Mediterranean Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bar

~ Next time you’re thinking “taco night,” think beyond the typical Mexican-style taco bar and try this incredibly delicious Mediterranean Chicken Taco recipe! It’s a fun make-it-your-own dinner that’s easy to prep ahead for busy nights. And, it’s a classed-up version of the traditional taco bar that’s perfect for parties and game day, too! ~

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When it comes to making dinnertime fun, there’s just nothing like a taco bar, jam-crammed with loads of yummy topping choices.

Picky kiddos (and, let’s face it … even the adults, too!) appreciate the ability to make their own creations, piled high with the flavors and textures they like.

It’s one of the recurring themes in all of our articles about parenting picky eaters … if you help kids feel empowered and like they’re a part of the entire meal process, then they’ll be much more likely to eat healthfully and try new foods. It really works!

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The super-easy, 2-ingredient hummus dressing really brings all the wonderful Mediterranean flavors together!

We actually saw this very principle in action when Gretchen first served her kids these Mediterranean Chicken Tacos.

Her littlest looked suspiciously at the roasted red pepper strips. “Those aren’t peppers,” (glaring accusingly at the red slivers). “Yes they are,” Gretchen patiently explained. “They’re just roasted!” Her daughter proceeded to try one … along with all the other toppings she’d chosen … and guess what! (You know what’s coming here …) That suspicious-looking, roasted pepper strip turned out to be a-ok! Huh! And just like that, her daughter added one more type of vegetable to her “edible” list. Brilliant!

While all of that was going on, Gretchen’s older daughter was eyeballing the feta, certain she’d never tried it before … which is ludicrous since she’s had our Baked Hummus Dip with Easy Tabouli Topping, and Super-Fast Mediterranean Herbed Shrimp Pasta, and Citrus Quinoa and Chickpea Salad – to name a few! That kid has eaten more feta than she realized! And … you guessed it! She felt empowered enough to try it (again) … and she loved it (again! 😀 )!

Mediterranean Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bar Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}This is why we really love Flatout’s goal to give kiddos lots of healthy options, through their #FlatoutIsMyCanvas campaign. Flatouts are deliciously nutritious little blank canvases, just waiting for kids to fill in the spaces with healthy foods they love.

These easy-to-make, yummy-to-eat Mediterranean Chicken Tacos are a perfect recipe to showcase how a blank canvas can become a delicious work of art … and how each artist’s masterpiece can be personalized and unique!

So, let’s build some tacos!

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To start the taco bar fun, we like offering a variety of flatbread options.

Flatout Foldits, cut in halves, are the perfect starting point for mini tacos. These tiny, personalized tacos are terrific because everyone can build different combinations throughout dinner. They’re also great if you’re serving this taco bar at a party – the little Foldits are ideal for your guests to make perfectly sized party snacks (hello, game day food!).

For those who’d rather create one big, burrito-style soft taco, the larger Flatout wraps are just right. Although there are lots of great whole-grain, high-protein Flatouts to choose from, we found that the Red Pepper Hummus wraps and the Light Italian Herb wraps had flavor profiles that perfectly complemented the other Mediterranean ingredients in these chicken tacos.

After the taco “shells” … next stop … the chicken. (Spoiler alert: it’s made in the slow cooker, so it’s a total breeze to throw together ahead of time! Perfect for busy nights!)

Mediterranean Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bar Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}The chicken in these tacos is mildly seasoned with Mediterranean flavors and Greek-inspired spices – a perfect building block for the bursting-with-flavor toppings that are just waiting to be piled on top.

And now (drum roll, please …) the toppings!

This is where the fun really starts and where the big flavors begin. We’ve got a whole list of suggested toppings for you – and when we make this taco bar in our own homes, we usually do offer all the options (and Gretchen and I both love to pile them allllll on!). But just like with Mexican-style taco bars, you can definitely feel free to improvise and offer whatever you think your family will like best.

Bonus for busy nights: the toppings can all be chopped and prepped even a day or two ahead!

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With so many great, healthy topping choices, any toppings your kiddos choose are a win. And every single one adds up to more big flavor! Salty kalamatas and feta? Check! Vibrantly fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and parsley? Yup – got those, too! Wanna jazz it up and go a little highbrow with artichokes and roasted peppers? Sure thing – just pile ’em on!

There’s no wrong answer here, friends – build your tacos any way you like!

Just don’t skip the yummy hummus dressing! It’s crazy-easy to whip up, but absolutely pulls all the flavors together.

