine @ sunnyinjune.com says
YUM! we always meal prep on sundays and on wednesdays and shredded slow cooker chicken is always on the menu. I got so tired of it though because I always made it the same! trying this this weekend... this sounds amazing in a lettuce wrap! <3
So many things you can do with a great shredded chicken recipe.
Yummy! I love using my crock pot and use it at least once a week all year long. This looks like it has the perfect amount of spice. I love having shredded chicken around to make quick meals because it also freezes so well.
Love this. Just pinned it so I can try it later! Working 10 hour shifts mean the crock pot is used a lot
This looks great for easy tacos or nachos! Thanks!
Chrissie @ One Hangry Mama says
This looks SO good. Saving it for later – going to put this in my weekly menu next week!
Jessica Kromer says
This looks great and easy to make for sandwiches, tacos or sprinkled over salads. Thanks for sharing!
Nostalgia Diaries says
Shredded chicken is my go to - it's so versatile and you can make it with so many different flavor profiles!
Andrea Wiener says
Oh man - i haven't used one of those slow cooker things in ages!
The chipotle and cilantro sound like a fantastic mix for shredded chicken! I'll be trying this on tacos, please!
Love shredded chicken...this sounds so yummy
This looks delicious! And I love anything that can be thrown in the slow cooker!!
Oh my goodness! Looks so yummy and so easy!
I love pulled chicken. I also love how easy it looks like it is to make this in the slow cooker! Those spices are amazing. I'm definitely going to try this!
Rachel R Ritlop says
yummm! making this tonight!
gotta love a good slow cooker recipe! this looks amazing
I made this and served it with warm corn tortillas and all of the fixings. It was perfect for Taco Tuesday!
This is currently in my slow cooker smelling way too good! Can't wait to get in!
Reginia Cordell says
There are so many things I could do with this. I could add a little BBQ or hot sauce to make a sandwich or wrap. My diet says I should put a bit on top of some lettuce and make a salad.
This is so good for filling enchiladas! Great recipe!
Tamara J. says
This recipe is so versatile! Made a batch and froze the leftovers to use another night. Thanks for sharing!
I love using my CrockPot! And I love how easy it is to prepare this chicken dish. I used this shredded chicken recipe as a topping for my baked nachos. It was delightful!
My husband loved this recipe! Plus it's super versatile. He's been adding it to everything!!!
Katrina Adams says
I love shredded chicken and Hawaiian rolls so I definitely want to try your recipe!!
Christy Hoover says
I love all of the pepper and cilantro sprinkled throughout this chicken. Such wonderful flavors throughout. Delicious!
Jayne Rain says
This is so yummy and spicy.