Friday, May 1, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style from Jeanette's Healthy Living

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style is a lightened up version of Chipotle Mexican Grill Pork Carnitas.

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style
(Photo from Jeanette's Healthy Living)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this recipe for chicken cooked carnitas style would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!)

When she created this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style, Jeanette from Jeanette's Healthy Living was thinking of her son who loves the pork carnitas burrito at Chipotle Mexican Grill, but she wanted a lighter recipe with less fat, and definitely not using the lard that Chipotle lists as one of their ingredients.  I love the attention to detail used here to duplicate the flavor of carnitas while using chicken thighs, even down to frying the meat before serving for those crisp edges that make pork carnitas so good.

Ingredients for this recipe:
  • Boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme
  • ground cumin
  • bay leaf
  • ground cayenne pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • juniper berries
  • juice of one orange
  • olive oil

Get complete instructions for Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style from Jeanette's Healthy Living.

More Ideas for Mexican Chicken in the Slow Cooker:
Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker (Recipe Collection) 
Chicken and Pinto Bean Burrito Bowl from The Perfect Pantry
Chicken Chile Verde from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chicken Enchilada Soup from Skinnytaste
Chicken Enchilada Soup from Tasting Spoons
Chicken Enchiladas from Skinny Ms.
Chicken Fajitas from Kalyn's Kitchen
Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans and Corn from Cookin' Canuck
Chicken Tostadas from Taste and Tell
Chicken Burrito Bowls with Avocado Cream Sauce from 365 Days of Slow Cooking 


  1. It's the crispy little edges that make this dish special! I love the chicken adaptation.

  2. Lydia me too; I think Jeanette hit it out of the park on this one!


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