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And don’t forget to offer a couple of things that you aren’t positive your kids will go for … because who knows … while they’re having fun creating their own masterpieces, they just might surprise you by trying something new!

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Mediterranean Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bar

Preparation 10 min. (plus chopping time, depending on optional toppings) 2017-07-22T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 4-8 hours 2017-07-22T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 3¾ cups of chicken, plus toppings     adjust servings

Ingredients

Chicken Taco Meat

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (white or golden balsamic are fine, too)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Hummus Dressing

  • 3/4 cup plain hummus
  • 3 tablespoons water

Taco Bar Options

  • Flatout flatbreads (see note on sizes and flavors)
  • Optional toppings: chopped baby spinach, diced tomatoes, seeded and diced cucumbers, chopped roasted red peppers, chopped (canned or jarred) artichokes, chopped kalamata olives, minced fresh parsley, crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker, and add vinegar, 2 tablespoons water, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, oregano, and black pepper on top.
  2. Cook in a 3-4 quart slow cooker, on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. If using a larger 5-6 quart slow cooker, cook on low for about 6 hours. (See note.)
  3. Just before serving, shred chicken (with two forks) and stir back into remaining liquid in bottom of slow cooker, to incorporate.
  4. Meanwhile, combine hummus and 3 tablespoons water to make dressing, stirring or whisking until smooth. (You can adjust the exact amount of water slightly, depending on the thickness of your brand of hummus and how thick you'd like your dressing.)
  5. Serve chicken in flatbreads, allowing everyone to select toppings and drizzle with hummus dressing, as desired.

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Recipe Notes

Flatbread options: If you'd like to serve this recipe as mini, personal tacos for a fun dinner or as appetizer-sized party tacos, we recommend using Flatout Foldits. Cut each Foldit in half to form perfectly sized mini soft taco shells. Alternately, if you'd like to serve larger, heartier-sized soft tacos, try using Flatout wraps – we found that the ProteinUP Roasted Red Pepper and Light Italian Herb varieties had flavors that paired nicely with the Mediterranean ingredients in this recipe.

Make-ahead tips: Because you're using your slow cooker, you begin the chicken hours ahead of serving it. In addition, though, you can also cook it even a day or two ahead, then refrigerate it after cooking and reheat it for serving. You can also prepare and chop all of the toppings up to a day or two ahead. Store each topping, wrapped separately, in the refrigerator.

Cook time and slow cooker variations: Through all of our testing, we've found that slow cooker chicken recipes like this one typically work best in a 3-4 quart slow cooker. If you’re using a larger 5-6 quart model, we recommend cooking on low for only about 6 hours. We do not recommend cooking this recipe on high in a 5-6 quart slow cooker because the chicken may overcook and become dry. At the end of cook time, the chicken should be cooked through and should shred easily and be really moist. Also, note that the exact heat and speed of cooking can vary between different slow cookers. Our research has also led us to believe that some models allow for imperceptible evaporation of liquid (although you’d expect that no liquid would be lost when using a slow cooker), which can leave your recipes less saucy and moist. Because this particular recipe uses very little liquid, it’s particularly sensitive to these variations. No need to worry – it’s delicious even when cooked until it’s a bit drier.

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Comments

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! My friends and family LOVED the Greek taco bar idea, and my husband and I love the chicken so much, I now make a batch of it on Sundays to use for lunches throughout the week in quinoa or salads. The only change I make is using boneless, skinless chicken thighs or a combination of thighs and breasts. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Oh, Stephanie! I’m thrilled that your friends and family loved this so much! And thanks a bunch for the really terrific idea of making a batch to use in such creative ways all week long! I’m definitely a huge fan of make-ahead and shortcut ideas to make busy weeks easier, and I just think that’s a really terrific suggestion, and one that other readers will find super-useful, too! Mmmmmmm … and seriously … now you’ve got me envisioning all sorts of new possibilities! 😉 Thanks a million for taking the time to leave such a wonderful and truly helpful comment! Have a fantastic weekend! ~Shelley

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    • Awwww, thanks Justine! Not only do we love the scrumptious Mediterranean flavors, but we really did fall in love with how pretty this recipe is! All the taco toppings are so colorful – it’s just a showstopper taco bar, whether you serve it as an easy family dinner, or roll it out as an impressive and fun make-your-own taco bar for a party! We’re so glad you stopped by! ~G&S

