Pulled Chicken Tacos in a Slow Cooker

pulled chicken tacos on a plate

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Pulled chicken made in a slow cooker sets you up for an easy and delicious taco night. Gets even better served with easy margaritas made in a Drinkworks Home Bar.



Dry spices:

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce (or an extra tbsp ketch if no BBQ on hand)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Chicken and other ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced jalapeño peppers, or more to taste
  • 8 ozs low sodium chicken broth

For the taco bar (select the items your crew likes!)

  • tortilla shells
  • hard tacos, heated
  • guacamole — linked to our recipe but store bought is OK
  • lettuce or baby spinach
  • salsa
  • shredded cheese


  1. Prep dry spices: Combine the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Prep the “sauce”: Combine the ketchup, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, orange juice and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add chicken: Place the chicken thighs at the bottom of the slow cooker. Spread the onion, garlic and jalapeño pepper over the chicken. Pour the chicken broth over the chicken.
  4. Add spices and sauce: Sprinkle the dried spices evenly over the chicken, then spread the sauce mixture over the chicken.
  5. Slow cook the chicken: After all the ingredients have been added, cover the slow cooker and set on low. Slow cook for 8 hours.
  6. Shred the chicken: After the chicken has cooked for 8 hours, use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken onto a platter. Using two forks, break the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  7. Keep chicken warm: Return the chicken to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the sauce. Cover, and keep the slow cooker on the “warm” setting as you assemble your taco bar.
  8. Set up taco bar: Place the desired taco bar ingredients on a table, kitchen island or counter. Put the taco shells, chicken (scooped into a bowl with a slotted spoon) and beans at the beginning of the lineup, with toppings like cheese and guac near the end.
  9. Make your tacos & enjoy: Individuals can create their own tacos with their desired ingredients. We recommend enjoying these pulled chicken tacos with an easy margarita made in a Drinkworks Home Bar!


  • Nutritional info for the pulled chicken only; doesn’t include other items on the taco bar.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop the finished pulled chicken into a bowl, draining excess liquid over the slow cooker before putting it in the bowl. Too much liquid with the chicken can make for messy tacos!
  • Our son is just warming up to spices so we went lightly on the jalapeños. Increase the quantity for more heat!
  • Nutritional information is for the pulled pork, doesn’t include the tacos bar items as we assume you will mix and match based on what you like.
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