Delicious Chicken Taco Bowls


Delicious Chicken Taco Bowls… a super-yummy and easy recipe! Easy to make in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you are!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! 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 and my whole family loves them!
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?

Why I Love These Chicken Taco Bowls…

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

2. It’s some-what 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 leftover shredded chicken also works great in tacos or burritos!

Chicken Taco Bowl Video


Chicken Taco Bowl Printable Recipe

Delicious Chicken Taco Bowls & Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 6 servings


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

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. 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. Make the rice: 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. Add more chili powder and salt if desired.
3. Serve chicken 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).


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


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm (#

    I don’t know why I don’t think of doing a taco bowl like this more often! They seem much easier than doing individual tacos. Winner, for sure :)

    • Jamielyn posted on January 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#

      Thanks Loretta! They are definitely easier than tacos and just as yummy! Winner for sure! :)

  2. Tiffany Best posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm (#

      Thanks Tiffany! I found them in the freezer section next to the vegetables.

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm (#

    YUM! Jamielyn, this looks awesome. I love to make Cilantro Lime Rice, but hadn’t thouhgt of trying a taco bowl too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Eliza posted on January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm (#

    Looks delish! Do you shred the chicken after it has cooked?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#

      Yes, I usually stir it with a fork right before serving and the chicken falls apart really easy. Hope that helps!

  5. Katie posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#

    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!

  6. Jennysue posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm (#

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

  7. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm (#

    I hear ya on getting back to the grindstone. And routins. These taco bowls sound delish!!

  8. KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm (#

    Looks yummy! Think I will put this on our plan for next week. Pinning, thanks!

  9. Kimm at REINVENTED posted on January 3, 2013 at 4:44 am (#

    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. :)

  10. Donna Howard posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:26 am (#

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

  11. Kristen Rikli posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:47 am (#

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

  12. DianaD posted on January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am (#

    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.

  13. Jenny posted on January 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#

    This is a new recipe that I need to try!!! I would love for you to link it up at my linky party, – My readers would also love this recipe!!!

  14. Meghan posted on January 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm (#

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

  15. Terri posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#

    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!

  16. Jennysue posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm (#

    In the Crockpot right now! Smell divine! Can’t wait :)

    • Jennysue posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm (#


  17. Julia posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm (#

    Tried it and loved it. Thank you!!

  18. Becky @ Sugar-n-Spice Gals posted on January 5, 2013 at 10:53 am (#

    This looks and sounds so delicious! I also love all of your cleaning tips that you just posted. Such great ideas :)

  19. linda payne posted on January 11, 2013 at 11:35 am (#

    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

  20. shari posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:32 am (#

    sounds really good. do you kno the nuttrition fcts

    • Jamielyn posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm (#

      Hi Shari! These bowls are about 300 calories per serving without any extra added toppings. :)

  21. Ann posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm (#

    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!

  22. Jill posted on February 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#

    I made this the other night – here’s what I thought!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm (#

      Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  23. Jennysue posted on February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#

    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!

    • Sheila posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm (#

      How many does this serve? thanks :-)

      • Jamielyn posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm (#

        It serves about 4-6! :)

  24. kelly posted on January 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm (#

    This looks great! I just got back from Texas and I am obsessed with all things Tex-Mex. Thanks for sharing

    • Jamielyn posted on January 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy these! :)

  25. Betty posted on March 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm (#

    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 posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm (#

      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! :)

  26. CB posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm (#

      I hope you enjoyed these! Such a yummy meal! :)

  27. Sasha posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm (#

    I’m super late to the party and just found this recipe now, so I’m not even sure if you will see this question.  Do you chicken breasts need to be frozen or can I use fresh chicken?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:26 am (#

      Hi Sasha! Sorry I didn’t see you comment in time. You can use frozen or fresh, just make sure to cook it less time if you are using fresh. :)

  28. Lynne posted on January 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm (#

    Have you ever tried going beef instead of chicken?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm (#

      I haven’t with this recipe but it would be delicious with chicken! :)

  29. Christy posted on June 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm (#

    Thank you for this recipe! It turned out great for me. I cooked it on high for 4 hours and it came out perfect. I LOVE that you don’t have to thaw the chicken. I also made the rice and I LOVE it. My 2 yr old ate it and my friend’s 9 yr old and 7 yr old ate it too so it’s been a winner for me for adults and kids alike! My husband preferred to make a burrito/taco out of it with a tortilla rather than as a rice bowl, but he loved it nonetheless! My cousin who ate it compared it to eating a bowl at Chipotle! This one is a keeper! :) Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm (#

      I am so glad your family enjoyed this recipe! It is a favorite at my home. Thank you for your kind comment! :)

  30. Dara posted on June 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm (#

    I’m cooking this now but there seems to be a lot of water left in the crock pot. I seem to always have this issue when cooking anything frozen. Am I doing something wrong? Should I cook it longer? The chicken is done and falling apart but the beans and corn are floating in water.

    • Laura Capello posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:49 am (#

      Hi Dara,
      Since you have this issue when you cook anything from frozen, then your slow cooker is likely cycling off more than than it should be, which would allow for less steam to escape. If you like to cook from frozen a lot, it might be time to replace your slow cooker.

  31. Brettni Brumfield posted on June 17, 2016 at 11:16 am (#

    I made these for our family on Monday night and they were SO DELICIOUS! The Hubs and The Littles, as well as myself, ate it up. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on June 17, 2016 at 11:47 am (#

      Yay! I’m so glad your family enjoyed it!

  32. Malika Haqq Net Worth posted on February 6, 2017 at 9:04 am (#

    These sound perfect!!