slow cooker chicken carnitas

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Healthy Carnitas That Still Taste Ridiculously Good
Lightening up carnitas—the crispy pork filling you can pile into tortillas—is no easy feat, since switching to a leaner protein, such as chicken, and skipping the whole fried-in-oil step can result in dried-out meat that lacks the rich flavor and soft texture of the original. Make chicken carnitas in a slow cooker, though, and you'll have fall-apart tender, juicy meat that's healthy, too. This recipe, from Lick Your Plate, by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, is destined to go on heavy rotation in our kitchen (and, we're guessing, yours, too).

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Carnitas