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Shredded slow cooker enchilada chicken with tomato sauce in a black crockpot on a white background.

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken

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This easy recipe for shredded chicken for enchiladas is totally simple, completely delicious and the perfect weeknight crockpot recipe. Plus this chicken recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Chicken Breast, Crockpot, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 6
Calories 192


  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Hot sauce optional


  • Add the sliced onions, tomato sauce, salt, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  • Nestle the chicken into the slow cooker, making sure it is well covered by the tomato mixture.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7, until the sauce has thickened, the onions are soft, and the chicken is falling apart.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  • Add the lime juice and additional salt if desired. Serve warm, adding hot sauce to taste.


Nutrition information calculated using chicken breasts.
Be sure to use canned tomato sauce in this recipe. Diced or whole tomatoes will not work well. Tomato sauce brands are very inconsistent from thin to thick, so if you want a thicker sauce add less tomato sauce.
To make this in your pressure cooker, try this recipe for instant pot enchilada chicken.
For more ingredients & modifications, see full blog post above.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg