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Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Chicken

The juiciest Chili Lime Pulled Chicken recipe is made in a slow cooker, so you can set it and forget it! Great for sandwiches, rice bowls, or by itself.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, pulled chicken, Slow cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Jordan




  • Heat a heavy bottom pan, like a cast iron, on medium-high heat with 1 tbsp olive oil. **Searing the chicken is OPTIONAL, but it does help to lock in moisture and will speed up cook time**
  • Combine the paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder in a small mixing bowl. Then add the seasoning mixture to the chicken evenly on both sides.
  • Sear the chicken on each side for 1-2 minutes. Then line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onion. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and top with lime zest and juice, cook on high for 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can cook it on low for 4-5 hours.
  • When chicken is ready, remove from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker with juices, and cook on low for an additional 15-20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker with tongs or a slotted spoon and serve!


*For more flavor, try seasoning and then searing the chicken breasts in a cast iron for 2-3 minutes on each side before placing in the slow cooker


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1446IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg