Dutch Oven Chicken Carnitas

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 268.0
  • Total Fat: 8.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 130.0 mg
  • Sodium: 1,347.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 5.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 47.2 g

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Introduction

Healthy, flavorful Chicken Carnitas made in a dutch oven. With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, this is an easy meal to be used in tacos, burrito bowls, salads, breakfast skillets enchiladas or nachos. It is easy and delicious! Healthy, flavorful Chicken Carnitas made in a dutch oven. With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, this is an easy meal to be used in tacos, burrito bowls, salads, breakfast skillets enchiladas or nachos. It is easy and delicious!
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 medium (2-1/2" dia) Onion, sliced
    1 tbsp Olive Oil
    6 clove Garlic
    1 tbsp Cumin seed
    1 tbsp Coriander seed
    1 tbsp Chili powder
    2 tsp Salt
    1/4 tsp chipotle chile pepper powder
    1 cup Water
    1 tbsp Soy Sauce
    1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
    1 tbsp Oregano, ground
    1 small can (4oz.) Green Chili Peppers
    3 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

Tips

Although this recipe works with breasts or thighs, breasts turn out drier. You could also make this recipe with cubed pork, but cooking times may be longer.


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, saute 2 minutes, stirring. Add garlic, turn heat to medium, saute 4-5 minutes until fragrant and golden and onions are tender. Add spices and salt, toasting for 1-2 minutes
3. Add water, soy and vinegar. Add oregano and optional green chilies. Stir.
4. Place chicken in the liquid.
5. Cover and place dutch oven into the 400 oven or turn to low and simmer on stove top.
6. Cook for 45 minutes. Youll know if the meat is done when its 165-170F, or when it is tender and shreds easily with two forks. 7. 7. Shred the meat, then simmer gently on the stove until some of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 -10 more minutes.
8. If you like very crispy carnitas, simmer until all the liquid is gone, and/ or drain well, then pan sear in oil to crisp, or place on a sheet pan and broil in the oven.

Serving Size: Makes 6 servings

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user FARALLON.