Slow-Cooker Chicken & Rice Bowls


A bowl of tender shredded chicken, hot cooked rice and slightly spicy black beans served with fresh toppings is a meal that will satisfy anytime. Make this slow-cooker chicken dish on the weekend and reheat throughout the week for easy at-work lunches or dinner at the end of a long day. For a variation, swap the brown rice for a grain medley.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock

  • 2 (8.8 ounce) packages precooked microwavable brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's Ready Rice)

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups fresh pico de gallo

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced radishes (about 5 radishes)

  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Sprinkle the chicken with the cumin, black pepper, coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Place the chicken in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the stock; cover and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender, about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken from the slow cooker to a cutting board, reserving the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the bones. Toss the chicken with 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid from the slow cooker and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Prepare the rice according to the package directions. Stir together the beans, oil, and cayenne in a small microwavable bowl; microwave on HIGH until thoroughly heated, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide the chicken, rice, beans, and pico among 8 shallow bowls; top evenly with the radishes and avocado. Garnish with the cilantro leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
17g Fat
40g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1/2 cup chicken, 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cup beans, 1/4 cup pico
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 40g 80%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 615mg 27%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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