Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.

Have you gotten into the burrito bowl trend yet? It’s one of my favorites because everyone can pile on what they like and how much of it they like.

The chipotle chicken comes out so tender and so full of flavor too. The best part is that you can make it in the Instant Pot OR the slow cooker which means I think just about all of you can make it today. You only use a few tablespoons of chipotle sauce but it adds so much flavor! I found the sauce in a can at my little store and it came in medium heat. If you don’t like it too hot, add one tablespoon; if you like it really hot, add up to 6 tablespoons.

Did you know that chipotle peppers are just smoked and dried jalapeños?

That’s a good way to gauge the heat – one tablespoon is about like using one jalapeno pepper in my experience. There’s so much added flavor, though, because the peppers are smoked. I love using this chipotle sauce in recipes like this because with a base of something simple like rice, it adds a lot of flavor to the whole dish and not just the meat that is cooked in it.

I love adding fresh corn on the cob, removed from the cob, to burrito bowls. It adds a great sweet crunch!

Chipotle Chicken Burritos Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.

Tips and Tricks to Making Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • The recipe indicates making this in an Instant Pot, but you can make this in the slow cooker by combining all the ingredients together and letting them cook on low for 5-6 hours until the chicken is tender and ready to be shredded. Both work great – use what you have!
  • If you are cooking your chicken in the slow cooker, just cook your corn however you normally do (boil, grill, whatever is your favorite).
  • My tiny store carries the chipotle sauce, so I think it will be easy for you to find. It’s delicious!
  • I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, because I think they stay more tender and moist. It did work great with chicken breast too, though, so use what you have on hand.
  • Add whatever taco toppings you like! We love this with beans, cheese, avocado or guacamole, shredded lettuce, black olives, etc.

Chipotle Chicken Burritos Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.

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Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

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Chipotle Chicken Burritos Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.


Ingredients

For the Chipotle Chicken Taco Meat

  • 1.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle sauce
  • 1 cup prepared mild salsa

For the Burrito Bowls

  • 4 pieces corn on the cob
  • 4 cups cooked rice or quinoa
  • Pico de gallo or prepared salsa
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken to the insert of your instant pot.
  2. Sprinkle the salt, cumin, and garlic powder over the chicken. Add the chipotle sauce and the salsa.
  3. Use tongs to combine and mix the ingredients well, covering the chicken on all sides.
  4. Lock the lid in place, make sure the vent is set to seal, and select high pressure and 12 minute cook time.
  5. When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  6. Add the corn on top of the chicken and then close the lid again, select pressure cook and a 2 minute cook time.
  7. When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  8. Use tongs to remove  the corn and set aside. Remove the chicken and place in a shallow dish or bowl and shred it.
  9. While you are shredding the chicken, turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and allow the remaining liquid in the pot to come to a boil.
  10. Let the liquid simmer for around 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  11. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot, turn off the Instant Pot, and stir to combine well.
  12. Serve the chicken over the cooked rice or quinoa and top it with corn sliced from the cob, salsa, and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Notes

  • You can make this in the slow cooker by combining all the ingredients together and letting them cook on low for 5-6 hours until the chicken is tender and ready to be shredded.
  • My tiny store carries the chipotle sauce, so I think it will be easy for you to find. It’s delicious!
  • I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because I think they stay more tender and moist. It did work great with chicken breast too, though, so use what you have on hand.
  • Add whatever taco toppings you like! We love this with beans, cheese, avocado or guacamole, shredded lettuce, black olives, etc.

There are so many great things that can go on your chicken burrito bowl. Here are some of my favorites:

All of these would be great in your burrito bowl. Enjoy this super easy and fun dinner from my kitchen to yours.

 

Chipotle Chicken Burritos Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.
Chipotle Chicken Burritos Bowls are a quick and easy dinner idea that the whole family will love because everyone can build their own bowl, just how they like it.
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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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