Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Welcome to your new weeknight warrior recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos! Imagine coming home to the tantalizing aroma of tender chicken breast perfectly seasoned with zesty lime juice, robust garlic and a melody of spices, all enveloped in your favorite salsa.

This foolproof recipe transforms simple ingredients into a mouthwatering feast with minimal effort. Just set it, forget it, and let the slow cooker work its magic. By dinner time, you’ll have succulent shredded chicken ready to be tucked into warm taco shells and garnished with your choice of toppings.

Whether it’s a bustling family evening or a casual get-together with friends, these Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos promise a delicious, stress-free meal that everyone will adore. Find out how you can make this dream dinner a reality below!

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos Recipe

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos offer a mouth-watering, easy-to-prepare meal that is perfect for a busy weeknight. This recipe serves six and each serving contains approximately 433 calories. When following the Nutrisystem program, be sure to count it as two SmartCarbs, two PowerFuels and one Extra.

Nutritious Ingredients for Shredded Chicken Tacos

To create the succulent shredded chicken, you’ll begin with the following ingredients: one cup of your favorite salsa, two cloves of minced garlic, the juice of one lime, and a blend of spices including one teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder, and a half teaspoon of black pepper. These components are combined in a slow cooker, ensuring that the flavors meld beautifully.

Slow Cooker Magic: Simple Steps for Perfect Chicken

Once your mixture is ready, add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker, giving them a good stir to coat them with the seasoned salsa. Set your slow cooker to low and allow the chicken to cook on low for seven to eight hours; if you’re short on time, cooking on high for three to four hours is just as effective. After cooking, the chicken will be perfectly tender and ready to shred.

Build Your Perfect Taco: Toppings and Assembly

For assembling your tacos, you have a variety of delicious toppings to choose from. Prepare 12 whole wheat fajita tortillas or opt for hard taco shells if you prefer a crunch. Add a layer of shredded iceberg lettuce, a generous spoonful of pico de gallo, a sprinkle of chopped cilantro, a dollop of light sour cream, and a handful of reduced-fat Mexican cheese. Don’t forget a scoop of guacamole to finish each taco with a creamy touch.

Enjoy Your Homemade Shredded Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

With these Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos, you’re all set for a delectable meal that combines convenience with flavor, making your dinner time both relaxing and enjoyable.

Versatile Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken: Beyond Tacos

The beauty of this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is its versatility. While it makes for fantastic tacos, there are numerous other delicious ways to incorporate this tender, flavorful chicken into your meals. Here are a few creative ideas to inspire your next culinary adventure:

Chicken Burrito Bowls

Swap out the taco shells for a base of cooked rice or quinoa to create hearty burrito bowls. Layer your slow cooker chicken on top and add black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and a scoop of guacamole. A sprinkle of shredded cheese and a drizzle of sour cream complete this satisfying dish.

Chicken Enchiladas

Use the shredded chicken as a filling for enchiladas. Roll the chicken in corn tortillas, place them in a baking dish, and cover with enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake until bubbly for a comforting meal that’s sure to please.

Chicken Salad

For a lighter option, mix the shredded chicken with a little mayonnaise, yogurt or avocado, then add your choice of add-ins like onions, scallions or nuts. Serve it on a bed of greens, in a wrap or on whole grain bread for a refreshing lunch.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Give your chicken a tangy twist by mixing it with BBQ sauce. Serve the BBQ chicken piled high on a soft bun with coleslaw and pickles for a touch of crunch and extra flavor.

Chicken Pizza Topping

Elevate your homemade pizza night by using the shredded chicken as a topping. Spread your favorite pizza whole wheat pizza dough with a base of sauce, add the chicken, onions, bell peppers and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. Then bake until golden.

These ideas show just how flexible this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken can be, making it a fantastic choice for meal planning and ensuring nothing goes to waste. Note that the shredded chicken (without the taco shells and toppings) contains 110 calories per serving and counts as just one PowerFuel. Be sure to refer to the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for more information on counting ingredient swaps and add-ins. Enjoy experimenting with different dishes and flavors!

Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 433

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 SmartCarbs, 2 PowerFuels and 1 Extra


  • Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Taco Shells and Toppings
  • 12 whole wheat fajita tortillas or hard taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese, reduced fat
  • 1 cup guacamole


  1. Add salsa, garlic, lime juice and seasonings to a slow cooker. Mix well.
  2. Place chicken in the slow cooker and stir.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred the cooked chicken.
  5. Serve the chicken in taco shells or tortillas. Top with lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, cheese and guacamole.
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