Chicken Carnitas Style is a lightened up version of Chipotle Mexican Grill Pork Carnitas, and this can be made in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot! Serve as traditional carnitas with rice and beans, or serve with cauliflower rice or low-carb tortillas for a low-carb Taco Tuesday meal.
When she created this recipe for 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.
And Jeanette has chicken carnitas style for the slow cooker or the Instant pot, so you can take your pick on the method used to cook the chicken. Serve this tasty chicken with rice and beans as shown for a traditional Mexican meal, or if you want a lower-carb option serve as tacos in low-carb tortillas, or skip the beans and serve the chicken over cauliflower rice with your favorite Mexican toppings! Either way you cook it, this will be a tasty dinner that won’t heat up the kitchen!
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
- juniper berries
- juice of one orange
- olive oil
Which version of Chicken Carnitas Style will you make?
Get the complete recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas Style from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.
Get the complete recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Style from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.
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