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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Harissa Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Amy Rains


  • 1 12 oz jar roasted red peppers should be about 2 peppers marinade or oil drained
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce
  • Juice of half lemon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast or tenders
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Begin by making your sauce: in a food processor or blender, blend red peppers, chipotle peppers, vinegar, lemon, spices, and garlic. While motor is running, add oil. Blend until smooth or no chunks remain.
  2. For the Slow Cooker:
  3. Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with chopped onion and sauce. Set your slow cooker for 4 hours on low.
  4. Shred chicken and serve with cilantro over rice, cauliflower rice, or potatoes.
  5. For the Instant Pot:
  6. Select the saute function on your Instant Pot. Once hot, add avocado oil or olive oil. Saute onion for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Select cancel.
  7. Add chicken, and top with sauce. Secure the lid on your Instant Pot and select the manual function. Pressure cook for 7 minutes.
  8. Once cooking is complete, use a quick release. Shred chicken with a fork and serve hot with cilantro.