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Mexican Shredded chicken in red Dutch oven on butcher block

Mexican Pulled Chicken

Mexican Shredded Chicken in a Mexican red sauce is so versatile and easy to make with only a few simple ingredients!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
4 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 161kcal


Chicken and Sauce

  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (7-ounce) can Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes with chilies
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Salt to taste

Toppings for Mexican Shredded Chicken

  • avocados sliced
  • ripe mango chopped
  • full-fat sour cream
  • salsa Medium


Cook Chicken in Dutch Oven

  • Place the sauce ingredients into a Dutch oven. Place the chicken breasts into the sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the cover on the Dutch oven and cook in the oven for 2 hours.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and place the chicken, one breast at a time on a plate. Use two forks to pull the chicken and shred it. Place the shredded chicken back into the Dutch oven.
  • Place the Dutch oven back into the oven and lower the temperature to 250 degrees F. Cook for another 2 hours to marry the flavors.
  • To thicken the sauce, put the entire pot on the stovetop and cook over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and stir with a wooden spoon as it simmers. The sauce will thicken in about 5 minutes.

Cook Chicken in Slow Cooker

  • Place the sauce ingredients into a slow cooker. Place the chicken breasts into the sauce.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and continue to cook on low for another 2 hours for the flavors to marry.


Find canned Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce in the Hispanic foods aisle.
They will break up as the cook. Should you want a little less pop of spice, remove any that are still whole after the cooking process.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg