Pulled Mexican Lime Chicken


Tacos! We are taco loving people in this house. I grew up eating tacos just about every week at some point or another and I also had to grow up watching my brother and dad engulf at the very least 12 tacos each. They just have “that” metabolism that allows them to eat anything and during his teenage years my brother was on a constant mission to gain weight and muscle. So as a teenage girl I was trying to keep my girlish figure while my brother was eating us out of house and home. Regardless of this my love for tacos remains but not until recently had a experience pulled chicken tacos. It had always been meat or pork but never chicken.



I feel head over heels in love with this recipe and it really is so easy you can’t mess it up. I love the idea of pulled chicken and it goes a long way in feeding a large group of people. We are all so used to bbq pulled chicken that I wanted to do something different with it so I decided to use Mexican flavors alongside the classic sauce staples and then pair it with tacos. The flavors of lime, jalapeno and green chiles is strong yet not too overpowering and thanks to the vinegar, sugar and ketchup it brings a sweetness to the chicken which creates a wonderful combination of sweet and heat.


The chicken is moist and literally breaks apart with one touch of the fork. Pulling it is the easiest part! It melts in your mouth and it is a great alternative to the regular bbq chicken flavor. I promise it will be the easiest pulled chicken recipe you will ever make. YOU MUST MAKE THIS!

Pulled Mexican Lime Chicken
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP jalapeno juice
  • 1 small can of green chiles, drained
  • ½ cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 large lime, juiced plus 2 limes cut for the crockpot
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1½ TBSP chopped cilantro and more for garnish if you want
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  1. Place the chicken breasts in the crockpot and season with salt and pepper. Stir together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Add the extra 2 limes to the crockpot and place around the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5½ hours. Remove the chicken from the juice and pull apart. Place the pulled chicken in a large bowl and then spoon about ½ cup of the juice from the crockpot over the chicken and gently mix. Discard the limes. Serve with your favorite buns, taco shells or tortillas.



  1. K / Pure & Complex

    I am in a taco loving house as well Jessica lol. And I have to admit, I get excited when I make it as well lol. I just love how your chicken came out. Amazing. I am soooo trying out this recipe.

  2. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    Wow! Pinned this for later, I love the description your offered. thanks so much.

  3. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    This is terrific! Love crock pot anything but especially love tacos. Thanks for this recipe!

  4. Bonnie Hunter

    I’d love to have a bowl of this right now! We are taco lovers too.


  5. Erica

    Immediately bookmarked! Sounds awesome

  6. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    We eat tacos once a week growing up too. I’d happily eat your chicken version.

  7. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I’m with the others. Sounds awesome. I didn’t grow up eating tacos, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them.

  8. sue|theviewfromgreatisland

    This sounds so much lighter and more refreshing than barbeque style, love it!!

  9. Monica

    I’m on a bit of a taco hit lately, too. It’s all the amazing things I’m seeing in magazines and online and we recently ate at one of Rick Bayless’ places and it was phenomenal so I’m thinking Mexican a lot. : ) I love this big batch recipe for the pulled chicken. We can set out with all sorts of toppings and have a great fun Mexican dinner night. I love a meal with a theme. : )

  10. Velva

    This is delightful. I think my boys would enjoy this pulled Mexican Chicken with Lime. It is nice alternative to traditional bbq pulled chicken….Lighter too.

    As always, thanks for your great recipes.


  11. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    We had beef tacos for dinner a little while ago. I should have had these chicken ones. Your chicken sounds delicious!

  12. Joanne

    Tacos all day every day sounds good to me! Love the sound of this filling.

  13. Liz

    We eat a ton of tacos and fajitas, too! Your pulled chicken would fit right in. What a marvelous recipe—pinning for sure!

  14. Joyce, kitchen flavours

    I love tacos! Your Mexican lime chicken looks really delicious! Such a delicious flavour!

  15. La Cuisine d'Helene

    We are big tacos lovers in my house. Love the idea of cooking the chicken in the crockpot. Looks delicious!

  16. Roz@La Bella Vita Cucina

    You’re right, I MUST make these! Anything accented with lime always makes me happy! Pinned!

  17. Eva Taylor

    This does sound incredibly delicious Jessica. I’m trying to cut down on sugars, do you think replacing ketchup with pure tomato sauce would do the trick? And possibly using honey instead of the brown sugar.

  18. nancy at good food matters

    perfect slow-cooker recipe. I love the south-of-the-border seasoning–so fresh.

  19. Mary Frances

    Tacos are so fun to share! I l love how you can throw just about anything in them. Your pulled chicken looks so delicious–will have to try it!

  20. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    This looks like just the kind of thing to keep those big appetites satisfied.

  21. Kankana

    All one needs now is some tortilla. I could just spoon some in bread and wash down with chill beer 🙂 Love the refreshing flavor of lime.

  22. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    This looks not only delicious, also very healthy.

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