Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw

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  • Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw
Posted on September 8, 2015

You guys! It’s Tuesday and I’m bringing you a taco recipe. I must say that I’m pretty smitten with myself over the whole thing. Because #tacotuesday. Obviously. It’s a day that should be recognized and celebrated.

Anyways. How was your Labor Day Weekend? We had great weather here in New England, so I managed to squeak in quite a few summer activities. Ice cream, cocktails by the pool, beach time and grilling were all par for the course. Summer isn’t going down without a fight!

I generally associate tacos with summer. But I think I need to make more of an effort to eat tacos all year long (twist my arm, won’t you). So I’m starting with these Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw, which are perfect to be enjoyed as we transition from late summer to early fall.


The chicken is cooked in the slow cooker until it’s so tender that it basically falls apart with no effort. And you might recognize the hoisin-blackberry sauce from my shredded pork recipe. It’s very similar. And as I’m finding out, very versatile too.

I firmly believe that tacos, like soups, are all about the toppings. So I made up a crunchy slaw with shredded broccoli stems (yeah, you know the part you usually throw away), radishes and apple. It’s crisp, sweet and a little earthy. And it’s the perfect pairing with some juicy, savory shredded chicken. I used the shredding attachment on my food processor to make the slaw. But you could certainly do it by hand on a traditional box grater, if you prefer.

Today I’m also bringing you Becky’s seasonal produce guide for September. Make sure you study it and memorize it. There will be a quiz. Or you know, just download it to your phone or tablet so you have it at the ready while you’re out shopping the grocery stores and markets. I see that pumpkin is on the list for this month, but I’m going to hold off on that until October. I just can’t.


Be sure to check out what my blogging friends have whipped up this month using the September produce guide. And if you make something with any of these ingredients, give us a shout out on social media with the #eatseasonal hashtag so we can see what you’ve got!



Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw

Makes about 8 tacos

Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw


  • For the Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs bone-less, skin-less chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup blackberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • For the Slaw
  • 1/2 cup shredded broccoli stems
  • 1/2 cup shredded apple
  • 1/2 cup shredded radish
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

  • For Serving
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Prepare the chicken. Rub the chicken with the olive oil and place it in the insert of your slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, blackberry preserves, chipotle peppers and soy sauce. Then pour this sauce over the chicken. Place the lid on your slow cooker. Cook on high for about 4 hours, or on low for about 7 hours. The chicken is done when the meat is extremely tender and falls apart easily.
  2. When the chicken is done, use two forks to shred it into pieces. I do this right in the insert of my slow cooker. Allow the shredded chicken to rest in the accumulated juices from the slow cooker for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toss the shredded broccoli, apple, radish and lime juice together in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the tacos. Warm the tortillas so they are soft and pliable, either in your microwave, oven or on the stove top in a skillet. Fill the warm tortillas with some of the shredded chicken. Then top with the slaw and a few sliced scallions. Serve immediately.
  5. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.

September Eat Seasonal Recipes


Raspberry Peach Hand Pies by Foodie Crush

Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup by Cafe Johnsonia

Pumpkin Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce by Climbing Grier Mountain

Zucchini Banana Brownies by Kitchen Confidante

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash by Cookin’ Canuck

Classic Carrot Cake by Vintage Mixer

Easy Roasted Vegetable Spaghetti by Simple Bites

Peach and Arugula Pizza by Letty’s Kitchen

Thai Carrot Cucumber Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing by Flavor the Moments

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry by Well Plated

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing by Mountain Mama Cooks


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  • Yum! This is the perfect dish for Taco Tuesday! You always put the most creative twists on dishes, Liz! Love this blackberry version. Sounds crazy good!


    • Aww…thanks for the sweet compliment, Gayle!

  • Wow! What a combination Liz! The sauce, the slaw…need to try this one ASAP! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann! I hope you try it out!

  • These tacos look fabulous and the blackberry in here is super unique!


    • Thanks, Medha!

  • Oh man, I look so forward to taco Tuesday! But now I’m doubly excited because HOISIN BLACKBERRY? That sounds like the most magical thing to ever happen to my taste buds. Pinned!


    • Thanks, girlfriend. It’s pretty magical! 🙂

  • OMG, Taco Tuesday should be a recognized weekly holiday! I know I recognize it as one! LOVE LOVE LOVE these tacos, Liz! Hoisin makes my heart go pitter patter, but paired with shredded chicken AND blackberies IN a taco? Yes Please! And that slaw? OMG I adore broccoli slaw. SO.Much! All of this is screaming “eat me. Now!” Pinned! Thanks for making me drool. <3 Cheers!


    • And thanks for making me smile, Cheyanne!

  • Freaking love the hoisin sauce and blackberry preserves in this chicken and the slaw is perfection! I love shredded broccoli stems!!! these tacos look SO GOOD!


    • Thanks, Alice! I hope you try it out!

