Salsa Verde Pulled Chicken

Tacos for a crowd have never been easier! This slow cooker chicken recipe makes enough salsa verde-spiced pulled chicken for 16 tacos, so don't feel guilty about going back for seconds.

Salsa Verde Pulled Chicken
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
20 mins
16 sandwiches (4 cups chicken mixture)


  • 2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or thighs

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 recipe Tomatillo-Garlic Sauce

  • 16 flour tortillas or slider or cocktail buns, split and toasted

  • Sliced red onion, avocado, and/or Monterey Jack cheese

Tomatillo-Garlic Sauce

  • 1 16 ounce jar salsa verde

  • ¾ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Place chicken in a 3 1/2- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in broth and half of the Tomatillo-Garlic Sauce (chill remaining sauce). Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours or high 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

  2. Remove chicken from cooker and shred using two forks. Pour cooking liquid into a bowl. Return chicken to cooker. Stir in remaining sauce and, if needed, enough of the cooking liquid to moisten chicken.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, fill tortillas with chicken mixture. Top with onion, avocado, and/or cheese.

Tomatillo-Garlic Sauce

  1. In a blender or food processor combine salsa verde, cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, and cumin. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 6.9mg 34%
Calcium 224mg 17%
Iron 1.9mg 10%
Potassium 451mg 10%
Folate, total 58.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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