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Green Chile Chicken Tacos (Video)

These Green Chile Chicken Tacos use low-carb taco shells, and you can make the spicy chicken in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker. Or just eat the chicken in lettuce wraps for Keto or gluten-free!

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Green Chile Chicken Tacos finished tacos on serving plate

Let me start by telling you that Kara and I absolutely swooned over these Green Chile Chicken Tacos when we worked on the recipe recently! We loved the spicy green chile chicken, the slightly-spicy slaw with finely chopped Poblano peppers, and the squeeze of lime we added at the table. And when Kara took the leftovers home, her family devoured the tacos too.

So I was happy I had finally worked on an Instant Pot version of this recipe that I first made a few years ago in the slow cooker. The slow cooker tacos definitely had some fans, but now people regularly ask for Instant Pot instructions for slow cooker recipes (and luckily quite a few recipes are suitable for both cooking methods.) So I’m trying to work on that, although I have so many slow cooker recipes that I’ll never manage an Instant Pot version of every one of them.

The tacos were originally inspired by my love of Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce, something I’ve used often since I first tried it. And any recipe that’s got limited carbs and involves tacos and green chile enchilada sauce is going to be something I enjoy. For the slow cooker version we recommended reducing the sauce so the finished result wasn’t too watery, but using the Instant Pot made it super-easy to reduce the sauce after the chicken had cooked. So for that feature only I’d say I liked the Instant Pot method a bit better. 

But either version of Green Chile Chicken Tacos will turn out super tasty, and even the slow cooker method only takes a little over three hours to cook, so this is pretty easy for a tasty taco dinner no matter which method you choose!

Making this Recipe for Weekend Food Prep:

If you’re making this for Weekend Food Prep and planning on leftovers to eat later, it would be best to only put dressing on half the slaw if you want it to stay crispy. Refrigerate slaw ingredients and taco meat separately, then heat the chicken and tortillas and add dressing to the rest of the slaw right before you eat the rest of the tacos.

What Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Did I Use?

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for all my Instant Pot Recipes! For the slow cooker version I used my favorite Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) but any size that’s close to that will work.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Instant Pot version process shots collage

How to Make Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Tacos:

(Scroll down for complete recipe for either version, with nutritional information.

    1. Trim chicken, put in Instant Pot, and season with salt and pepper. 
    2. Pour Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (affiliate link) over the chicken, along with the diced green chiles (affiliate link) if using.
    3. Lock lid on the Instant Pot and set to MANUAL, HIGH, 10 MINUTES. 
    4. When the cooking time is up let pressure release naturally for 20 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
    5. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred, leaving the sauce in the Instant Pot.
    6. Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM and reduce the sauce for about 10 minutes while you shred the chicken apart.
    7. Then put the shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot to keep warm and let the chicken absorb the sauce.
    8. While chicken cooks, chop the poblanos, green onions, and cilantro.
    9. Whisk together mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to make the dressing.
    10. Chop up green and red cabbage, and mix in the chopped poblano, green onion, and cilantro (if using).
    11. Then toss the slaw with dressing until it’s a wet as you prefer.
    12. We used Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas (affiliate link) with 4 carbs each. (The package has changed since I made these tacos in the slow cooker.)
    13. We heated each tortilla in a hot dry pan, just about 10-15 seconds per side.
    14. Fill each taco shell with 1/8 of the spicy chicken and 1/8 of the slaw, and serve right away.
    15. We loved this with a squeeze of lime to add at the table!

    Low-Carb Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos process shots collage

    How to Make Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos:

    1. Simmer Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (affiliate link) until it’s reduced to 3/4 cup, about 45 minutes. 
    2. While sauce reduces, trim chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise, put in slow cooker, and season with salt and pepper.
    3. Put the reduced sauce (and 1 can additional diced green chiles if desired) over the chicken. 
    4. Cook on high about 2 1/2 hours.  
    5. When the chicken is tender and starting to fall apart, remove to a cutting board and shred, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker.
    6. Put the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and turn to low to keep warm and let the chicken absorb the sauce.
    7. I used Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Shells with 3 carbs each for this version, and heated the foil-wrapped tortillas in a toaster oven.
    8. Mix together ingredients to make dressing for the spicy slaw.
    9. Chop poblanos, green onions, cabbage, and cilantro and make the spicy slaw right before you’re ready to eat the tacos.
    10. To serve, fill each taco shell with 1/8 of the spicy chicken and 1/8 of the slaw.
    11. The original version was served with Cotija cheese. (Through the years I’ve made these tacos more often without it, but it’s tasty if you have some.)

    Green Chile Chicken Tacos close-up photo of finished tacos on plate

    More Spicy Mexican Dinners:

    The BEST Instant Pot Mexican Food ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
    Instant Pot Green Chile Pork Enchiladas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
    Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Green Chile Pork Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
    Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Salsa Chicken ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

    Green Chile Chicken Tacos thumbnail image of finished tacos

    Green Chile Chicken Tacos

    Yield 8 tacos
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Additional Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour

    Make Green Chile Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker; serve with Poblano-Cabbage Slaw and eat in low-carb taco shells or lettuce wraps.

