Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

This keto crock pot margarita chicken is absolutely delicious and unbelievably easy to make! Put it all into your slow-cooker and relax!

Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken
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WHAT IS MARGARITA CHICKEN?

Margarita chicken is a delicious chicken dish that combines all of the flavors of a margarita mixed-drink in a cheesy, garlicky dish.

This recipe is super easy to make and calls for the use of a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Most of the ingredients you will more than likely have on hand without having to run to the store!

It makes the perfect Mexican-inspired, tangy dish the whole family will love for your next meal!

KETO CROCK POT MARGARITA CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

Before making this recipe, make sure you have the following ingredients on hand.

  • 2 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • *optional* 1/4 cup tequila

After you have all of this, you’re set and ready to go!

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT MARGARITA CHICKEN

  1. If you haven’t already done so, remove and shred the rotisserie chicken
  2. Add all ingredients to a crock pot or slow-cooker, except the salt and black pepper
  3. Turn the slow-cooker on high
  4. Every fifteen minutes, stir the mixture
  5. After an hour, add black pepper and salt to taste
  6. Turn the slow-cooker off, serve, and enjoy!
Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

CAN I USE CHICKEN THIGHS INSTEAD?

Using chicken thighs in this recipe instead of a rotisserie chicken would be a totally acceptable substitution!

For this recipe, we chose a rotisserie chicken for its quick use and ease of buying.

However, if you’re looking to maximize your fats and limit your protein intake, substituting chicken thighs is a great idea.

THE CHICKEN THIGH VS. CHICKEN BREAST DIFFERENCE

While it might not seem like a big deal, there is actually quite a bit of difference in chicken thigh and chicken breast.

The first and most notable difference for anyone aiming to eat more fat in their diet, is that chicken thigh has a much higher fat content than breast.

In fact, thighs contain about 2x more fat than chicken breasts. They also contain a slightly (around 4g less) smaller amount of protein, helping to make them a better keto option for those aiming for certain macros.

The second difference has to do with the taste. For clarification, we aren’t suggesting that chicken breast and chicken thighs taste much different than one another, but there is a slight, yet noticeable difference in texture alone.

Due to its higher fat content, thigh meat has a juicier, sometimes considered more “soft” texture than breast meat.

This makes it great for use in a lot of Asian-inspired cuisine, since lots of Chinese dishes use thigh meat to start with.

If chicken thigh is your preferred cut of chicken for cooking, feel free to use it. It certainly won’t hurt the dish and will help make the dish more your own.

On the flip side, if chicken thigh is just not something you are able to get behind for whatever reason, using chicken breast is always a great go to!

Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

CHOOSING A GOOD GARLIC

When it comes to cooking with garlic, you have several different options. Choosing the one that best suites you is very important

Most importantly, however, is choosing the option that will give you the best garlic taste for the dish at hand.

FRESH GARLIC

Of course, the best choice for garlic is to use fresh garlic you mince yourself. This is by far the most work intensive choice, since it requires skinning the cloves and then mincing them.

However, there truly is no substitute for fresh garlic when cooking. The taste isn’t quite as strong as the type in the jar, but it is often a hint of a richer, sweeter taste.

JARRED GARLIC

Next on the list is the minced garlic in a jar. This garlic is often found right next to the fresh garlic, but provides a pre-minced option that is ready to use right out of the gate.

To be honest, this is the kind of garlic we use a lot, since time is often an issue.

The jar is also full of oil, which helps to keep the garlic fresher for longer. It is stored in the refrigerator for up to several weeks, and makes for an incredibly convenient source of garlic.

Jarred garlic is not quite as flavorful as fresh, but it still offers that nice garlic taste you are looking for.

POWDERED GARLIC

Last, but not least, there is the powdered garlic option. While not the best option, it is certainly the one most people have already sitting in their cabinet or pantry.

The bad news is, powdered garlic can often have added ingredients that can work against a low-carb lifestyle. These normally include, or are limited to anti-caking agents that keep the garlic powder from sticking together.

Anti-caking agents contain carbs, though in small amounts, but are not recommended if they can be avoided.

Make sure to check whatever garlic powder you buy for added ingredients before selecting it!

Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

WHAT TO SERVE WITH MARGARITA CHICKEN

Margarita chicken is a delicious main course dish to serve any time of the year! Here are some ideas of side dishes and desserts you may want to pair with this yummy dish!

For more ideas, you can check out our recipe index.

TOOLS TO MAKE KETO MARGARITA CHICKEN

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  • Slow-Cooker – As you might have figured out by now, a slow-cooker is a necessary component of this recipe. A good slow-cooker can make your life so much easier by making meals ahead of time and cutting out a lot of cooking mess! Less work is always a “checkmark” in our book!
Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

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Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

Keto Crock Pot Margarita Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This keto crock pot margarita chicken is absolutely delicious and unbelievably easy to make! Put it all into your slow-cooker and relax!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • *optional* 1/4 cup tequila

Instructions

  1. If you haven't already done so, remove and shred the rotisserie chicken
  2. Add all ingredients to a crock pot or slow-cooker, except the salt and black pepper
  3. Turn the slow-cooker on high
  4. Every fifteen minutes, stir the mixture
  5. After an hour, add black pepper and salt to taste
  6. Turn the slow-cooker off, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • While rotisserie chicken is the best option, you can also cook your own chicken and shred it instead

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 342 Total Fat 20g Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 0g Protein 43g
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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