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Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

These Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas are the perfect easy dinner for any night of the week. Seasoned with lime juice, cilantro, and spices, this is a healthy meal option for busy families!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Isabel Eats


For the chicken carnitas

  • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1.5 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1.5 limes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For the tacos

  • 20 corn tortillas (or lettuce cups to make it grain-free and paleo)
  • 1 cup finely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 limes, cut into small wedges

Optional toppings

  • diced avocados
  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes


  • Add the chicken, cumin powder, garlic, salt, chili powder, brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice into the slow cooker. Mix together with a large spoon. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low for 6-8 hours) until chicken can easily be shredded with a fork.
  • Add in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice and chopped cilantro. Toss with chicken and taste. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve in warm corn tortillas (or in lettuce cups to make it grain-free/paleo) and with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos with corn tortillas)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 2tacos with corn tortillas | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.3mg