I put this together one day, wanting tacos, but I did not want ground beef. It is fast to make, as no slow cooker is needed. Serve warmed as a substitute for ground beef in tacos, and serve in a taco shell, with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, or other favorite toppings.

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place chicken breasts into a saucepan and pour in enough water to cover. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken meat is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes.

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  • Transfer chicken breasts to a bowl, allow to cool, and shred the chicken meat with 2 forks.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a small non-stick saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir onion until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Mix in the shredded chicken, cumin, chili powder, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is hot and the flavors have blended, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Recipe yields 3 servings. Feel free to double it. One pound of chicken is equivalent to 3 small chicken breasts. The sauce will coat the chicken, it will not be sitting in it just like traditional ground hamburger for tacos. If you like it a little saucier, add a spoon of tomato sauce at a time to your taste.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; 6.3 g total fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 175 mg sodium. 1.7 g carbohydrates; 29.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2012
I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a little more liberal with the spices as well. Everyone who ate the meat (I did not have any and neither did my Aunt who does not eat meat) said that it was very good. Out of a doubled recipe there's enough for one big lunch for my husband. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2013
Too bland as is. I had to add lots of other seasonings (like most reviews stated) to make it flavorful. Read More
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102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2012
I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a little more liberal with the spices as well. Everyone who ate the meat (I did not have any and neither did my Aunt who does not eat meat) said that it was very good. Out of a doubled recipe there's enough for one big lunch for my husband. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2012
I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a little more liberal with the spices as well. Everyone who ate the meat (I did not have any and neither did my Aunt who does not eat meat) said that it was very good. Out of a doubled recipe there's enough for one big lunch for my husband. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
This is an easy recipe to put together I used soft and hard tacos. I thought it needed more seasoning. I added garlic powder and 1tblsp. of chile powder This is probably a preference thing because I love extra spicy. Loved the idea of using chicken. Thay were very good and I will make these often. You have to give them a try!Thaks for this recipe Baker Bee Good one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
Definitely easy and not to mention very tasty! I love beef tacos but chicken is a great alternative. Plus this recipe is perfect for times when you want something simple and quick to put together. I cooked my onion in olive oil vs. vegetable oil and since I had "Seasoning for Tacos" from this site already made I used a little of that for seasoning. Delicious in warm soft or hard shell tacos with all the fixin's - shredded cheese chopped tomatoes shredded lettuce hot sauce and sour cream. Thanks for a great recipe Baker Bee! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2014
For best results follow the flavorings as suggested. It's meant to be simple! Then add additional heat or other flavorings as needed. I intended this to be quicker than 6 hour crock-pot recipes which was all I kept finding and mild enough for children or adults. It shreds very easily and works great in a hard shell taco with lettuce tomato and cheese. Not an authentic recipe for shredded taco chicken but a quick method for those pinched for time and want a healthier option in addition to or to serve with traditional ground beef. Thank you for trying my recipe and this very easy method of cooking shredded chicken! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2012
This was very tasty and super easy. I love chicken tacos. I changed the serving size to 12 I have 2 teen boys whose stomachs are bottomless pits these days. I cooked the chicken in the crockpot since it was going to be a busy day. Because I used a crockpot I seasoned the chicken with cumin chili powder chicken bullion garlic and some minced onion. Shredded the chicken up and then followed the rest of the cooking instructions. Served this with the usual toppings. Had enough to feed the boys and the rest of us with a little bit leftover for lunch. This makes awesome chicken quesadillas too! Family loved these. I'll be making this again. Thanks for the recipe Baker Bee:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2012
Delicious and easy. Changes I made were I added brown/white rice and salsa verde instead of tomato sauce since I didn't have any. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2012
This was very good! I had to make MASS (9 lbs of chicken!) amounts for our taco bar party and I had to figure out how to keep it warm. So I boiled the chicken meat and shredded it like directed but instead of simmering in the pot. I combined the seasonings onion and tomato sauce in the bottom of a slow cooker along with some garlic and a few splashes of chicken broth. I then added the shredded chicken and mixed it well. I While I prepared everything else I set my slow cooker on 3 hours on low and let it stay on warm to keep it heated. Turned out WONDERFUL! I had leftovers in which I made a vegetable & chicken soup out of. This is versatile and can be used in lots of different things not only some tasty tacos... Thanks Baker Bee!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
This easy recipe became the base for an instant family favourite. I use three chicken breasts (I don't know if they would qualify as small) a 15oz can of tomato sauce (we like our meat with suace) 1 heaping tsp of cumin and 1 tsp of chili powder (really I used an Ethiopian red pepper mix). I also added sea salt to taste. Very delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2012
This recipe is as easy as it gets! Followed recipe with the exception of adding salt to taste and more cumin and chili powder. Served with lettuce sour cream jalapeno peppers tomatoes and taco style cheese. I want to try this as an appetizer served in the Scoop shells. Thanks Sarah for sharing this great alternative to beef tacos. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2013
Too bland as is. I had to add lots of other seasonings (like most reviews stated) to make it flavorful. Read More
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