March 12, 2013

Recipe: Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken

In searching for slow cooker recipes recently, I ended up with this.  I found a recipe a while back (wish I could remember where!) that was not a slow cooker recipe, but just a normal oven-cooking recipe. It had some differences aside from the cooking method, but it gave me the inspiration for this slow cooker recipe. I have done it twice now, and it has been really delicious both times. The crappy cell phone pic truly does not do it justice.

The first time I made it I used a store-bought can of enchilada sauce. It was great. The most recent time, however, I made my own enchilada sauce (which was super easy, by the way), and it was out of this world! One thing I like about this recipe is that it is very forgiving. I am giving you my best estimations of ingredients here; there is no "set" recipe. But, like I said, it seems to be very forgiving and adaptable.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken

Approx 1-2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 15oz can enchilada sauce (if you want to try homemade, I used one batch of this this recipe from!)
Shredded cheese
Sliced green onion
Tortillas (I use fajita size)

  1. Very forgiving recipe. I just approximate everything when I make it.
  2. Place 1-2 lbs worth boneless chicken breasts in crock pot.  I always just use frozen and it turns out fine. I use about 4 breasts or about 6-8 tenders, depending on size.
  3. Sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  4. Pour enchilada sauce over top.
  5. Cover and cook until chicken cooked and easy to shred. I do about 2-3 hours on high and then switch to low until time to eat, maybe 6 hours total, but this will just depend on the slow cooker.
  6. When chicken is done, remove to plate and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker.
  7. Sprinkle in some shredded cheese and stir in. I don't measure and just use a small handful.
  8. You can then use this for soft tacos, roll them up as burritos, or assemble enchiladas out of them. There should be enough sauce for this or you can add more at any time.  Great topped with the green onions.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and find ways to make it your own! Again, this is a very loose recipe, so do everything according to your taste, slow cooker settings, etc. And since I am typing this recipe from memory, please let me know if I have left out anything glaringly obvious. Enjoy!