  • Mmmmmm… these are some serious tacos!! And perfect for Taco Tuesday. HIGH-FIVE!


    • All the high fives!!!!!

  • Oh my. That blackberry hoisin sauce sounds incredible. And so does the slaw. So many fabulous recipes here! Love <3


    • Thanks so much, Allie!

  • Gorgeous! Can’t wait to make this for dinner.


    • Thanks, Aimee!

  • It’s been ages since I’ve had tacos and the shredded chicken looks soooooo goood! Also, best use of broccoli stems EVAH! Bravo, m’dear! That hoisin sauce though….mouth…watering!!


    • Oh you better get your taco fix ASAP!

  • Tacos for the win! We too are fighting the transition into fall. Viva la summer!!


    • Yes yes yes! 🙂

  • Yes to tacos all year! It’s so nice making chicken in the slow cooker, and that sauce sounds amazing! I actually love broccoli stems too, and that was a great idea using that for your slaw! Hooray for Taco Tuesday. 🙂


    • Thanks, Marcie! I’m pretty excited about them too! Hooray! 🙂

  • This sounds incredible Liz!! I love the hoisin blackberry combo!! And I’m all about taco tuesday… with a margarita too of course 🙂


    • Oh now you’re talking!

  • Interesting to see EGGPLANT on the seasonal list for September as I thought it was a spring fruit!


    • Nope, eggplant is still going strong during late summer/early fall.

  • Love Taco Tuesday and boy do these tacos ever look amazing! The combination of blackberries, hoisin, and chipotles sounds so good!


    • Thanks, Christin!

  • The blackberry preserves are a really unique addition to these tacos! I love how that and the hoisin make them a bit sweeter! That slaw is gorgeous!


    • Thank you so much, Shelby!

  • Tacos are seriously the best – I love how you can fill them with pretty much anything! This combination looks amazing – I love how you have used blackberry preserves in the chicken, and I can imagine how beautifully it would contrast with the crisp broccoli and apple slaw <3


    • Thanks so much, Claudia! I hope you try them out!

  • Yay for Taco Tuesday! These look so delicious and love the blackberry sauce 🙂


    • The best day of the week! 🙂

  • Your long weekend sounds fabulously fun, Liz! And then you made us these mouthwatering Tacos for us?… thank you!! OMGeee Taco Tuesday!! Congrats Liz! No doubt, to be enjoyed year round! I don’t do it enough. I can’t wait to have a taco tuesday on Vanilla And Bean! And these tacos…. the blackberries in that sauce sound incredibly flavorful. Paired with that crunchy slaw…. tangy, spicy, crunchy… well done my dear!


    • Awww…thanks for all the kind words, Traci!

  • Yay for taco tuesday! And these tacos! These look fantastic, Liz. It’s breakfast time right now, but I could totally go for one of these.


    • Totally acceptable for breakfast!

  • These tacos must be so good, I am always looking for a good taco to add to my rotation!


    • Yeah! I hope you try them out!

  • These look amazing, Liz! I’m totally for tacos all year!!


    • Thanks so much, Cindy! I appreciate the great compliment!

  • I am totally in love with the hoisin and blackberry flavors in the chicken, and way to use broccoli stems in the slaw, too! I’m always running out of ideas on what to do with those. Labor Day weekend was totally nothing but boxes, packing material, and dust for me, but I’m glad you had an awesome weekend!


    • Oh man, having just moved myself this summer I feel your pain. But hooray for a new place!

  • A big fat yes to Taco Tuesday! I can’t get over how delicious these tacos look. I’m loving the hoisin blackberry sauce. Pinned.


    • Thanks, Jennie! XO

  • Yay for taco tuesday!!! We LOVE taco night at our house! These sound fantastic – love that you used blackberry preserves!


    • Thanks, Ashley. I hope you try them out!

  • Taco Tuesday is totally worth celebrating! I love the Blackberry Hoisin on these tacos — way better than boring old regular tacos!


    • Best day of the week! Thanks, girlfriend!

  • Since I’m ALWAYS looking for a delicious and easy slow cooker recipe, I stumbled upon this recipe and made it last night for dinner and it was delicious!! Used chicken thighs with skin on, but removed most of the skin before placing it in the slow cooker. Removed the rest once it was finished cooking. Thanks for the delicious and unique recipe!


    • That’s so great to hear, Kayla. Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy that you tried it and loved it!

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  • Is there a reason to cook the chicken first?
    Wasn’t sure if it’s personal preference or something’s with the sauce.
    When I make chicken enchiladas in the slow cooker I don’t cook it first, so I’m curious!
    Can’t wait to try them out!!! Love me some tacos ?


    • Hi Ashley. The chicken gets cooked with the sauce in the slow cooker. So add the raw chicken with all the sauce ingredients to your slow cooker and turn it on. I can see how the wording in step 1 was maybe a bit confusing, so I’ve updated it. Thanks for asking!

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