Spicy Shredded Slow Cooker Chicken


This slow cooker shredded chicken can be made with thighs or breasts. It's great in tacos, fajitas, or anything you want to put with it!

Spicy Shredded Slow Cooker Chicken
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup tomato paste, or to taste


  1. Place olive oil in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Mix chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.

  3. Rub chicken thighs with some of the spice rub and place in the slow cooker. Cover with chicken broth. Add remaining spice mixture and chipotle pepper in adobo and stir until incorporated. Mix in tomato paste.

  4. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the centers and juices run clear, on Low, 7 to 8 hours, or High, 4 to 5 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a thigh should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. When you're ready to serve, take chicken out and shred with forks. Place back in the sauce and toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to play with the spices depending on your tastes. You can alter it to make it as spicy, or not spicy as you want.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
15g Fat
9g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1363mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* 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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