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Southwestern Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

My recipe is sweet, a little tangy, rich with tomatoes, and has a bit of a bit of a kick to it, thanks to one chipotle pepper in adobo. It gets its Southwestern flair from cumin, chili powder, and coriander
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled chicken recipe, slow cooker southwestern pulled chicken, southwestern chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 225kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce from a can, chopped


  • Put the chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker. Scatter the onion over the chicken.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic, brown sugar, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and chipotle pepper, and stir well. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook on low until the chicken thighs are pierced easily with a fork, about 8 hours. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.7g | Protein: 32.5g | Fat: 5.5g | Sodium: 634mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 6.3g