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5 from 8 votes

Slow Cooker Chipotle Honey Chicken Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Make your meal prep hands off with this smoky chipotle honey twist on a taco salad. The chicken simmers in the slow cooker, with the sauce doubling as a dressing for the salad!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 253kcal


Slow Cooker Chipotle Honey Chicken

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 chipotle pepper whole; optional; see note 1
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts roughly 2 large breasts; see note 2


  • 3 cups cabbage finely chopped or shredded
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1 bell pepper thinly sliced

Before serving

  • tortilla chips or strips
  • or small tortillas to serve as tacos


  • Cook the chicken- In a 2.5 quart slow cooker (see note 3), stir together the honey, chicken stock, salt, garlic, lime juice, adobo sauce and chipotle pepper (if using). Add the chicken breasts, turn to coat and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken- Remove the chipotle pepper using tongs and discard. Using two forks, shred the chicken into strips. Alternatively, you can transfer to a clean bowl and shred in seconds using an electric hand mixer.
  • Portion- Divide the chopped vegetables between four 2-cup meal prep containers. Add ½ cup chicken to each bowl, and spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over each meal prep container.
  • Store- Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • Serve- Sprinkle with tortilla strips, toss it all up, and enjoy! You may enjoy this salad cold, or warm it up.


1- to reduce the spice level, omit the chipotle pepper, but leave the adobo sauce
2- chicken breasts may be swapped for bone-in chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs; increase the cook time to 4-5 hours on low.
3- Recipe may be doubled and cooked in a 5 quart slow cooker; if you have too much chicken, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Meal prep containers may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
I do not recommend freezing the meal prep bowls, however the chicken can be frozen for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1lunch bowl | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 324mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g