Slow-Cooker Chicken Carnitas
Sunday meal prep never tasted so good! This works great in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, bowls and more.
30 Minutes Prep
3 Hours 30 Minutes Total
- Traditional carnitas is made from pork shoulder, braised in lard. We made it easier and more accessible by using chicken thighs and vegetable oil in the slow cooker. Fattier thighs are essential to creating succulent, shreddable meat–chicken breasts would be too lean.
- For food safety, the meat must be at least 165°F, but for the most tender meat, aim for an internal temperature of 185 to 195°F.