Slow-Cooker Chicken & Brown Rice with Roasted Corn & Black Beans


With plenty of spice from ground cumin, cayenne and paprika and the bit of char that frozen roasted sweet corn brings to the dish, you won't miss the browning step in this easy load-and-go recipe. If frozen roasted corn isn't available, substitute regular.

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Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 ¾ cups frozen roasted corn kernels

  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen cooked brown rice

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • Cotija cheese and lime wedges for serving


  1. Combine broth, tomato paste, cumin, garlic, paprika, cayenne, pepper and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add chicken, beans and corn. Cover and cook on Low until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 hours.

  2. Increase heat to High. Gently stir in rice and 3/4 cup cilantro. Cover and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve topped with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, cotija and lime wedges, if desired.


6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
7g Fat
57g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/3 cups
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Vitamin A 682IU 14%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 22mcg 6%
Vitamin K 13mcg 11%
Sodium 271mg 12%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 73mg 17%
Potassium 710mg 15%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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