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Slow Cooker Carnitas Style Chicken

This chicken is great on top of salads, in burritos, burrito bowls and tacos.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 215 kcal


  • 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a few dashes ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 juniper berries
  • juice from one orange
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except oil in slow cooker, mixing well to coat chicken with spices. Cook on high for 4-5 hours until tender. Remove from slow cooker and cool; shred or cut into bite size pieces. When ready to serve, heat oil in skillet and cook chicken pieces until browned and a little crispy.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Melissa d'Arabian's recipe.

223 calories/4 freestyle points per serving (made with boneless, skinless chicken thighs)

215 calories/0 freestyle points per serving (made with boneless, skinless chicken breast)

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Carnitas Style Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 674mg19%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.