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Create a healthy, easy-to-make, delicious single serving Chicken Burrito Bowl in a slow cooker, brimming with tender chicken, sweet corn, hearty black beans, and juicy tomatoes. Irresistible!

This is a scaled-down version of one of my family’s favorite recipes! Add everything to the slow cooker in the morning and by dinnertime, you’ve got a fabulous meal for one.

Looking for more single serving slow cooker recipes? You’ll love our zesty Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, hearty Slow Cooker Pot Roast, and our classic Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple Preparation: Assemble the ingredients, set the slow cooker, and wait for the magic to happen.
  • Adaptable: Customize the recipe with a variety of toppings and side options.
  • Nutritionally Balanced: Offers a mix of proteins, carbs, and veggies for a well-rounded meal.
  • Filling Yet Light: Satisfies without leaving you feeling overly full.

If you’re searching for a delicious and easy-to-follow recipe that delivers the perfect amount of Mexican-inspired flavors just for you, you’ve come to the right place. Our Chicken For One Burrito Bowl recipe made in a slow cooker is designed to satisfy your cravings while providing the ultimate convenience.

Here, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process, provide detailed measurements and preparation methods, and offer plenty of tips for personalizing your dish. We will also guide you on the right equipment needed, specifically focusing on the ideal slow cooker size for single servings. Whether you’re aiming to spice things up or mellow it down, or perhaps you’re wondering how to go about it if you don’t have a slow cooker, we’ve got you covered. Let’s embark on this culinary adventure together!

What Is A Chicken Burrito Bowl?

The Chicken Burrito Bowl is a beloved staple of Mexican cuisine, served deconstructed, right in a bowl. It starts with a base of lettuce or rice, topped with a symphony of flavors including succulent chicken, sweet corn, black beans, and juicy diced tomatoes. To make it truly your own, garnish it with creamy sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, fragrant cilantro, and rich avocados. The adaptability, tantalizing flavor palette, and convenience make the Chicken Burrito Bowl a favorite among food lovers.

chicken and vegetables over rice in a blue bowl.

Choosing The Right Slow Cooker For Single Serving Recipes

Cooking for one doesn’t mean compromising on taste or meal diversity. A small slow cooker, especially a 1.5 to 2-quart model, is the perfect kitchen appliance for preparing delicious, single-serving meals with ease. This compact slow cooker is well-suited for cooking smaller portions, offering a long, slow cooking process that beautifully combines your ingredients, resulting in a deeply flavorful and satisfying single-serving meal. From easy slow cooker recipes for one to more elaborate creations, this appliance is a game-changer for solo cooking.

Ingredients

ingredients in a slow cooker chicken burrito bowl on a kitchen counter.
  • Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. If you’ve got extra pieces of chicken, consider using them in Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Nuggets, and Kung Pao Chicken.
  • Tomatoes: Use 1 cup of canned diced tomatoes with the juices from the can. I spoon the tomatoes from the can, ensuring I get some of the juices. Instead of canned tomatoes, feel free to use 1 medium-sized fresh tomato, but you will need to add about 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of extra broth. If you have leftover diced tomatoes, they can be used in Chicken Tacos and Spanish Rice.
  • Chicken broth: I like using low-sodium chicken broth and adding additional salt if needed. We use chicken broth in many of our single serving soup recipes. If you have any leftover, use it in Lasagna Soup, Zuppa Toscana, and even Chicken Stew!
  • Chili powder and cumin: These spices add a tremendous amount of flavor.
  • Black beans: Use canned, rinsed, and drained black beans. Leftover beans can be added to Baked Black Bean Tacos and to a Guacamole Salad.
  • Corn: Use fresh, frozen, or canned corn. I almost always have a bag of frozen corn in my freezer. Toss the frozen corn into the slow cooker, no need to thaw it first. Use extra corn in a Mexican Street Corn Salad and in a small batch of Corn Muffins.
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, chopped cilantro, sour cream
  • To serve: Serve with cooked rice or over lettuce.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

Recipe Variations

  • Vegetarian Variation: Replace the chicken with tofu or a plant-based protein to create a hearty vegetarian burrito bowl.
  • Seafood Variation: Swap out the chicken for shrimp or fish for a refreshing seafood twist. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly as seafood cooks faster than chicken.
  • Whole Grains Variation: Instead of serving over traditional white rice, try using brown rice, farro, or quinoa for added fiber and nutrients.
  • Extra Veggie Variation: Incorporate additional vegetables into the mix like sautéed bell peppers, onions, or zucchini for an extra serving of veggies and added crunch.
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How To Make A Chicken Burrito Bowl

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make a chicken burrito bowl in a slow cooker. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of a 1.5 quart or 2 quart slow cooker.
chicken in the base of a small slow cooker.
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, chili powder, and cumin.
canned diced tomatoes and seasonings in a small bowl.
  1. Pour over the chicken, cover with the lid, and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.
chicken and tomatoes in a small slow cooker.
  1. Remove the lid and using two forks, shred the chicken. Add the beans and corn. Cover with the lid and cook for an additional hour.
  2. After cooking, taste and season with additional salt, if necessary.
shredded chicken, tomatoes, beans, and corn in a slow cooker.
  1. Add rice to a bowl and pour the chicken, beans, corn, and tomatoes along with the sauce over the rice.
  2. Top with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, and avocado slices, if desired.
a deconstructed chicken burrito in a bowl.

