We think of crockpot chicken thighs as a component. Not every meal that comes from your slow cooker must be a complete scoop-the-whole-thing-from-the-pot meal. One of the great things about a crockpot is that you can use it to do the “heavy” work of creating one component of your dinner. Then when it is time for dinner, you are ready to create a plate that just needs you to add some parts to the hot and completely-cooked chicken.
Our burritos and rice meal is one of these simple suppertimes.
First, prepare the most basic recipe for your chicken thighs. You’ll find our recipe at this link here. We suggest for this meal that you use boneless chicken thighs. We use the 3-pound frozen package.
For this recipe, you can toss in a package of pre-mixed taco seasoning or do what we do and add the following to your crockpot before you cook.
2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon dried Cumin powder. (Use more or less to taste)
Stir the meat and seasonings. Put the top on the crockpot and slow cook the chicken as we mentioned in the recipe.
For the meal, you need the following for your family:
Jar of salsa
Box (or two) of Spanish Rice Mix.
About 25 minutes before you are ready to eat, start the Spanish Rice side dish. We use Zatarain rice, but you can do what you like. (Zat’s is not a sponsor of this site…we just had a boatload of it after a recent extreme couponing blitz at our house.) Here’s our pot of rice boiling away:
While the rice cooks, open up the crockpot, drain some of the liquid if you’d like and shred the chicken thighs. Don’t overdo this. Add one cup of your jarred salsa to the meat and stir. You can use more if you want more tomato flavor. Here’s our meat ready to be mixed with the salsa:
When the rice is done, set out the parts of your meal and let your family serve themselves. In our house, almost every meal is served buffet style. There’s a bunch of us and several eating styles- so this works best. Here’s one of the kids assembling her plate from all the parts:
Some people will roll up a burrito; some will eat the food with a fork with the tortilla on the side. Make it easy on yourself and let them eat these crockpot chicken thighs any way they’d like.
Enjoy your meal.
Learn more about burritos: Corn burrito
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