Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe

slow cooker salsa chicken rice bowl recipe - epicuricloud

Aahh...the "lazy days" of summer are just around the corner! 

LAZY days??  Who makes this stuff up?  Most of the summer we're still doing the same working, cooking, cleaning, schlepping kids around…only it's hot and humid!  Ha!  My tip for summer survival - keep your slow-cooker handy!

Yep, slow-cookers are not just for when the leaves are falling and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.  It can do the cooking while you're working, running around or sitting on the beach all summer long.  There's nothing like coming home to a dinner that's done!  And if that wasn't great enough - slow cookers save you money!  You can braise a large inexpensive cut of meat all day, making it tender and delicious.  It'll make enough to feed a crowd or to freeze for another meal.  

You know those summer days when you are wilted from the heat and you just can't bear to fire up the stovetop or oven - the slow-cooker gives off a lot less heat!  Love to grill?  Me too!  While you're grilling, your slow-cooker can handle the sides.  Baked beans, macaroni and cheese - even corn-on-the-cob and cornbread can be made in your slow-cooker!  Give me a grill and a slow-cooker and I'll be a happy camper all summer long!

I'm sharing one of my family's favorite slow-cooker recipes - Salsa Chicken Rice Bowls!  3-simple ingredients in your slow-cooker make this go-to dish.  It's great all year round, but I especially love it in the summer because it's light, full of flavor and you can top it with whatever summer veggies you like!  

Want more great warm weather slow-cooker recipes?  Me too!  I reached out to some other bloggers to bring you this round-up of great recipes.  Enjoy!

Warm Weather Slow-Cooker Favorites:

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Rice Bowl: Step-by-Step Photos

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe:

Christina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com
Serves 8
Prep. Time 5 minutes
Slow-Cooker Time 6 hours

Ingredients:
6 (approx. 3.5 pounds) boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 cups salsa
4 tablespoons (2-ounces) taco seasoning
Hot brown rice for serving (1/2 – 1 cup per person)

Topping Ideas:
Salsa
Sour Cream
Black Beans
Shredded Cheese
Black olives
Pickled jalapenos
Salsa
Shredded lettuce
Avocado
Cilantro
Lime wedges to squeeze
Tortilla Chips

Directions:
Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.  Stir together salsa, taco seasoning and pour over chicken.  Cook in slow-cooker for 6 hours on low.  Remove chicken to cutting board and use two forks to pull chicken into bite-sized pieces, then stir back into salsa mixture.  Serve chicken mixture over rice and top with whichever toppings sound good to you! 

Notes:  
The cooked chicken mixture freezes well.  It is also a great filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas.

Frozen brown rice is a great time saver.

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Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe - epicuricloud

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