Expert Tips

  • Trim the chicken of fat before slow cooking.
  • Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.
  • For optimal flavor and texture, serve immediately.
  • Or, spoon the chicken mixture into homemade tortillas.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this dish over rice for a traditional experience, or over lettuce for a low-carb option. Top with favorites like avocado, sour cream, or shredded cheese.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size slow cooker should be used to make a single serving slow cooker recipe?

For this chicken burrito bowl recipe, I use a 1.5-quart slow cooker. For best results, use a slow cooker or Crockpot of similar size.

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Can I use leftover chicken in this single serving Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe?

Yes, if you have leftover cooked chicken, you can certainly use it in this recipe.

Can I make this Chicken Burrito Bowl spicier?

Yes! Add chopped jalapenos, cayenne pepper, or spicy salsa for a kick.

Can I make a Chicken Burrito Bowl if I don’t have a slow cooker?

You can prepare this dish on the stovetop. Sauté the chicken until cooked, then add the other ingredients and simmer until heated through.

Is a Chicken Burrito Bowl gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free. Always double-check your ingredient labels if you have a severe allergy.

Can I add rice to the slow cooker?

Certainly. This recipe can indeed be made using 1/4 cup of instant brown rice. After the chicken has been slow-cooked for three hours, add the rice and ensure it’s thoroughly mixed with the other ingredients. I’ve experimented with regular long-grain brown rice, but found that it takes an inordinate amount of time to cook in the slow cooker. So, if you intend to cook the rice in the slow cooker, I recommend using instant brown rice.
Another option would be to use our baked brown rice recipe or our baked white rice recipe and bake the rice while the chicken is cooking.

chicken burrito filling in a bowl.

Satisfy Your Cravings With These Single Serving Slow Cooker Recipes

After mastering the single serving slow cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl, you might be itching to try more recipes that are perfect for a cozy meal for one. From tangy Chicken Piccata to savory Red Beans and Rice, these slow cooker recipes are not only convenient but absolutely delicious.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl For One

4.97 from 27 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Create a delectable, single-serving Chicken Burrito Bowl in a slow cooker, brimming with tender chicken, sweet corn, hearty black beans, and juicy tomatoes. Irresistible!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast or use boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with the juice
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup canned black beans , drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • Optional: ½ to 1 cup of cooked rice , or serve with shredded lettuce
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, avocado slices, chopped cilantro, sour cream

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken in the bottom of a 1.5 quart or 2 quart slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, chili powder, and cumin.
  • Pour over the chicken, cover with the lid, and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.
  • Remove the lid and using two forks, shred the chicken. Add the beans and corn. Cover with the lid and cook for an additional hour.
  • After cooking, taste and season with additional salt, if necessary.
  • Add rice to a bowl, if using and pour the chicken, beans, corn, and tomatoes along with the sauce over the rice.
  • Top with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, and avocado slices, if desired.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Trim the chicken of fat before slow cooking.
  • Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.
  • For optimal flavor and texture, serve immediately.
  • Or, spoon the chicken mixture into homemade tortillas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 401kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 62g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 565mg, Potassium: 822mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 285IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. This is delicious and so easy to make. I will have leftovers to freeze for later. Thank you for all the great recipes and tips. You are my “go to” for recipes.

  2. I don’t like black beans. Can a girl please use the old-school stand-by of refrieds or canned pintos? If so, how would one adjust? Thanks!
    p.s. ODK was a brilliant idea – the world needs this website and the fabulous woman who looks after so many people she doesn’t even know.

    1. Another type of canned beans such as pintos or kidney beans would be absolutely fine to use. I would not recommend using refried beans in the slow cooker because they don’t do well when cooked with the mixture, but you could definitely add them to your bowl after it has cooked.

    1. You can but you will need to add an extra 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the slow cooker. So, add a total of 3/4 cup of chicken broth in Step 2 instead of 1/4 cup.

  3. Hi Joanie,

    It’s me again. I don’t have a slow cooker because I’m traveling through Mexico and everything has to fit in my car when I move. Is there another way to cook this recipe? It sounds amazingly good.

    Adios,

    Teresa

    1. Hi Teresa,

      You could actually bake or grill the chicken with the spices separately, cook the rice separately, and then add the rest of the ingredients.

    1. Hi Maggie,

      Yes, you can but you’ll need to allow more time for the rice to cook. I would suggest checking to see if the rice is done every 30 minutes after the the entire cooking time has finished.

      Joanie

  4. Winner winner chicken dinner. Faster and easier to shred chicken breast with portable mixer but definitely another keeper!