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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, Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada 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!

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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.
4.76 from 250 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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109 Comments

  1. Allie Chatham says:

    5 stars
    Yummy! I was excited to try this recipe, and it met expectations! I really loved the dressing. When I added it to the crockpot, it smelled so good. And you definitely want to drizzle some on top of your burrito bowl once assembled. It pulls all the flavors together. I will be making this again soon. Thanks, MinShien!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Gotta love that BRIANNAS dressing!!

  2. I can’t wait to try this one, especially as I love your Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork recipe!
    I just have one problem…I don’t live in the states so can’t get the dressing for this. Any homemade substitutes you can recommend?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork! There isn’t a direct substitute for the dressing that will make it tastes exactly the same, but you can try adding some lime juice, cilantro, some Mexican inspired spices (cumin, chili powder etc), to bring some additional flavor to the dish. Let me know how that goes!

  3. whitney Tanigawa says:

    Looks amazing ! Is it possible to make this in my instapot ?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Absolutely!

    2. How do you adjust recipe for instant pot cooking?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      For Instant Pot cooking, add all the slow cooker ingredients into Instant Pot (make sure there is sauce at the bottom to to prevent ‘burn notice’ warning from appearing when the IP is building pressure), then cook on high pressure for 10-12 minutes. Release pressure naturally, and then shred chicken! Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes in the Instant Pot!

  4. 5 stars
    I found this on Pinterest- I’m currently pregnant and was looking for an easy recipe. Sooooo yummy! I will definitely be making this again! Shared the recipe with all my friends.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad you found it!! And even more glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      YAY!! 🙂

    2. How long would I leave it in if I put it in the crock pot on low?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      7-8 hours!

  5. This recipe sounds great. Unfortunately, I don’t have a slow cooker, and my NYC kitchen is too small for me to ever get one. Is there some way to make this on the stovetop?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! You can definitely cook this on the stovetop, and you will not need to cook it for as long. I would cook it slowly on medium low heat, and cook it until you are able to shred the chicken with a fork. You may want to add more chicken broth as it will likely dry up faster when cooking on the stovetop.

    2. Should I cook it in, say, a Dutch oven with the lid on?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      I think that will work really well!

    4. How long should it cook on medium/low in Dutch oven?

    5. Joyous Apron says:

      Try for ~30 minutes or whenever you can easily shred it. It is totally okay to cook for longer as long as you cook it on low.

  6. Lauren Malais says:

    I’m going to make this while we’re at the beach, so I’d like to start cooking the chicken in the morning on low. How many hours will it need to cook on low? (I’ll also be tripling the recipe, so I’ll have more chicken in my slow cooker!)

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Cook it on low for at least 8 hours! Let me know how it goes!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome..the flavor of the chicken and other ingredients is so good..I used avocado lime dressing and we loved it! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay!! Love hearing that and so glad you enjoyed the dressing! Thank you for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this on the stove top and it is a delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Can I put the rice, corn & black beans in to cook with the chicken? & if so do you recommend putting it in an hour or two after I put the chicken ingredients in?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You can add the corn and black beans (make sure to drain well if you are using canned) to cook with the chicken if you’d like. And I would do it only for the last hour. I personally would not add the rice to it as the rice would become mushy sitting in the liquid for too long.

    2. Awesome thank you!!

  10. If I cook in the instant pot but my chicken is frozen what do you recommend?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes, but depending on the size of the chicken you might want to increase the cook time slightly.

  11. How long would I cook in the crockpot if I’m using frozen chicken?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I would defrost the chicken before cooking it in the slow cooker! I would not recommend cooking frozen chicken in the slow cooker.

  12. Kelly Prososki says:

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING!! Top 5 favorite dinner bowls. So many flavors, thank you.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! LOVE hearing that!

  13. Sandy Lerch says:

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time yesterday. I am always trying new recipes because I get bored with food, but I have to say that this was extremely delicious and tons of wonderful flavors! I highly recommend that you try this!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for the kind review, Sandy! I’m glad you liked it!

  14. Does anyone know what the serving size of this dish is to meet the nutritional info at the bottom?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I would say it is approximately less than a cup of rice with about 1/2-3/4 cup of shredded chicken along with however much veggies and topping you add to it.

  15. There’s a lot of liquid in the crock pot with my chi ken right now. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Initially there should be a lot of liquid but once the chicken is cooked and shredded it will soak up some of the liquid

  16. 5 stars
    This was so good and easy to make! I made it for myself, and it has lasted me all week! Super healthy and convenient. I highly recommend it! I fed some to my friends and they were amazed at how good it was, definitely a crowd pleaser. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You are so welcome Natalie! Happy to hear you and your friends enjoyed it!

  17. Traci Winkler says:

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night. It was fantastic. I used chicken thighs and the worked great.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! I bet it tastes so good with chicken thighs. I’m a big dark meat fan too!

  18. 4 stars
    Can I substitute another dressing? I can’t stand cilantro and neither can my family. The rest sounds good but I need a different dressing suggestion if possible to go with this.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! You can definitely do that. I would say most Mexican inspired dressing could work. Or can you also use sour cream instead of the dressing, or omit the dressing completely.

  19. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I cut the recipe in half and there was still plenty! We made cilantro lime rice, left out the corn, and added tortilla strips, cheese, and pico de gallo! So good!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Crissy! Thank you for sharing!