Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling

Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling

Holiday Baker 408

"I put this together one day, wanting tacos, but I did not want ground beef. It is fast to make, as no slow cooker is needed. Serve warmed as a substitute for ground beef in tacos, and serve in a taco shell, with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, or other favorite toppings."
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40 m servings 188 cals
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Original recipe yields 3 servings



  • Calories:
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.7g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 29.8 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium:
  • 175 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place chicken breasts into a saucepan and pour in enough water to cover. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken meat is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Transfer chicken breasts to a bowl, allow to cool, and shred the chicken meat with 2 forks.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a small non-stick saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir onion until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the shredded chicken, cumin, chili powder, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is hot and the flavors have blended, about 3 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Recipe yields 3 servings. Feel free to double it. One pound of chicken is equivalent to 3 small chicken breasts. The sauce will coat the chicken, it will not be sitting in it just like traditional ground hamburger for tacos. If you like it a little saucier, add a spoon of tomato sauce at a time to your taste.


  1. 48 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use, I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a l...

Most helpful critical review

Too bland as is. I had to add lots of other seasonings (like most reviews stated) to make it flavorful.

I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use, I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a l...

This is an easy recipe to put together, I used soft and hard tacos. I thought it needed more seasoning. I added garlic powder and 1tblsp. of chile powder, This is probably a preference thing, be...

Definitely easy and not to mention very tasty! I love beef tacos, but chicken is a great alternative. Plus this recipe is perfect for times when you want something simple and quick to put toget...

For best results, follow the flavorings as suggested. It's meant to be simple! Then, add additional heat or other flavorings as needed. I intended this to be quicker than 6 hour crock-pot recipe...

Delicious and easy. Changes I made were, I added brown/white rice and salsa verde instead of tomato sauce since I didn't have any.

This easy recipe became the base for an instant family favourite. I use three chicken breasts (I don't know if they would qualify as small), a 15oz can of tomato sauce (we like our meat with sua...

This was very tasty and super easy. I love chicken tacos. I changed the serving size to 12, I have 2 teen boys whose stomachs are bottomless pits these days. I cooked the chicken in the crockpot...

This recipe is as easy as it gets! Followed recipe with the exception of adding salt to taste and more cumin and chili powder. Served with lettuce, sour cream, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and ta...

This was very good! I had to make MASS (9 lbs of chicken!) amounts for our taco bar party and I had to figure out how to keep it warm. So, I boiled the chicken meat and shredded it like direct...