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March 13, 2018

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Chicken Carnitas

I’m craving Mexican food, and this Chicken Carnitas recipe is perfect!  I can prep in the morning by throwing everything in a slow cooker.  Then when I return home, the kitchen will smell heavenly and all I’ll need to do is shred the chicken and enjoy.

Chicken Carnitas

(Adapted from Closet Cooking)

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closet cooking

1 1/2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs

3/4 cup orange juice (~2 oranges)

1/4 cup lime juice (~2 limes)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 TBSP chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

12 small corn tortillas

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 cup cilantro, torn

salsa verde

2 limes, cut into wedges



Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeño peppers, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo (or chopped tomato), chopped black olives

Mix the OJ, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.IMG_1400

Place the chicken in the slow cooker along with the mixture of the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and cook on low until tender, ~ 6-8 hours.

Once the chicken is cooked (after 6-8 hours), shred the chicken, and mix in 1/4 cup of the juices.IMG_1403

Spread it all out in a single layer on a baking sheet, and broil until it starts to get crispy, about 5 minutes.IMG_1404

Assemble the tacos on the tortillas with the chicken carnitas along with the onions and cilantro, and serve with the salsa verde, lime wedges and additional toppings, if desired.

One thought on “Chicken Carnitas

  1. Nice recipe


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