Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos plus more Meal Ideas!

Ali Segersten Jul 20, 2009 23 comments

This past Thursday I had a cooking class. A dessert class to be exact. There is a lot to prepare the day of a cooking class. Not only do I need to make sure I have all of my recipes printed and ready to go, I also need to pack up most of my kitchen to go with me. Then there is the shopping, class, and clean-up. But when there are children involved, and in my case, four of them, I also need to prepare dinner and make sure the house is in order for the babysitter.

And to top it all off, Tom was away in Washington DC attending a Functional Medicine Conference on restoring gastrointestinal equilibrium. Needless to say, he couldn't be there for the class like we had planned. I am sure his time was well spent though!
So dinner? Something easy, make-ahead sort of deal that doesn't require much effort for the sitter. My mind was spinning Thursday morning as to what to make. Bean Soup. No, too hot. Salmon and potatoes. No, too much timing and work for someone else to do. Okay, I got it. I'll slow cook chicken in the oven earlier in the day and shred it for tacos. Make brown rice, cut up cabbage and avocados. Set out tortillas. Done.
It worked and was delicious, though I didn't measure my amounts so my recipe below is just a guesstimate. Though I think with this type of recipe you can't go wrong. Just use your intuitions when measuring. It will be great! :)
We have been enjoying these for lunches the past few days. I added chopped napa cabbage, diced avocado, cherry tomatoes from our garden, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. I snapped these photos yesterday at lunchtime. Read below for more meal ideas.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Any idea what the macros are for this dish? Like the nutrition facts that are always on the back of things? Lol

Is ancho chile the dried one or the big, green fresh one? I want to make these for dinner tonight.

You may already be aware, these are not gluten free, as they use malted barley in the filtered water. GLuten free Mall pulled them as well. If you are sensitive to gluten, I would recommend you call the company, or google the information.
See below:
Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas are gluten-free and yummy! Hopefully you can find these where you live. :)

What can you do with the left over sauce?? I made the slow cooked chicken last night. The sauce is so flavorful, and there is so much left.
Can it be made into a soup? Any ideas?

Evaline - I have no idea what is going on with the search feature, it bugs me too! I do need to have someone technical look into it, thanks for the reminder. :)

Ali, I LOVE your recipe book and this site, but can something be done about the search feature? It barely works! I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but just now I searched from the main page for "taco" and got "no results"... yet here we are looking at a recipe for tacos!

Anyway, this one is one of my favorites, thanks so much for everything.

Cara - Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas are gluten-free and yummy! Hopefully you can find these where you live. :)

Hi Ali, Your tacos look yummy! I have a question though, what kind of tortillas do you use? I have been trying to find some good ones and I havent run into any I really like and that are gluten free. Thanks! Cara

We made your slow cooked chicken tacos for dinner tonight. I've been reading your blog for awhile but hadn't tried any recipes. We ended up making a modified version. My 4 year put his palm down on the hot burner while I was blending the chili mixture. In tending his burn the can of tomatoes wasn't getting opened nor the onion getting diced. So I just threw the chili belnd on the chicken (we used organic thighs) and put it in the oven so that dinner would be ready in time for the older kids to make it to evening activiies. Everyone loved it! Even my 10 month old couldn't get enough. I think next time I will double or triple the recipe and freeze. I have a family of 7 so this is perfect for us. Thank you so much.

Hi Ali,
We made this the other night for guests - what a hit! I don't really like chicken all that much, but this was fabulous! So good that I'm making a second batch (sent all of my leftovers home with our guests) to freeze for those quick night meals (if it even makes it to the freezer). This is definitely going to be one of our regulars.

Thank you for this delicious recipe! I made it today using my crockpot and it turned out beautifully. We used the blue corn taco shells along with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and grated raw goat chedder. Thank you for your blog, recipes, and inspiring photography! R

Yum!!! Love the peppers mixed with the chicken. I think it tastes so much better to use the whole peppers like you did. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

I made the slow cooked chicken tacos and they were a hit! They were also so simple to make!! My boyfriend loved them so much that we had them for dinner two nights in a row and he's asking me when I'm going to make them again. Thanks for the great meal idea...It's simple and versatile. Many thumbs up!

Deb - Thanks for sharing your changes. This recipe would be a great thing to take to a party. :)

We made the slow cooked chicken toco's tonight. I am not kidding- these were unbelievable. We had a big family gathering and what a hit! The flavor was outstanding and so simple to make! I slow cooked about 3.5 pounds for about 3 hours and it was tender and shredded easily.
This will be a great party meal and I like the crock pot suggestion too.
Thanks Ali

Eagle Loft - Your recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Stir-Fry looks delicious. I like the soy-free sauce you did there. Thanks for sharing! :)

All Adither - Thanks, sounds like you have a number of foods that need to be kept out of the house. I am glad I have recipes here that can help. :)

Pam - Yes, easy is key here. And tasty to boot! :)

Dot - Thanks, I am so glad you enjoyed them! :)

Jenna - I would love to hear how these turn out in the crock pot. Enjoy!

Joyce - Oh I bet grilled corn would be delicious with these. Enjoy!

Melissa - Tacos are an easy meal and there are so many yummy versions. :) I have never made flageolet beans before. Hmm, now I am curious, I will check them out. I will post a few of the great things that Tom learned at the conference soon. Thanks! :)


Aaah, this looks soo good and I love that high chair photo! I enjoy different versions of tacos and it's a great way to use shredded cabbage.

I cook a pot of beans periodically as well. Have you ever made flageolet beans? I have a bag and think I'll cook them up this weekend. I've never had them before.

Anyway, great post, Ali. You've inspired me to make tacos. Wish I had gone to that Functional Med Conference in DC. It sounded like a good one. I also wish I could attend one of your cooking classes! You come up with some good recipes.

Ali and Tom,

Thanks for these meal ideas, I like easy. Will try the chicken tacos later in the week. Grilled corn on the cob would go well with them. For us, sliced cooked chicken breast on top of greens is an easy meal. We do a lot of salads and grilled meats, especially this time of year.

Yum, I just love the flavor of the ancho chili! I will try this in my crock pot sometime-thanks Ali :)

The tacos are delicious and easy! Now I don't have to use those disgusting pre-package spice packets for tacos! Yay!!! Thank you, Ali!!

Those taco's look really good and easy!

So glad to have found your blog. My daughter was just diagnosed with celiac and, to top it off, my son is severely allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and treenuts.

Your recipes look great. I've bookmarked you and I'll be back often.

Angie (from over at

Ali, thanks for these great meal ideas. It is nice to have a few stand-by recipes that you can make in a pinch.

My recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Stirfry is great for using up an assortment of veggies that you have on hand and can be made in 15 minutes (although the brown rice that I serve it with takes longer or needs to be made ahead).

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