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Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken Bowls

Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken Rice Bowls

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 715kcal


For chicken bowls:

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken (I used half thighs and half breasts)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed (I used low sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa or grain of choice

For salsa:

  • 15 oz can diced mango in light syrup drained well
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeño pepper (about half a pepper, ribs and seeds removed)
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


For chicken bowls:

  • Dice chicken into bite sized pieces
  • Whisk together spices, orange juice and garlic and pour over chicken in a zipper bag
  • Let marinate at least 30 minutes or up to overnight
  • Add butter to large heavy bottomed skillet and heat over high heat until bubbly and melted (you want it to be nice and hot to brown the outside of the chicken quickly without cooking it through)
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned
  • Remove from skillet and transfer to slow cooker
  • Toss beans with cilantro and add to slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on high for 2.5-3.5 hours or low for 5-7
  • Cook quinoa or other grain according to package directions and serve with chicken, beans and salsa

For salsa:

  • Combine ingredients in small bowl
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve


Tip: Skip the butter and browning step if desired. You will get all the flavor without the extra fat.


Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 1738mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1605IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 7.7mg