This Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken is slowly cooked in the crock pot for 6-8 hours, making it tender and juicy. The sauce is smoky, spicy and a little bit sweet making this chicken perfect for adding to tacos, burritos, or Mexican salads.

Tender Crock Pot Pulled Chicken covered in sauce and served on a small tortilla.

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken - This chicken is super tender and is sweet, smoky and spicy.

I discovered this incredible Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken on Carlsbad Cravings about a year ago, and I instantly fell in love with the tender fall-apart chicken and the incredible smoky sauce it is cooked in. I made a few adjustments to make it a perfect fit for my household, and I have never looked back.

Since then, every time I make burritos or tacos (which is actually very often) I make this chicken. I especially love making it for company because, first of all, it’s a winner. Big time. It is the hero dish of the night every time.

But just as big of a factor is the whole throw it in a crockpot and forget about for half the day thing. I tend to go a little overboard with my dinner parties, then end up running around like a chicken with its head cut off for the last 30 minutes of prep. So if I don’t have to be constantly watching my chicken to ensure that it’s properly cooked but not overcooked and dry, then that is a pretty big deal to me. The fact that this is easy and acquires very little last minute attention make it one of my go-to dinner party recipes.

All the ingredients for this Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken in a crock pot. There's chicken breasts, jalapeños, brown sugar, tomato sauce, salsa, spices, and green chiles.

Just get up in the morning and throw everything together in the crockpot. I used frozen chicken breasts and put them into the crock pot still frozen solid. Then, drizzle on some olive oil, and pour in your salsa, tomato sauce, green chilis, jalapenos, brown sugar, and spices.

All the ingrediants for this Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken mixed together and ready to be cooked in a crock pot.

Then, cover the crock pot and let the chicken cook on low for 6-8 hours. Your house, and maybe even your backyard, will smell incredible, like smoked chicken and a Mexican feast.

Flip your chicken breasts over about halfway into cooking, so the upside can get some time in the sauce too.

About an hour before dinner time, when the chicken has cooked for at least 6 hours (you can probably do 4 hours if starting with fresh chicken breasts), take them out of the pot and use two forks to shred them. Then throw that chicken back in the crockpot, mix it together with the sauce, and cook on low for one last hour. This helps the chicken really soak up the sauce and flavor.

Finally, you can serve this smoked, pulled, super easy, crock pot cooked, hero chicken. If you have lots of excess sauce you can drain that away, then serve!

Shredded Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken in the crock pot and sitting in it's own spicy sauce.

Easy Crock Pot Pulled Chicken

Yields: 6 servings


  • 2lb chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 1 chopped jalapeño
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot, and drizzle the olive oil.
  2. Add in all  of the remaining ingredients and stir slights to combine
  3. Cover the crock pot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  4. Remove cooked chicken from the crock pot and pull apart using two forks. Place pulled chicken back into the crock pot and stir together with the sauce.
  5. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 1 hour
  6. Drain excess liquid and serve.

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