Chicken Carnitas
Chicken Carnitas are full of chili flavor and perfectly sandwiched in a homemade flour tortilla. Slow simmered with chili spices and served in homemade flour tortillas, this delicious recipe is perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
Chicken Carnitas
The main reason you don’t see a lot of Mexican recipes here is because Grumpy “thinks” he doesn’t like it.  You wouldn’t believe the grief I get when he asks me what’s for dinner and I come out with something that sounds  “Mexican” to him.  I don’t get it.  The man loves Mexico.  Why can’t he love that type of food too!
Chicken Carnitas
I love it when I can say “I have to make it because it’s for my blog.  Then he can’t fight me too hard. He might tell me I owe him, but at that point he knows he’s better off not saying anything at all! If I have to pull my camera out for a recipe, then he knows he needs to leave me alone (or at least I like to think he does!).  His words were “it better be good”.  That is always what he says when he hears words coming out of my mouth about food that has to go in his tummy, that he thinks he won’t like.
Chicken Carnitas
Grumpy actually ate a second helping of these carnitas!  He also told me that it wasn’t too bad since it was chicken and Mexican food.  I guess I can say its just all in his head about what type of “food” he doesn’t like. It all comes down to how it’s cooked that makes all the difference!
The original recipe calls for pork.  We aren’t huge pork eaters here so I went with boneless skinless chicken thighs.  I also made a few other changes to the recipe to suit my own taste.
Other recipes you may enjoy for Cinco de Mayo:
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Chicken Carnitas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® cooking oil
  • 1 large scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Adobo seasoning
  • 2 tomatillos, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Avocado slices
  • Homemade Flour Tortillas


  1. Season cubed chicken with Adobo seasoning. Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken, onions, garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle chili powder and cumin. Saute 3-5 minutes to brown the meat.
  2. Add enough water to barely cover chicken. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer an additional 15 -20 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.
  3. Combine chopped tomatillos, tomatoes, cilantro and juice of 1/2 lime in small bowl.
  4. Place equal amounts of chicken on each tortilla. Top with salsa and avocado if desired.
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic April 1, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I love the photos and I bet it is delicious with chicken. We loved the recipe with pork but I would love to try this version. Thanks for sharing.

  2. mickeydownunder April 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    G'day! These look wonderful! Love your photos! Cheers! Joanne

  3. Debbie Blanke April 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Wow, you had me at the avocado! So many delicious flavors, this is #killer! I'll skip the tortilla, just fill my bowl! 🙂

  4. HeiLin (Heidy McCallum) April 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Beautiful recipe, I can almost taste it off the page! It looks so good I can't wait to make it!!

  5. anyonita green April 25, 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Look at these! 🙂 It sounds & looks like you've packed SO MUCH flavor in! I cannot wait to try these; I've ben hunting for a mouthwatering carnitas recipe!

  6. Debbie Blanke May 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Oooooh, this looks delicious! The blending of flavors and drippy goodness … now please!

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