Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

photo creds: thekitchn.com

Love a meal you can easily prep, leave for a few hours and come back to it being complete. The beauty of slow-cooking. thekitchn.com offers up this Mexican-kitchen-sink, if you will. Loads of optional ingredients to make it the way you like.

Size: serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, chicken thighs, or a mix
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 to 1 1/4 cups chicken stock, divided
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 cup brown rice
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
1 cup frozen corn
Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce

Directions:

Combine the chicken breast, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of chicken stock, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the bowl of a 2 1/2 to 3, 1-2 quart slow cooker. Make sure the chicken is covered. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Remove the lid and add the rice, black beans, frozen corn, and another 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Replace the lid and continue cooking on low for another 3 to 4 hours*. Check the rice periodically in the last hour of cooking, stirring once or twice to make sure the rice cooks evenly and adding more chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Cooking is done when the rice is tender… if the rice is done while there is still liquid left in the slow cooker, remove the lid and cook on high to let the liquid evaporate.
Total cooking time from start to finish is 6 to 8 hours.

Use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can do this either in the slow cooker itself and then mix it into the rice, or you can transfer the chicken to a cutting board if you prefer to keep it separate. Taste the burrito mix and stir in more salt or other seasonings to taste.

Serve burrito bowls with a selection of toppings listed above. The burrito mixture will keep for 1 week refrigerated or for 3 months in the freezer. Makes about a total of 7 cups.

* If you won’t be home to add the rice to the slow cooker, you can skip this step and cook it separately on the stovetop just before serving. Another possible modification… combine the chicken, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of stock, and spices in the slow cooker and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. Add the black beans and corn, and cook for another 1/2 hour, or until warmed through, while you’re cooking the rice (omit the remaining chicken stock).


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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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