Crock Pot Fajitas

by Rebecca Dec 7th, 2010 // Dinner, Healthy, Recipes

Crock Pot Fajitas

Crock Pot Fajitas

Ok. I’ll admit it. I falling in love… with my crock pot. How did I live this long without one? And how did I not know you can make an entire chicken in a crock pot?

Crock Pot Fajitas

After reading review after review of whole chicken in a crock pot I realized that there were two main complaints about the outcome. 1) The skin falls off and is greasy to deal with and 2) Even though the chicken is moist and tender, the flavor is lost when the skin falls off. We solved this problem in one fowl swoop (pun intended) by cutting off the skin and doing a fajita rub directly on the bird.

Crock Pot Fajitas

My kid liked being responsible for setting the crock pot but he immediately complained that it didn’t sing a song like the rice cooker does. (Sorry to disappoint!) The chicken was amazing and I will never make fajitas another way again. Now for the recipe…

Crock Pot Fajita Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 4 to 5 hours (mostly unattended)

Ingredients:
3 to 4 pound whole chicken
1 packet fajita seasoning (or make your own)
1 onion, chopped
olive oil
1 lemon, cut in half
1 red pepper, julienned
1 orange pepper, julienned
whole wheat tortillas
shredded cheese (we used cheddar and jack)
sour cream
guacamole

Remove giblets and rinse chicken inside and out. Pat dry and use kitchen scissors to cut the entire skin off. Rub fajita seasoning all over chicken and place lemon slices inside. Line the bottom of your crock pot with onions and place chicken on top of onions. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top of the chicken and set the slow cooker on high for 1 hour. When the timer goes off, set the crock pot to low and cook for 3 to 4 hours. Just before the crock pot is done, saute peppers in 1 tablespoon olive oil until just soft. Set out the sour cream, cheese, guacamole and peppers. When the chicken is done, use your fork to pull off and plate chunks of meat. (It will fall right off the bone.) Warm your tortillas and serve. (Note: you can cook this chicken for 8 hours on low if you prefer to prep in the morning and leave it all day.)

Crock Pot Fajitas

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16 Comments on “Crock Pot Fajitas”

  1. 1.) Kelly
    December 7th, 2010

    I'm interested in getting a crockpot to help with getting dinner on the table. What size are you using?

  2. 2.) Susan
    December 7th, 2010

    My crockpot is indispensible on the the nights we go from school to activiities and aren't getting home until 6:00. I use it for italian beef, chili, stews, beef stroganoff and more. I don't have too many chicken dishes, but I'll give this a go! Thanks!

  3. 3.) Misty
    December 7th, 2010

    One of my favorite things about a crockpot is the amazing smell that lingers in the house as the meal cooks itself all day!

  4. 4.) CherishedHearts
    December 7th, 2010

    I have two crockpots. The first crockpost was just too small when I was wanting to make a large roast with all the goodies, so I splurged on a HUGE crockpot. I'm so glad I did. Everything cooks so nicely!

    Crockpots make our lives sooooo much easier! It's also nice to come home to a house filled with the aroma of supper just waiting for you.

  5. 5.) Stevee
    December 7th, 2010

    My mouth is watering. These look delicious. It's 9:30am and I wan to eat one right this second…

  6. 6.) Jennifer
    December 7th, 2010

    I know, slow cookers are pretty terrific. Got some pulled pork waiting for us tonight… I'll have to think about doing a chicken now. Thanks!

  7. 7.) Anna
    December 7th, 2010

    I just got a slow cooker from my mom, and I've been trying to figure out what to make with it- this sounds delicious!

  8. 8.) LillysMom
    December 7th, 2010

    gonna try this! (we are STILL making ur pumpkin smoothies=) Yes, Crock pots are not just for our parents anymore…just made some wicked healthy BEAN stews in mine…

  9. 9.) Monica
    December 7th, 2010

    I have never had great success with cooking a whole chicken in my slower cooker. Removing the skin and putting a rub directly on the meat is a stroke of genius. I will try this soon. Thank you!

  10. 10.) Charlene
    December 8th, 2010

    I do this recipe with frozen chicken breast. I toss the seasoning packet in, a little bit of water, shove 5 or 6 chicken breasts in turn it on low, return after work to shred. We found that sprinkling a little extra seasoning on the shredded meat enhances the flavor as well. Hmmm, think dinner is solved for tomorrow night!

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  12. 12.) Kimberly
    January 3rd, 2011

    It's in the crockpot now!

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