Game day party recipes need to be enough to give guests energy to cheer on their teams. But they also need to be meaty, cheesy, and have a dash of health. Not so much health that it is noticeable but enough that it can be used as an excuse to eat it. Try crockpot chicken bowls to meet all the above.
Crockpot chicken bowls make perfect party food recipes or game day recipes to keep the party fueled with easy to make party food ideas. Crockpots make great meals, but they also make great party foods. In fact, chicken bowls are the perfect party foods.
These bowls have everything, the meat, the cheese, the beans, the veggies, what else is served at a game day party? You can even top of the finished dish with dips like guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Basically, these crockpot chicken bowls are entire food tables put into one delicious meal.
The best part is, there will be enough for everyone. This recipe is like a casserole so people can serve themselves straight from the crockpot. There are some more serving tips but let’s get to the recipe first.
Crockpot Chicken Bowls Ingredients
There is so much to love about this recipe but one thing to love about the ingredients. You can use many of them in different dishes. That means more food, less money spent. For example, the chicken breast can be shredded and then some of it can be turned into taco filling or a chicken sandwich.
The pinto beans, tomatoes, Colby Jack cheese, and green onions can all be turned into a different dip. You can also use the guacamole as itself, guacamole. The seasonings will just come in handy all year long like the cumin, chili powder, or garlic powder.
Ultimately, this dish and this recipe in general are versatile. These ingredients can be bought fresh and prepared yourself. But you can also buy canned versions of some of them. There is an argument to be made for freshness, but ease always wins out.
Serving Food at a Party
One great idea would be to make a burrito station at your party. Guests can start out with a simple plate and tortilla. They can go down the table to add the chicken bowl to the tortilla, and then choose their toppings. This is a fun way to use this recipe but not the only way to serve it.
You can also do something simple like a burrito bowl, a taco bowl, or even use it as a chip dip. Of course, you will want to make sure the chips you use are ready for the dip. It will be chunky, and it will be heavy, but it will also be amazing.
Tips for Shredding Chicken
This crockpot chicken bowls recipe requires the chicken to be shredded. You can absolutely cube the chicken instead but shredded is easier for parties. The first step is to make sure the chicken breast you use is boneless and skinless.
The last thing you want is crispy skin or bones getting in the way. You could easily use two forks to help shred the chicken but there is a hack for this. The answer is a hand mixer. That’s right use a hand mixer on the lowest setting to break up the chicken breast.
Just place the cooked chicken breast in a large mixing bowl and get to shredding with the hand mixer. It will save you time and effort. Just don’t over shred it.
Crockpot Chicken Bowls Directions
Place chicken breast in a crockpot.
Add seasoning and pour in broth and canned tomatoes.
Cook on high for 4 hours or until chicken has internal temperature of 165.
Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred with two forks or hand mixer.
Stir in rice and beans and combine.
Add shredded chicken back to the crockpot and stir.
Cook on high until the rice is done or preferred texture and liquid has evaporated, approximately 1 hour.
Next, add shredded cheese, green onions, diced tomatoes to the top of the crockpot mixture and cook for about 10 more minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
Serve in bowls with preferred toppings.
Another great option with this dish is to make burritos with flour tortillas.
Crockpot Chicken Bowls
- 1.5-2 Lbs Chicken Breast Boneless, skinless
- 1 15oz Can of Pinto Beans Or black beans
- 1 15 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
- 3 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- Salt & Pepper To taste
- 1 Cup Long Grain Rice
- 1 Cup Colby Jack Cheese
- Green Onions Diced
- Fresh Diced Tomatoes
- Place chicken breast in a crockpot.
- Add seasoning and pour in broth and canned tomatoes.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or until chicken has internal temperature of 165.
- Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred with two forks or hand mixer.
- Stir in rice and beans and combine.
- Add shredded chicken back to the crockpot and stir.
- Cook on high until the rice is done or preferred texture and liquid has evaporated, approximately 1 hour.
- Next, add shredded cheese, green onions, diced tomatoes to the top of the crockpot mixture and cook for about 10 more minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
- Serve in bowls with preferred toppings.
- Another great option with this dish is to make burritos with flour tortillas.
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