Delicious Pulled Chicken Taco Filling

This delicious pulled chicken taco filling is slowly simmered until the chicken falls apart, creating the most delicious taco filling you can imagine. Serve on taco shells with refried beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and cheese.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups fresh salsa

  • 6 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ½ medium lime, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 ½ cups water, or as needed


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat until hot. Add salsa; saute for 3 minutes.

  2. Add chicken thighs, brown sugar, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, thyme, black pepper, and cayenne. Add enough water to mostly cover the chicken; bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is tender and juices run clear, about 45 minutes. Add more water if the bottom of the pot starts to dry out.

  4. Remove chicken from the pot and shred with 2 forks. Return to the pot and mix with sauce to coat.

Cook's Note:

This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
14g Fat
28g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 1799mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 857mg 18%

* 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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