You know that day when you are going to be busy from sun-up until midnight, and you just don't have time to cook but have to figure out some way to feed your family? Those are days when a tasty meal like slow cooker chicken fajitas comes in handy! Throw this together in minutes and enjoy a delicious meal your whole family will love.
Why This Recipe?
After you've enjoyed your fajitas, you can use the leftover chicken for tortilla soup, sandwiches, and more. The leftovers from this meal are so handy to have in the fridge.
Satisfy your craving for Mexican food without going to an expensive restaurant. Fajitas are a meal your family will ask for over and over again.
Start this dish early in the day when you have a little bit of free time and come back to a supper that's quick to serve. That's perfect for busy days, busy weeknights, or whenever you would be tempted to hit the drive-thru.
How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Grab ten minutes early in your day and layer the ingredients for this dish in a crockpot. Come back six hours later and supper will be ready! You can add store-bought shredded cheese, tortillas, sour cream, and salsa at the table with zero extra prep work. Here are the directions.
- Slice chicken breasts in half if they are really thick.
- Add a layer of peppers and onions to the bottom of the crockpot.
- Place chicken on top.
- Add taco seasonings, chicken broth, garlic, and any of the additional options you would like.
- Cool on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Red Bell Pepper. Sliced
Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper. Sliced.
Green Bell Pepper. Sliced.
Red or Yellow Onion. Sliced.
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast. Cut each one in half.
Garlic. Real garlic. Two cloves diced.
Optional Additions to the Crock Pot
Lime. You can use the juice of one lime or use lime from a bottle of juice.
Canned Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles. Drained.
Ingredients for Serving
Flour Tortillas. As an alternative, you could serve this dish over rice.
Shredded Cheese. Optional.
Sour Cream. Optional.
Time Saving Tips
If you are unsure about if the chicken is gone try to shred it with two forks. If it doesn’t easily come apart you’ll need to cook it until it’s more tender.
Pour off the juice once it’s done cooking.
How long do you cook chicken fajitas in the slow cooker?
It will take about six hours of cooking time to get the chicken just right for shredding. If you test the chicken and it doesn't pull easily, increase the cooking time. Extra time in the slow cooker may dry the meat out a bit but overall will not hurt the dish.
Can I make this in my pressure cooker?
Absolutely! Same basic recipe but you can set the pressure cooker to 30 minutes on high pressure. Make sure there is half a cup of chicken broth in the bottom before you start.
What should I do with the leftovers?
Leftover slow cooker fajita chicken can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat it in the microwave or in a skillet and serve it over rice or tortillas. You can also use the chicken to make sandwiches or a delicious chicken tortilla soup.
If you wish to freeze the leftovers, I would only freeze the meat as the vegetable ingredients will start to get mushy and unappetizing.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Fajita Chicken
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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- ½ red bell pepper sliced
- ½ yellow or Orange bell pepper sliced
- ½ green bell pepper sliced
- ½ red or yellow onion sliced
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut in half
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- FOR SERVING
- flour tortilla
- shredded cheese optional
- sour cream optional
- guacamole optional
- Juice of 1 lime
- 10 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chiles drained
- Slice chicken breasts in half If really thick.
- Add a layer of peppers and onions to the bottom of the crock pot.
- Place chicken on top
- Add taco seasonings, chicken broth, garlic and any of the additional options.
- Cool on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours
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