    • That really is one of the (many!) reasons we love this slow cooker taco recipe so much – it’s an easy idea for parties! As the hostess, you’re thrilled because it’s so easy and the make-ahead prep allows you to really enjoy your guests … and your guests are thrilled because it’s just so fun (and so delicious!). Everybody wins! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Thank you so much, Katerina! With your focus on Mediterranean and authentic Greek recipes, your compliment really means a lot! I’m so glad these tacos got your stamp of approval (and so glad that your son would love them, too)! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi Michelle! These Mediterranean tacos really are just bursting with flavor, thanks to so many delicious toppings choices! We just love that all those flavorful toppings are so pretty, too – this taco recipe is seriously as gorgeous to look at as it is to eat, which makes it such a perfect recipe for easy entertaining (your guests will be so impressed! 😀 ). ~G&S

    • Thanks so much, Cyndi! They really are fabulous tacos, and with so many different combinations of toppings, everyone can make theirs exactly as they’d like. But you’re so right about the hummus dressing … it’s really the thing that pulls everything together, so no matter what taco fixing’ you choose to set out, don’t skip that crazy-easy, awesome dressing! Mmmmmm … enjoy! 🙂 ~G&S

  5. These look great! I love those Flatout breads. That’s what I used for my Mini Taco Cups the other day. And I love a taco bar. What fun it is to assemble your own food and try out different flavor combinations.

    • Debi, you are so right – we really enjoyed all the possibilities of the different sizes, shapes and flavors of the Flatout breads! And we just feel so good about including them in our meals – there are so many varieties that are whole grain, high fiber and/or low in calories! Definitely the kind of product I know you would totally love, too! I saw your recipe for the Taco Cups (drooling … drooling …) and now I know exactly what recipe I can make if I have leftover Flatouts! So glad you stopped by! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh, Heidy, we’re so excited for you to try it! You’ll love so many things about this taco bar recipe … how incredibly easy it is to make (hurray, slow cooker make-ahead!! 😀 ), how wonderfully delicious it is, and how deliriously happy every single family member or party guest will be with their own, personalized taco creations! ~G&S

    • Wow, Peter – thank you so much! It really is all about the ingredients here – the delicious, flavorful toppings! Bonus that they’re so gorgeously colorful, too – this taco bar recipe is definitely as pretty as it is scrumptious! Besides the fact that it’s a unique twist, with the Mediterranean flavors, another thing about this taco bar that elevates it a bit for parties is the simple fact of how pretty all the ingredients are – guests will be impressed even before they take their first bite! ~G&S

    • It really is so easy, Kimberly – especially with the make-ahead options. Whether you’re in busy-mom weekday mode or hostess-with-the-mostess party mode, this taco bar will be such a time-saving crowd pleaser! ~G&S

    • Thanks so much, Debra! These tacos really are so, so yummy! A total family-pleasin’ recipe, even on busy nights, and yet so super-easy for an impressive little taco bar party, too! So versatile – you’re totally gonna love it! :D~Shelley

    • Thanks, Becca! The very first time I tested this slow cooker taco recipe, I had the chicken cooking away and a line-up of the toppings I’d envisioned … but then, at the last minute before heading home to dinner, I made my family wait while I dashed into the store to grab some hummus. (We pretty much ALWAYS have hummus on hand, but of course – not that night, haha! :D) Anyway, I’d had a sudden vision of an easy hummus dressing to drizzle over top of these chicken tacos as the final flourish. Oh my goodness – that last-minute grocery store run proved to be the stroke of genius that truly pulled this entire taco bar recipe idea together and made it really, perfectly fantastic! So simple, so awesome! Go ahead … pile it all super-high, and drizzle away!!! ~Shelley

    • Hi, Dannii! You’re so right – it really is kinda dreamy! As much as we love traditional, Mexican-inspired taco bars (our 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos make a great taco bar, too!), we always love playing with new angles on recipes and new flavors. This Mediterranean-inspired version of chicken tacos was an instant success, from the very first test run! It’s such a perfect, creative change-of-pace! 😀 ~G&S

    • Thanks, Amy! As much as this chicken taco bar really is perfect for parties and entertaining, I honestly most often make it for busy weeknight dinners. I just love that I can prep everything so far in advance, so when the busy rush of after-school activities hits, I can still put an awesome dinner on the table in no time! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hungry teenagers are kind of like roving bands of hyenas, aren’t they?!?! The amount of food they can go through is jaw-dropping! They’ll love this taco bar idea! It easily feeds a crowd, and the mix-and-match, make-your-own fun turns eating into a social event. Bonus: you’ll love how crazy-easy this is for you, and the fact that all those hungry kids are actually eating something nutritious, too! Total win! Enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

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