Slow Cooker Spicy Shredded Chicken


This recipe is a combination of several different Mexican shredded chicken recipes I've tried over the years. Delicious in burritos, tacos, and enchiladas--put it in the slow cooker and forget about it! Spicy, bold, flavorful!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 5 mins
16 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup chunky salsa

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 4 pounds frozen chicken breasts


  1. Combine tomato sauce, salsa, garlic, salt, chili powder, hot sauce, lime juice, cayenne, oregano, coriander, cinnamon, and bay leaves in a slow cooker; stir to combine.

  2. Layer chicken breasts on top, ensuring they are coated in sauce on both sides.

  3. Cook on High until chicken is fork tender and no longer pink in the center, about 5 hours.

  4. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred into tiny pieces with 2 forks. Return to the slow cooker. Heat on Low or Warm for 2 more hours.

  5. Strain any excess liquid before serving. Serve hot.

Cook's Note:

For a less spicy dish, omit the hot pepper sauce, use a mild salsa, and reduce the chili powder to 1 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
3g Fat
2g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 305mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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