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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

Hey hey, Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl! Flavorful, Mexican-inspired shredded chicken cooked in a Crockpot combined with rice, beans, corn, avocado, and drizzled with a delicious cilantro lime dressing. It’s a simple chicken burrito bowl dinner packed with so much yum!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BRIANNAS Fine Salad Dressings. All opinions and texts are mine.

A bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

If you like Mexican inspired meals, be sure to also check out Mexican Chicken Casserole and Chipotle Chicken Tostadas! Two easy and delicious recipe that reminds me a lot of this Chicken Burrito Bowl.

Why you need this Slow Cooker (Crockpot) Chicken Burrito Bowl

Whether you are meal prepping, or you have busy evenings, or just want something seriously yummy and satisfying, this Chicken Burrito Bowl is for you.

With Fall and winter around the corner, the slow cooker is my new best friend. I mean, who doesn’t love throwing everything into a pot that cooks itself? SIGN ME UP.

A solid slow cooker recipe is what all of us need in our hip pockets. Especially one that is as crazy tasty as this!

So why do you need this Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl? Let me count the ways…

  • Oh so easy! Let the slow cooker do ALL the hard work
  • Great flavors – chicken is cooked in tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, lime…not lacking in the flavor department over here!
  • Lots of textures – i.e. corn, beans, avocado, cilantro…
  • So versatile – mix and match to create the Chicken Burrito Bowl of your dreams
  • Leftovers! This recipe makes at least 6 servings (depending on how hungry you are) and will probably give you lunch and dinner for another day or two!
Bowl filled with chicken, corn, black beans, shredded cheese, avocados, cilantro and la wedge of lime

And yes, it tastes as dreamy as it looks….

Cooking chicken in slow cooker or crockpot

First, let’s talk about how to make the chicken. Think of this as a slow cooker (or some call it crockpot) chicken recipe inspired by yummy Mexican flavors, so you will find all the good stuff such as jalapeños, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro involved.

The best part is, with a crockpot and all the delicious spices/sauces we are adding, making the chicken flavorful, tender and delicious requires almost zero efforts.

Well, maybe a little effort. 😉 As little as combining all the ingredients into the slow cooker.

These ingredients are:

  • chicken – I used chicken breast, but chicken thighs work as well
  • chicken broth
  • salsa (I like to use chunky salsa, but pick your favorite!)
  • smoked paprika
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • BRIANNAS Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Just dump it all in the slow cooker, cover, and let it do its thing for 4 hours on high.

I do want to pause and take a moment to reflect on how much I’m loving BRIANNAS salad dressings. I recently discovered that they are not just amazing salad dressings, they actually have multiple super powers.

Chicken Burrito Bowl with BRIANNAS dressing in the background

Super power #1: makes salads taste amazing. But we know that already.

Super power #2: it’s an INCREDIBLE marinade. And works like magic in the crockpot!

That is right. Made out of quality ingredients, they make amazing marinades for your favorite protein. Like mind-blowing, over-the-fence, cannot-get-enough kind of incredible.

Here’s the best part: you can search for BRIANNAS dressings near you HERE and join in the fun!

This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing has yummy flavors of jalapeño, cilantro and lime in it, and it takes the flavors of our slow cooker chicken to the next level. In addition (because why stop there?), it also gives the sauce a slightly thicker, creamier texture.

Translation: I love this dressing; I love this Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl. Lots of love going around.

Once the chicken is cooked on high for 4 hours, shred it. You will find that the chicken will easily fall apart.

Shredding chicken in a crockpot using a pair of tongs
Shredded Chicken in the crockpot

Next, let the shredded chicken sit for about 10 minutes so it soaks in the yummy juices. Yum yum yum.

All the ways to serve Chicken Burrito Bowl!

Something else I love – the versatility of Chicken Burrito Bowl.

Serve the chicken with some (or all) of these yummy ingredients. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Make the Chicken Burrito Bowl of your dream.

Best of all, these ingredients take little to no time to prepare:

  • Rice – white or brown rice, or grab a box of Spanish rice or Mexican rice!
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tomatoes
  • Pico de Gallo
  • My Quick 15 Minutes Queso
  • My Homemade Guacamole
  • Jalapeños, if you like it spicy!

Squeeze some lime juice onto the bowl, drizzle it with more BRIANNAS’ Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

DIG IN and enjoy that lovely Chicken Burrito Bowl that you just tailor made for yourself!

A bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl with BRIANNAS dressing on the side

Flavorful, so much texture, pretty healthy, and so much going on in a simple bowl. I adore this delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl made in the slow cooker, and I have a suspicion that you would too!

Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional tips and tricks when making Chicken Burrito Bowl using the crockpot:

  • When shredding the chicken, use a pair of tongs and fork to shred it. It should come apart really easily!
  • Taste the chicken after you shred it, and if needed add salt to open up the flavors. I did not add salt, but whether salt is needed will depend on the chicken broth and/or salsa used.
A bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze Slow Cooker Chicken?

