Chicken Carnitas
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Chicken Carnitas recipe

Oven-braised in seasonings and broiled in the meat gravy, every crispy bit of this Chicken Carnitas is worth devouring. It's so effortless to throw things together, perfect to add a bit of variety to your regular tiresome weeknight meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Lunch, Main Dish Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas chicken, chicken carnitas, chicken carnitas recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 1 1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken thigh
  • 2.7 oz yellow onion 1/2 medium, thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp garlic 2 cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup water



  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spread sliced onions and garlic in layers on the baking dish.
  • Prepare the seasoning: combine salt, oregano and cumin in a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken breasts so the surface is evenly coated.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breasts onto the onion and garlic. Finally, add water to the baking dish.
  • Cover the dish in aluminum foil, put it to the middle rack of the oven and braise for 40 minutes. The chicken meat should be cooked through and tender as braising is finished.


  • Remove the baking dish from heat and start shredding the chicken meat by a fork, into medium-sized strips.
  • Put the baking dish back and turn the oven on broil for 5 minutes. The chicken meat should be just browned.
  • Baste the cooking liquid all over the surface so the meat is moist. Serve with tortillas. Season with ground pepper if desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg