Slow-Cooker Chicken Carnitas

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
  • 12 Servings

Expert Tips

  • 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.


1 Serving: Calories 180 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 90mg; Sodium 310mg; Potassium 220mg; Total Carbohydrate 5g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 20g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 2%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat, 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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