Spicy mexican shredded chicken

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This dish has become a weeknight staple anytime we’re craving tacos, burrito bowls, salads, enchiladas, và basically anything Mexican inspired.

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It’s easy, requiring just 1 pan and 30 minutes to make, và you likely have all of the ingredients you need on hand khổng lồ make this dinner happen like right now.

We even include three vegan-friendly options in the notes so everyone can join the fun. Shall we?


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How khổng lồ Make Shredded Chicken

To make shredded chicken, fully cook chicken breast(s) and shred intobite-size pieces with two forks. Shredded chicken can be prepared a number of ways, including:

boiling in water or broth then shreddingcooking in a slow cooker until tender then shreddingbaking then shredding

Our preferred method, however, is in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop because it’s fast, easy, and maximizes flavor.


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For seasonings, we went with classics lượt thích ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt for a balance of smoke & heat. When it comes to lớn spices, we don’t go light và basically coat the chicken in spices. What can we say? We like flavor.

Once the chicken is cooked to lớn an internal temperature of 165 F (74 C), shred into bite-size pieces using two forks, then add your chipotle pepper in adobo sauce và vegetable broth. Simmer briefly khổng lồ infuse even more flavor into the chicken.

Add a squeeze of lime juice for some acidity khổng lồ balance the salt and heat.


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We hope you love this chicken! It’s:

SmokyPerfectly spicedQuick và easy khổng lồ makeVirtually foolproofVersatile& Incredibly delicious

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How to make tender, shredded chicken in 1 pan và 30 minutes! Seasoned with Mexican-inspired spices for big flavor. Perfect for burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas, & more!
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CHICKEN1/2 tsp sea salt, divided1 tsp ground cumin, divided1 tsp smoked paprika, divided1 Tbsp avocado oil (or other neutral oil, or sub water)2 (~8 ounce) chicken breasts*, boneless skinless (and organic, pasture-raised when possible)2 Tbsp lime juice
While the pan is heating, add half of the salt, cumin, paprika, and chili powder to lớn one side of the chicken breasts so it’s evenly coated. There should be plenty of spices & you should barely be able lớn see the meat.

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Once hot, showroom oil lớn the pan. Then showroom the chicken, seasoned side down. Showroom the remaining spices và salt to lớn the unseasoned side of the chicken. Cook for 4 minutes.
Flip the chicken again and lower heat to low. đứng top with a lid but leave it slightly off-center/cracked so steam can escape. Cook until the center of chicken reaches 165 degrees F (74 C) — about 8-10 minutes.
You can flip the chicken a couple more times, but we find once khổng lồ be enough if you lower the heat adequately (to ensure the underside doesn’t burn).
Once the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat và use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-size pieces (go as finely shredded as you desire). Then địa chỉ cửa hàng the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, vegetable broth, & lime juice. Stir to lớn combine.
Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days (assuming your chicken was fresh), or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop và rehydrate with vegetable / chicken broth or water as needed.
*To keep this recipe vegan, we’d recommend subbing jackfruit (refer to this recipe for prep/cooking method), or a mixture of cooked lentils and shredded carrots (similar khổng lồ this recipe). You could also sub 1 block extra firm tofu, sliced in half & seasoned / grilled as instructed.*Chili powder should contain a mix of the following: chili powder, onion, garlic, cacao (optional), oregano, red pepper, cumin, cinnamon, & cloves. *Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
Serving: 1 servings Calories: 184 Carbohydrates: 2.9 g Protein: 26.4 g Fat: 6.9 g Saturated Fat: 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 80 mg Sodium: 504 mg Potassium: 49 mg Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 0.4 g vitamin A: 550 IU vi-ta-min C: 9.1 mg Calcium: 10 mg Iron: 0.9 mg