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Aright friends… it’s back to the daily grind. Today I’m sharing a super yummy recipe: Taco bowls! I admit I’m having a bit of post holiday depression. Do you ever get that way? I always love a new year for a fresh start, but I’m a little sad the holidays are over. Not to mention my inbox is terrifying. It felt really good to take a week off, but now it’s time to catch up. Someone give me motivation! ;)

I do have a super yummy recipe for you today. These chicken taco bowls are delish! My husband even declared them his new FAVORITE dish. Now that’s saying something. I think I’ll be adding this meal to my menu again this month. Speaking of… would you guys like me to post my menu’s again?

Okay so there are a few reasons why I love this dish…

1. You can throw it all in a crock pot (in less than 5 minutes).

2. It’s healthy!

3. You can freeze the leftovers. Just place the chicken in a freezer zip lock bag and pull it out when you need a quick meal.

The shredded chicken also works great in tacos or burritos!

Chicken taco bowl

Delicious chicken taco bowls


  • 11/2 lb chicken 4 large frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1/2 lime juiced about 1/2 TB


  1. Place chicken in a large crock pot and pour water and salsa over the chicken. Next add in chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic, lime juice, black beans and corn. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or until chicken easily shreds.
  2. Serve over rice. Optional: top with cheese, avocados, sour cream and serve with tortilla chips.


When I’m in a hurry I’ll throw a brown rice bag in the microwave (they’re from Costco and they only take 3 minutes to cook)… but if I have some time I will make cilantro lime rice (the BEST).

Cilantro lime rice


  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white long rice
  • juice and zest 1 large lime
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet melt butter with rice. Add the chicken broth and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Enjoy!! Let me know how you like it.

You’ll love these too:

Stuffed bell pepper with quinoa

Taco soup

Green chile enchiladas 

Hope you guys are having a happy new year! xo


Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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37 Responses to “Delicious chicken taco bowls”

  1. Tiffany Best

    This looks delicous! Where in Costco do you find the brown rice bags? I would love to pick some up but have not seen them before.

  2. Katie

    I saw this on facebook earlier today- the taco bowls look GREAT and I am excited to try them! However, I am having a bit of trouble seeing the recipe. It may be my computer, but I can see the cilantro lime recipe, so I’m not sure. Thanks for any help with this!

  3. Jennysue

    Yes! sounds delish! the best part is that I don’t have to thaw the chicken!! Totally need more recipes like this. Thank YOU!!

  4. Kimm at REINVENTED

    Love this recipe, and it’s perfect for busy families! I am determined to get serious about menu planning this year, so I, for one, would be quite grateful if you posted your menus. :)

  5. Donna Howard

    Love this!! We are watching carbs, so we just made the chicken and put it on romaine leaves! Yum!!!!

  6. Kristen Rikli

    I think these look fantastic! I think my son and his friends would all like them too; especially after a day of sledding :)

  7. DianaD

    This sounds fantastic! I buy frozen chicken tenders at costco all the time to use in recipes. Very easy to just pull a few pieces out and throw in a pot for soups or recipes like this one. Have some picky eaters in my house but I think this one they will love. Will be trying out this week. And yes please post your menu again. I am a new reader here. Just found you a few days ago and love my daily emails.

  8. Meghan

    Soooo yummy! Made these tonight, and they’re a definite addition to my recipe rotation!

  9. Terri

    This sounds so yummy….and easy! And yes, please post your menus again. I love getting new ideas for my menus. By the way, I love your blog!

  10. linda payne

    I made this and enjoyed it as a taco bowl but I had some lefted over and I put it in a quesadilla – it was the bomb

  11. Ann

    Made this tonight and had a little bit of BBQ sauce in a bottle, so I mixed that with the water. It added a nice zing to it! Super easy recipe and super delicious!

  12. Jennysue

    I have made these twice now and just had to come back to say how much we love them!! My husband doesn’t usually rave about food even when he likes it but he couldn’t stop saying how “Super yummy” this was. The chicken itself is wonderful and can be used so many ways (tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, salad, etc.) but with that cilantro-lime rice it is absolutely awesome. AND it is so easy to make :) Thank you!

  13. Betty

    I’m from South Texas & like a lot flavor in my food. I did triple the spices in this recipe. This is really good and I made enchiladas out of some of the leftovers. My grandson raved over the enchiladas. With the rest of the leftovers I’m going to try making taco soup. I’ll add chicken broth and then tear up a few corn tortillas and throw those in the last few minutes. This made several meals for us. I just divided it up and put it in the freezer. It freezes very well.

    • Jamielyn

      I’m glad you got so many meals out of this chicken! Thanks for your comment Betty, it is always nice to hear new ways to use my old recipes! :)

  14. CB

    Recipe looks great, I have it in the slow cooker now. I added chopped onion, jalapeno and some ground pepper. Going to chop up some cilantro to add on top after it’s finished. Can’t wait until it’s ready!