Absolutely! Store in an airtight container in either the refrigerator or freezer. If you are storing it in the refrigerator, consume within 5 days. They store really well and make great leftovers and meal prep! Store ingredients separately and tailor make your Chicken Burrito Bowl when ready to eat!

How do I make the chicken in the Instant pot?

Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes in the Instant Pot.

How do I make this low carb?

Use cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice.

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Other Slow Cooker Recipes!

OTHER MEXICAN INSPIRED RECIPES

I hope you enjoy! Happy slow cooking! 🙂 

Bowl filled with chicken, corn, black beans, shredded cheese, avocados, cilantro and la wedge of lime

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

Mexican-inspired slow cooker chicken bowl combined with rice, black beans, corn, avocado, cilantro, cheese, and drizzled with a creamy and zesty Cilantro Lime Dressing. Easy and delicious crockpot meal and meal prep.
4.77 from 163 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 645kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

  • 2-2.5 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 16 oz chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup BRIANNAS Cilantro Lime Dressing + more as drizzle
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Other ingredients for the bowl

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups frozen sweet corn
  • 1 16oz canned black beans, low sodium
  • 3 small avocados
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  • Add all "Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken" ingredients to slow cooker. Set on high and cook for 4 hours.
  • Shred chicken (it should come apart really easily!) and let it cook/sit for 10 more minutes. Optional: Add salt to taste if needed (mine was just right without additional salt but this may vary!)
  • Prepare the other ingredients – cook rice, heat up frozen corn and black beans in the microwave, chop cilantro, dice avocados, cut lime into wedges. (See Note 1)
  • Assemble rice bowls by adding rice, chicken, corn, black beans, and diced avocados to each bowl. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges. Drizzle with BRIANNAS Cilantro Lime Dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Note 1: To save time, start this step while waiting for chicken to cook!

Nutrition

Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 1077mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g
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87 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! It was so easy to make, had so many great flavors, and will last us several days! I love a great bowl, and this is definitely a fave now!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! That’s great, Sigrid! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, amazing flavor! This is definitely in my rotation. Thank you for the recipe! I made mine on a pressure cooker fue to limited time and came out delicious.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s great to know! Thanks for sharing Michelle!

  3. What would you use if you can not get the dressing? I am in England can’t get it here

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You can add a little cilantro, lime juice and a few tablespoons of sour cream. Or use another creamy Mexican dressing. Let me know what you end up doing and how it goes! Curious to hear about it!

  4. 5 stars
    So good! I’ve already made it several times. I use cauliflower rice and add bell pepper. My store hasn’t had the Brianna’s dressing for a while, so I’ve also used Hellmann’s cilantro lime sauce, which is a great back up. Definitely one of my favorite dinners right now!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s wonderful, Ashley! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was AMAZING! Highly recommend.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much!

  6. 5 stars
    Sooooooooo good like i had too many servings good. Also– I’ve recently been digging into Brianna’s dressings too and what a life changer! Literally every single one I’ve tried is amazing. I recommend the blush wine vinaigrette and asiago caesar 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Those are my favorites too!! SOO GOOD!! YUM!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Any suggestions on an alternative for Briannas dressing? It’s not availble where I live.

  8. Nevermind! I saw the other comments 🙂

  9. I have a crockpot pressure cooker. How long would you recommend to cook this dish?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      If you are pressure cooking, I would follow the instructions laid out for Instant Pot: pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Allow extra time for your equipment to build and release pressure.

  10. 5 stars
    This chicken was very good! We did chicken tacos instead of bowls, though. My kids used soft flour taco tortillas with basic toppings and I used soft corn tortillas for street tacos with onion, cilantro, fresh squeezed lime, and salsa Verde. Will definitely keep this in my rotation!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s wonderful! I love how versatile this recipe is. Thank you for sharing and for giving my recipe a try 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      7-8 hours

  11. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this turned out amazing! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!!

  12. Hi there! We love this recipe, it’s in our regular rotation 🙂 the last several times I’ve made it, the wet ingredients have become almost dried up and almost burnt by the time it reaches 4 hours. Around the 3 hour mark it starts to sound sizzle like it’s sticking to the inside of the crockpot. I have to add more broth or dressing to mix it well at the end. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      If that’s the case, try cooking it for ~3 hours. Once the chicken is cooked and shreddable, it should be ready. You can definitely add more salsa and chicken broth or dressing as well!

  13. Raveena Chinapen says:

    What if I don’t have a crockpot or pressure cooker how long can I cook it on the stove?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I would cook it on low/medium low on the stove until chicken is easily shreddable. Let me know how it goes!

  14. If you cut this recipe in half, how would you adjust the time cooking?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I would still keep the same cooking time!

  15. 5 stars
    this was so good!! my grocery store was out of the dressing so I used Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing and Marinade. Also added tomatoes at the end. I will definitely be making this again and again. thanks!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum!!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Hi, are the kcal count for each serving?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! kcal = calorie!

  17. Does the calorie count include the extras: rice, corn, etc?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes!

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is sooo good. I’ve made it for my husband numerous times. Great flavor and easy to put together. The Brianna’s dressing is perfect on top. Thank you!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much for your glowing feedback! So glad you have been enjoying it!