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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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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 271 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


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


  • 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!


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


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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  1. I am going to make this for dinner tomorrow, will update then!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Can’t wait for you to try it!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this three times now, and my whole family loves it, even my picky 9 year old! The first two times, I didn’t have any of the Brianna’s dressing, so I made my own. The third time, I tried it with the Brianna’s, and I have to say I didn’t like it quite as much. It’s too sweet for my taste. That said, this is a fabulous recipe that can easily be modified for people who prefer savory over sweet.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Katie! I’m so glad you’ve made it your own and enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing

    2. How did you make your own dressing?

  3. Tifferiffic says:

    5 stars
    Wow! That dressing really is amazing! I actually had to improvise a bit. Didn’t have time to do it slow in the crock pot but the chicken still shredded just fine. My husband and I loved it!
    Also tip- the best thing to shred meats with is your kitchenaid mixer! Use the paddle attachment and it shreds it like a dream!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Great tip!! I’ll need to remember to do that!!

  4. Madelyn Suniga says:

    I’m doubling the amount of chicken. Should I adjust the cooking time and should I double all other ingredients as well?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You will need to double the ingredients but you shouldn’t need to double the cook time. You can cook for an additional hour or so, but check at the 4 hours mark and if chicken is shreddable then it’s done

  5. I love this recipe and making it tonight! Can you do it with frozen chicken?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I typically do not recommend cooking frozen chicken in the slow cooker – just to be safe!

  6. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! Can it be cooked on low?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! You can cook this on low for 7-8 hours.

  7. 5 stars
    Can this be a freezer meal? Would you freeze before cooking it in the crockpot or after?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes. It freezes really well. I would cook the chicken before freezing. Hope that helps!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Katie!

  8. is the macros per serving or total amount?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      should be per serving

  9. Currently eating this.. it’s amazing!

    1. Joyous Apron says:


  10. Jenny McElwain says:

    5 stars
    Simple and DELICIOUS! If you want to add some other flavors, you could try any of these: cojita cheese, red or orange peppers, and/or chia seeds in with the chicken (they are practically invisible, add antioxidants and protein). Enjoy this awesome recipe

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for sharing all the different variations! And I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Jenny. 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Turned out amazing! will be making again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s awesome!!

  12. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Improvised a bit with what I had on hand, vegetable stock vs chicken. Time to find another one of your recipes to try.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Wonderful! I hope you love the others just as much! Let me know how it goes!

  13. 5 stars
    My guests went back for seconds so I knew it was a hit.

    1. Joyous Apron says:


  14. 5 stars
    We made the chicken for our meal prep for the week and it was delicious! I would definitely make it again and would use the chicken in a bowl. It was tasty and the chicken was very tender. I topped with a little green cholula and shredded cheese and brought for lunch. Perfect! I’m printing the recipe now. 🙂

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! Thank you for giving the recipe a try and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it!!