Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas are a delicious and easy Mexican weeknight meal with fresh citrus, jalapeƱos, oregano, onions, and cumin that we crisp up in a skillet for the perfect carnitas!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 346 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 yellow onion , cut into wedges
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 orange , juiced
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1 lemon , juiced
  • 1 jalapeno , deseeded and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
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  1. Add the onions to your slow cooker, then top with the chicken (skin side up).

  2. Add the chicken broth, orange juice, lime juice and lemon juice.

  3. In a bowl mix the salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and sprinkle it all over the chicken.

  4. Cover and cook for on high for 6 hours.

  5. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and remove the skin and bones before shredding with a fork.

  6. Add half of your vegetable oil to your skillet on medium high heat with half the chicken and allow to crisp for 3-4 minutes before flipping and cooking 3-4 minutes.

  7. Repeat with remaining vegetable oil and remaining chicken before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 771mg34%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 201IU4%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.