Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Chicken Soft Tacos

Posted by aMusingFoodie in Blog, meals for moms on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

I was recently blessed with a new slow cooker after winning second place in a food photography contest (go me!), which is what inspired this recipe. It would have worked just fine in my old slow cooker, with its simple settings of “4,6,8,10 and warm.” But this slow cooker lets me do all sorts of cool functions, like program a specific time, and roast things. Roasting…in a slow cooker?! Stop it.

These simple tacos are a breeze for a workday, throw the thighs into the slow cooker frozen and pour the marinade on, then let it slowly cook away while you’re at the office. Then, dinner on the table in no time!

Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Chicken Soft Tacos

Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 6-8 hours; Serves: 4


  • 5 frozen chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 1 bottle plain barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 Clementines, juiced and zested
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 8 soft tortillas


In a medium bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice and zest, Clementine juice and zest, garlic salt, pepper and onions. Place the frozen chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker, then pour the marinade over top – turning the chicken once to fully coat. Lay the carrots and garlic on top of the chicken, then cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low for up to 8 hours.

Before you’re ready to eat, take the chicken out of the slow cooker, discard the skin, and remove all the meat from the bones (it will fall off). Use a fork to shred it a little, then put the chicken back into the slow cooker and let it continue simmering for about 15 minutes.

Serve with the remaining sauce, shredded cabbage, warm tortillas – and “yum yum sauce” if your grocery store is awesome.

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About Liza Hawkins

With her down-to-earth approach to food, and a dash or two of snark, Liza enjoys eating, reading, cooking, dining and writing on a daily basis. By day, she's an insurance professional, by night she gracefully (or not sometimes) barrels through life keeping up with her blog (a)Musing Foodie, other freelance writing jobs, non-profit work, Twitter and Facebook, her kids, her husband, and whatever else happens to fill her plate. Read her blog here:

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