Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken Burritos
A slow cooker is a culinary tool for convenience, but it also imparts tremendous flavour into whatever you are cooking. In the case of this chicken burritos recipe, one might not think that a slow cooker is ideal, but in fact, the slow cooker tenderises the chicken perfectly, making it mouth-wateringly tender and full-flavoured. Mary, author of Barefeet In The Kitchen recipe blog, made this burrito recipe for her family, and adults and kids alike raved over it. The chicken is tender and spiced with cumin and garlic, while the sauce is creamy and cheesy. If you want a new addition to your list of easy and delicious dinner recipes, make this slow cooker smothered chicken burritos recipe with its chicken filling and creamy sauce. This dish will be perfect not only for weeknight dinners but also for potlucks and family get-togethers too.
The bonus of crock pot recipes is usually that they are easier than full-on stovetop or oven meals. In the case of this chicken recipe, some tasks are done on the stove and in the oven, which can make a dish more time consuming, but rest assured, that these tasks make the dish even better. The slow cooker part of this comfort meal consists of braising the chicken for a long time until it is shreddable and perfect for filling your choice of flour or corn tortillas. Once that happens, the burritos are assembled and baked in the oven until slightly crisp on the outside. You can choose between soft flour tortillas or corn tortillas, depending on your preference, and Mary gives instructions for how much filling to put in them depending on the size of the tortilla. The sauce is a mixture of chicken stock, spices and cheese, which get simmered together until thick before being poured over the burritos. While there are some steps involved in this crockpot recipe, each task is relatively easy to complete and integral for the best results.
Although you can use any chicken cut you like for the shredded chicken filling, Mary recommends using chicken thighs as a starting point. Chicken thighs are dark meat in the chicken, which are more tender and flavorful than white meat. Since chicken thighs are naturally more tender, they can stand up to a long cooking time in the crockpot without becoming dried out. Chicken breasts, on the other hand, may become dried out if cooked for several hours in the crockpot, and so aren’t as ideal a choice. If you plan to use chicken breasts in this easy meal, consider reducing the cooking time by at least an hour. Just keep checking the chicken to make sure it is cooked through and shreddable before incorporating in your burrito recipe.
The best part about this chicken burrito recipe is how versatile it is. If you have some leftover pulled pork, you can always skip the slow cooker step, and simply focus on the assembly and making the sauce. You may even want to make a super large batch of the chicken and pop it in the freezer for use at a later date. Cooked chicken can be safely stored in the freezer for up to one year after it is cooked, which can be a convenient option for when you want to get dinner on the table fast. If you are vegetarian or have vegetarian members in your family, consider filling some of the burritos with a mixture of sautéed mushrooms and the spices used in the chicken instead. Thank you to Mary, author of Barefeet In The Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her smothered chicken burritos recipe with us.
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