    Ingredients

    Chicken Ingredients:

    • 4 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
    • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
    • one 15 oz. can Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (see notes)
    • one 3.5 oz. can diced green chiles plus juice (optional)

    Tacos and Slaw Ingredients:

    • 8 Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb tortillas
    • 1/2 large fresh Poblano chile, finely chopped (see notes)
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
    • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
    • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
    • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
    • 3 T mayo
    • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
    • 1 1/2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
    • Salt to taste, preferably Vege-Sal

    Instructions

    INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Trim chicken breasts, cut each one in half lengthwise, put in Instant Pot, and season with salt and pepper.  Pour Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (affiliate link) over the chicken, along with the diced green chiles (affiliate link) if using. Lock lid on the Instant Pot and set to MANUAL, HIGH, 10 MINUTES.
    2. When the cooking time is up let the pressure release naturally for at least 20 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred, leaving the sauce in the Instant Pot.
    3. Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM and reduce the sauce for about 20 minutes while you shred the chicken apart. Then put the shredded chicken back in the Instant Pot to keep warm and let the chicken absorb the sauce. 
    4. While chicken cooks, chop the poblanos, green onions, and cilantro. Whisk together mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to make the dressing. Chop up green and red cabbage, and mix in the chopped poblano, green onion, and cilantro (if using). Then toss the slaw with dressing until it’s a wet as you prefer. 
    5. We used Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas (affiliate link) with 4 carbs each. (The package has changed since I made these tacos in the slow cooker.) We heated each tortilla in a hot dry pan, just about 10-15 seconds per side.
    6. Fill each taco shell with 1/8 of the spicy chicken and 1/8 of the slaw, and serve right away. We loved this with a squeeze of lime to add at the table!

    SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Put the green chile enchilada sauce into a small non-stick saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until enough liquid has evaporated that the sauce has reduced to 3/4 cup.  This will take about 45 minutes, or less if you’re watching it carefully and use higher heat. While the sauce is reducing, trim chicken breasts and cut each breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 long strips.  (Cut larger breasts into 3 strips and smaller ones into 2.)
    2. Spray the inside of slow cooker with olive oil or non-stick spray and put the chicken strips in the bottom. When the sauce has reduced to 3/4 cup, spread sauce over the chicken pieces and add the small can of diced green chiles if you want a bit more heat. Cook on high for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the chicken shreds apart easily with a fork.
    3. When the chicken is done, use a slotted spoon to remove chicken pieces to a cutting board, leaving the sauce in the bottom of  the slow cooker. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken apart into bite-sized pieces and put shredded chicken back in the slow cooker, stirring to coat the chicken with sauce. Turn slow cooker to low to keep the chicken warm while you prepare the rest of the tacos.
    4. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400F/200C. Remove plastic packaging from the low-carb tortilla shells, wrap in foil, and heat the tortillas in the toaster oven while you make the slaw.
    5. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco sauce to make the dressing. Cut the Poblano chile in half, remove seeds, and finely chop half the chile (reserving the other half for another use.) Thinly slice green onions, green cabbage, red cabbage, and chop cilantro (if using.) Put the slaw ingredients in a bowl and toss with the dressing.
    6. To serve, fill a heated tortilla with 1/8 of the chicken mixture and top with a generous scoop of slaw.

    Notes

    I used Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (affiliate link), Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Shellsfresh-frozen lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and Vege-Sal (affiliate link) for these tacos. Poblano chiles are called Pasilla chiles in some stores

    Nutritional information was calculated by Nutritionix using the products I specified.

    This recipe created by Kalyn and Jake.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: .5gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 650mgCarbohydrates: 12.3gSugar: 3.2gProtein: 23g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

    If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

    Green Chile Chicken Tacos thumbnail image of finished tacos

    Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
    The small low-carb flour tortillas used in these Low-Carb Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos have only 3 or 4 net carbs each (depending on whether you choose white or whole wheat), making them a good choice for low-carb diet plans. If you’re following South Beach choose a low-carb tortilla that fits that plan and look for Green Chile Enchilada Sauce with the lowest amount of carbs you can find. (The Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce I used has 28 carbs per can, or about 3.5 carbs per taco.) You can eat the Green Chile Chicken inside lettuce wraps for a lower-carb or Keto option.

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    14 Comments on “Green Chile Chicken Tacos (Video)”

  1. Is there a substitute for Poblano chilies? I can’t find them in my local grocery stores.

    • I’ve noticed that some stores in the U.S. call these Pasilla Peppers. I apologize that i forgot to mention that! If your store still doesn’t have them I think any mild pepper would work, but hotter peppers (like Jalanenos) would be much hotter than the Poblanos. You could definitely leave out the pepper too. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Hi Kaylyn! Do you know approximately how many pounds of chicken you use for this recipe? I like to buy the ”Valpak” of fresh chicken breasts for economical reasons, and it typically contains 5 breasts at approx 4 lbs total. Hoping it will work out for this recipe – it looks delicious!!

    • Hi Pam,
      My niece Kara was here when I got this comment and we estimated it was 3 pounds of chicken, maybe a little more. I think what you have will be fine; Kara reminded me that there was plenty of sauce when we finished cooking the chicken. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Hi, Kalyn! I just discovered in Trader Joe's new products section "Hatch Valley Salsa" – it wouldn't suit as enchilada sauce, but at least it's made with Hatch Valley chile peppers. My Trader Joe's is in Culver City, CA. I don't know if they are carried in all stores.

  4. That may be your OPINION, but it is not proven fact. I believe everyone gets to make their own food decisions, and although probably about 80-90% of my recipes are gluten-free, many people can and do eat wheat and other things with gluten. If you're not someone who wants to eat wheat, just choose one of the recipes that doesn't have it. But foodie police attitudes are really dismissive of everyone's right to eat what they choose.

  5. Oh yes these are just what I need. Loving thw fresh and crisp flavours

  6. Thanks for sharing your page pleaseant.

  7. The flavors here are so light and bright — a contrast to the heavy foods we tend to eat in November. Can't wait to try this chicken.