Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowl
Photo by Jennifer Meier
Ratings (10)
  • Total: 5 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
852 Calories
39g Fat
68g Carbs
59g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This crockpot burrito bowl recipe made with quinoa instead of white rice is all about the garnishes. Pile on sour cream, green onions, salsa, hot sauce, and avocado. It's a one-pot, one bowl meal that's perfect for family dinners. It is also really good leftover the next day for breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can diced tomatoes (or tomato puree)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1 bell pepper (finely chopped or thinly sliced)
  • 1 (15 ounces) can pinto beans or black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a slow cooker, combine chicken, broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili powder, garlic powder, coriander, and salt. Cook the chicken on high for 3 hours.

  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with a fork and knife. Put the chicken back in the slow cooker. Add quinoa, bell pepper, and beans. Cook on low for 2 more hours.

  3. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Continue to cook until the cheese melts.

  4. To serve, spoon the chicken and quinoa into individual serving bowls. Each person can top it with plenty of their favorite garnishes.

Refrigerate any leftovers. You can reheat them in the microwave and top with garnishes for a quick lunch or dinner.

Quinoa

Quinoa pronounced "KEEN-wah" is a gluten-free seed (often called a grain) that has been grown for thousands of years in South America. It has the highest protein content of all grains and is considered a complete protein.

The most common type of quinoa is white. However, you will also see red, black or mixed quinoa sold at grocery stores. For the most part, white, black and red quinoa taste the same, although the red and black quinoa can have a slightly earthier flavor and chewier texture.

Before cooking quinoa, it is usually recommended that you rinse it in water. However, rinsing quinoa isn't as crucial as you might think. Many brands of quinoa have been polished or pre-washed to remove the bitter but harmless coating (called saponin).

Not rinsing quinoa isn't harmful, but quinoa can have a slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed. To rinse quinoa, swish it around in a bowl of water then drain using a fine mesh strainer, or just run water over the quinoa while it's in the strainer.

Chicken Thighs or Breasts?

You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe instead of thighs. But expect the meat to be drier and less flavorful than thigh meat. One way to combat dry chicken breasts: soak them in a salt/sugar/water brine before cooking the meat.