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Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas on a bright blue plate with a lime wedge

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas are so easy that anyone can make them! Broiling them after removing from the slow cooker makes them lightly browned, a little crispy, and extra delicious. Perfect for tacos, burritos, salads, and burrito bowls!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, chicken, slow cooker, slow cooker chicken carnitas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 cups
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  • 2 lbs chicken breast, raw
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced into rings
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth, low sodium
  • juice of two limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp coarse kosher salt (reduce by half if using fine salt or table salt)
  • bay leaf
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers from the can (use 1 for less spice or 2 for more spice)
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers
  • cooking spray avocado or coconut oil spray will work best with high cooking temps.


  1. Place chicken breast in a slow cooker followed the rest of the ingredients on the list except for cooking spray. Stir together well and set slow cooker to low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

  2. When the chicken is done gently pull apart the cooked chicken breast, but do not shred. Spread out onto a sheet pan that's been lined with aluminum foil and then sprayed with cooking spray.

  3. Remove about 3/4 of cooking juices from the slow cooker and pour all over the top of the chicken. Spray the top of the chicken with a little bit more of cooking spray.

  4. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until you get lightly browned edges on the chicken.

    Serve with tacos, burritos, salads, or burrito bowls! Enjoy!

  5. optional: sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and squeeze with extra lime.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 5 cups. 

WW Green: 2 Points for 1/2 cup | WW Blue: 0 Points for any amount | WW Purple: 0 Points for any amount 

115 calories | 1g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 1.5g fiber, 0g sugar, 0g added sugar, 28.6g protein