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Slow-Cooker Cider-Braised Chicken Tacos with Apple Jalapeño Salsa

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8
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Chile-spiced chicken thighs and hard cider pair up with a crunchy apple salsa for a delicious twist on standard chicken tacos. MORE + LESS -

Cindy Ensley
November 24, 2014

Ingredients

Chicken Filling

2 1/2
to 3 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
Salt
Canola oil
3/4
cup hard apple cider
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1
teaspoon ground cumin
2
cloves garlic, smashed
1/2
onion, chopped

Apple Jalapeño Salsa

2
apples, cored, diced small
1
to 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded, finely diced
1/2
cup finely diced red onion
Juice of 2 limes
Salt to taste

To Serve

8
Old El Paso™ taco shells
Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, as desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Season chicken thighs generously with salt. Heat 10- to 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add about 1 tablespoon canola oil to skillet. Cook chicken thighs until well browned; place in slow cooker (cook in batches if necessary).
  • 3
    Pour 1/4 cup of the hard cider into hot skillet, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet with wooden spoon as it bubbles. Turn off stove, and add cider from pan to slow cooker along with remaining 1/2 cup hard cider.
  • 4
    Add green chiles, cumin, garlic and onion to slow cooker along with a pinch of salt. Stir gently; cover and cook on High heat setting 4 hours.
  • 5
    While chicken cooks, in medium bowl, mix Apple Jalapeño Salsa ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 6
    Shred chicken with 2 forks. Serve in taco shells with cheese and salsa.

Expert Tips

If you don’t want to use hard apple cider, you can use regular apple cider. The tacos may be a little sweeter, so maybe use a 1:1 ratio of water and cider.

I love sharp Cheddar with these, but any cheese is nice with the apple salsa. Another great and interesting twist would be to use soft, tangy goat cheese.

Browning the chicken before adding it to the slow cooker adds another layer of flavor, but it isn’t completely necessary. Skip it if you’re pinched for time.

Nutrition Information

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