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Slow-Cooker Chile-Orange Chicken Tacos
4 h 30 m
Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.
“A taco night favorite! Boneless chicken breasts cook low and slow in a chipotle-orange sauce until they're pull-apart tender, then are paired with a fresh avocado-orange salsa.”
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup frozen 100% orange juice concentrate
1 chipotle chile in adobo plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
2 cloves garlic
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup finely chopped white onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 avocado, chopped
12 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed
3 cups thinly sliced cabbage
1Place broth, orange juice concentrate, chipotle, adobo, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
2Place chicken in a 4-qt. or larger slow cooker and season with salt. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on Low until the chicken is tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork, 4 to 5 hours.
3Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let cool slightly.
4Carefully transfer the cooking liquid to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to ¾ cup, about 15 minutes. Return the sauce to the slow cooker.
5Meanwhile, prepare salsa: Zest orange, then peel; chop the segments. Mix onion, cilantro, lime juice, the orange zest, and the chopped orange in a medium bowl. Add avocado and toss gently until just combined.
6Using 2 forks, shred the chicken. Return it to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the sauce. To serve, divide the chicken among tortillas and top with cabbage and the salsa.