ADVERTISEMENT

SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN

ADVERTISEMENT

SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN



Look, friends there are two things I need to tell you about this recipe for cilantro lime chicken:

(1) It’s cooked in the slow cooker and takes, like 10 minutes to prep maybe 15 if you have a toddler hanging onto your feet or you are rocking some morning coffee while you prep or you just DGAF and feel like takin’ it easy no shame. 


ADVERTISEMENT
(2) It’s the best freaking taco chicken you will ever cook yes truly cameron declared it such, and given that he is a taco connoisseur of the highest echelon I’m just going to take him at his word and for what it’s worth I totally agree with his assessment but sometimes third party validation is necessary especially when donning titles like “best” and “restaurant quality”. 

(3) I lied three things you will gladly eat this chicken for days, and so will your children if mine did yours will too Therefore, your future self will thank you if you just double up on the sauce pour it over some extra chicken and tuck that little miracle into the freezer for safe-keeping.




ADVERTISEMENT
Seriously you will adore this recipe for all of the aforementioned reasons and also because you are
and you like really real really delicious food. 

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN




ADVERTISEMENT
Chicken breasts are one of the most popular cuts of meat but I often find them dry and bland unless they have been properly brined or marinated enter the magic of the slow cooker which solves our dry chicken problem with easy and elegance chicken breasts are slow cooked in a slightly spicy sauce until juicy and infused with flavor lime juice and salt tenderize the chicken as it cooks and the result is restaurant-quality cilantro lime chicken that will transform you into a weeknight dinner super hero.

Make the crock pot sauce. 




ADVERTISEMENT
You will need olive oil, lime juice, chicken broth, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Hold off on the cilantro for now it’ll lose all its tang if you toss it in at the start and that would be so very sad. 

Dump all the sauce ingredients into a food processor and blend it up. 




ADVERTISEMENT
Nestle some chicken breasts on the bottom of your crock pot in single layer pour the sauce over the chicken. 

For best results cook on low for eight hours. 

Crack open the lid savor the aroma and appreciate how super tender and juicy that chicken is.


ADVERTISEMENT
Shred the chicken using two forks, then add a couple generous handfuls of chopped cilantro toss the cilantro into the shredded chicken then faceplant into that perfectly seasoned/spiced/tangy goodness.  

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN



This cilantro lime chicken is a weeknight workhorse and there are so many ways to stuff it into your face. Here are my faves:


ADVERTISEMENT
  • Stuff it into a taco and top with queso fresco and avocado no other fancy slaws or garnishes necessary
  • Make a Low Carb/Keto bowl with cauliflower Mexican rice, avocado and cojita cheese
  • Make an epic cilantro lime chicken salad shredded romaine, chopped tomatoes, grilled bell peppers, cilantro lime chicken and cilantro lime vinaigrette. 

SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN FAQ

ADVERTISEMENT
Can I use chicken thighs? Just make sure they are boneless and skinless and that you trim any visible fat first. 

Can I make this into a freezer meal? Yes definitely and totally encouraged place the chicken breasts into a gallon sized freezer bag pour the marinade over the chicken, press out the air, and seal store in the freezer for up to 2 months defrost in the fridge overnight, dump into the crock pot and cook on low eight hours or high four hours. 

Is the chicken spicy? Honestly not really the instructions call for seeding the jalapeno which removes most of the heat it has a kick but it won’t leave your mouth on fire. 

How can I make the chicken spicier? Keep some of the seeds from the jalapeno, double the jalapeno, and/or add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. 

Is this chicken healthy? Y’all know I’m not a fan of the term “healthy” so let’s just say that this recipe is most definitely clean no processed ingredients, no sugar or additives just a very short list of tasty whole foods it’s also low carb, Whole30, and gluten free, so if any one of those dietary persuasions is your thing you are totally covered we eat this for days and days on a Whole30 it’s that good.


Ingredients

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro

Instructions

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Place the chicken broth, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika and pepper into a food processor blend till the garlic and jalapeno are pulverized and the sauce is well incorporated.
  • Lay the chicken in a single layer in the crockpot pour the sauce over the chicken. 
  • Cover and cook on low for eight hours for best results or high for 4 hours.
  • Using 2 forks, shred the chicken add the cilantro to the chicken, and toss again. Serve immediately leftovers keep in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to two months. 


Nutrition Information


  • Calories: 266kcal (13%), 
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (1%), 
  • Protein: 34g (68%), 
  • Fat: 13g (20%), 
  • Saturated Fat: 2g (10%), 
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, 
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, 
  • Trans Fat: 0g, 
  • Cholesterol: 108mg (36%), 
  • Sodium: 691mg (29%), 
  • Potassium: 42mg (1%), 
  • Fiber: 0g, 
  • Sugar: 0g, 
  • Vitamin A: 250% (250%), 
  • Vitamin C: 9.1% (9%), 
  • Calcium: 20% (20%), 
  • Iron: 0.7% (1%)

Before You Go: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Recipes


ADVERTISEMENT

SHARE THIS

Share
Pin


No comments

Powered by Blogger.
ADVERTISEMENT