Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

This Asian-inspired slow cooker shredded chicken recipe is sweet, tangy and super versatile.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Breasts - an easy crock pot chicken recipe

We are kicking off our citrus-inspired weekly meal plan with a workhorse of a recipe: Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken. This large batch of shredded chicken is going to make healthy eating a breeze all week long.

Sweet, tangy, and full of flavor, this slow cooker chicken recipe is made with fresh orange juice, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. On the evening you prepare the chicken, I suggest serving it over brown rice with a green salad on the side. 

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It would also be delicious stuffed into sweet potatoes, tossed with pasta, served over roasted veggies or over jasmine rice with my Japanese Quick Pickled Cucumbers.

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We also love tossing it into chicken broth for a quick soup or using it in enchilada bakes. The options are truly endless.

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Stay tuned tomorrow where I’ll be sharing recipe 2 of this citrus inspired weekly meal plan: Chicken Tacos with Citrus Avocado Salsa. #TacoTuesday never tasted so good!

Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

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This Asian-inspired slow cooker shredded chicken recipe is sweet, tangy and super versatile.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 3 hours
TOTAL: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Sprinkle chicken breasts evenly with salt and pepper and place in the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (chicken broth through five spice powder) and pour over the chicken breasts.
  • Cook chicken on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours. Chicken is done when it shreds easily with a fork.
  • When chicken is done cooking, shred with two forks to serve.


Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 4.7gProtein: 24.3gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 725mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.8g

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25 thoughts on “Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken”

  1. Could you make this without a slow cooker? Stovetop? I’ve made shredded chicken before that way but I can’t remember how.

  2. I made this tonight and it was excellent! We had it in tortillas with homemade mango salsa. So good. I’m already looking forward to eating it again this week some other way. At five and a half hours on low my chicken was fall apart tender when I checked on it. Will be a repeat recipe for us. Thanks!

  3. HI,

    Is the amount of chicken correct? 3 lbs of chicken breast would be 9 breasts, which seems like way too much.

    1. Hi Kelly – This is actually part of a week long meal planning series and is meant to be used in three meals throughout the week. If you want it to just be for one meal simply divide the recipe in three. Enjoy!

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