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One Meal Now, One Meal Later: Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice, and Bean Bowl

Chicken and rice bean bowl.

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Chicken and rice bean bowl. This easy slow cooker chicken rice and bean bowl recipe tastes delicious, and also freezes well for an easy dinner idea and a perfect crockpot freezer meal! This post was sponsored by S&W Beans as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I love good food, but I hate spending all my time in the kitchen. I discovered the beauty of freezer meals when I had my first child, and I’ve never looked back! I share my favorites that are excellent the first time, but taste just as good after spending time in the freezer in my One Meal Now, One Meal Later series.

One Meal Now One Meal Later

Feel free to make one meal now to enjoy, and double to make one meal later too.

I’m a sucker for all things Southwestern flavored bowls, but I’m not a sucker for how much time and prep they take to make each individual piece. We often only have them when there are the right leftovers of each item. This recipe solves that issue and blends everything together in one easy and delicious slow cooker meal!

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice and Bean Bowl Recipe: Easy chicken dump recipe! SLOW COOKER CHICKEN, RICE, and BEAN BOWLS 

Slow Cooker Chicken Bowl Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can S&W black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can S&W pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (4-ounce) can green chilies
2 cups of frozen corn
1 large or two small red bell pepper(s) thinly sliced in bite-sized pieces
1 clove garlic pressed (1 tablespoon diced garlic from a jar)
2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pound chicken breasts
1 cup instant rice

Crock Pot Chicken Rice and Bean Bowl Recipe. Slow cooker Chicken Bowl Directions:

First, dump all canned goods in the slow cooker. Just one note on the beans, not all beans are created equal! I love to use S&W because they have the highest standards in the industry and have done so for over 120 years! S&W are experts and choosy cooks know this! Particularly with a slow-cooked meal, they hold up amazingly well and still look and taste fantastic after freezing and cooking, and that’s just not true for all beans.

They look great and taste great, and there are a lot of fun varieties you can use to mix up this (and any other) recipe. I love grabbing the chili-flavored beans in pinto or black varieties, and the organic and low-sodium are great options too! And if you’re looking to stock up on a delicious freezer meal this is one I HIGHLY recommend!

Chicken, Bean, and Rice Bowls in the Slow Cooker- and it makes a really great Crock Pot freezer meal too!

Add the peppers and garlic on top. Place the chicken breasts on top in the middle.

Stir all the dry ingredients except the rice together in a bowl (cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder, and cinnamon. Dump the seasoning in, and be sure to coat the chicken with it.

Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6. Then, 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve, remove the chicken and shred it. Add it back to the mixture in the slow cooker after it’s shredded to bite-sized pieces. Finally, add the instant rice and cook on high for another 20-25 minutes with the lid on.

Stir and serve in bowls!

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice and Bean: Toppings

You’ll want to top with any of the optional toppings below:

Fresh lime
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheddar/Cotija/Feta Cheese
Tortilla strips
Fresh Avocado
Fresh Tomato

Note this makes one recipe. If you want to double it and freeze an additional meal, you’ll need to double the ingredients and prep the second set in a freezer bag. Also, be sure to use it within three-six months of freezing, but if you love burrito bowls as much as we do I doubt that will be any problem!

crock pot freezer meal

Enjoy an amazing slow cooker freezer dump meal that doesn’t taste like the freezer!

Like this slow cooker chicken rice and bean meal? You may like these recipes too:

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  1. Rachel Nelson says:

    This looks amazing!! One question – let’s say I prepare a batch and freeze it to cook later. Do I just leave out the spices and the water and add them in when I put everything else in the crock pot? (And then add the rice at the end of course.) Thanks!

    1. fridaywereinlove says:

      Thank you! It’s a great one! I add all the spices and water in too and make a note to just add the rice at the end. So freeze everything but the rice!