You’re super busy, the weather is cold, and the desire for comfort food is strong. It’s the perfect time of year to bring out your slow cooker! We found this easy and healthy slow cooker chicken carnitas recipe on accordingtoelle.com. Not only can you enjoy it solo, try serving it over rice or greens with a side of veggies for a complete meal. SERVES: 8 (4-ounce portions)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you like a little kick!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast and thigh meat (preferably 1 pound of each)
1/2 cup orange juice (from about 1 medium orange)
1/2 cup beer
2 limes, juiced
In a small bowl, combine minced garlic and all of the spices. Rub chicken, first with olive oil and then spice mixture, and transfer meat to slow cooker. Add orange, beer and lime juice, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 3-4 hours.) Remove chicken from liquid and shred (two forks works well–but fingers work great if you have time to let it cool first), reserving the liquid.
Set broiler to high with rack in center of oven. Transfer shredded chicken to a broiling pan, adding back 1/3 cup of liquid to meat and broil for 5 minutes on high. Remove pan, add another 1/3 cup liquid and stir (or flip) chicken to brown other side. Broil for another 5 minutes until edges have browned. When done, add remaining liquid back until desired moistness is reached.