These Recipe for Shredded Chicken Burritos are super flavorful with smothered chicken and fajita veggies, refried beans, and Spanish rice.
Make a batch and enjoy immediately, or follow our freezer instructions for the ultimate meal prep recipe!
Recipe for Shredded Chicken Burritos
These easily shredded chicken burritos are seriously one of our favorite go-to recipes for meal prep! Because you can either enjoy them immediately or freeze them for later, these super flavorful burritos are a great lunch or dinner solution for you and the fam.
This chicken burrito recipe is made with refried beans, boxed Spanish rice, shredded chicken breast, peppers and onions, and cheddar cheese.
We’ll walk you through how to make a batch of these burritos, and then how to either wrap and freeze them for later or enjoy them immediately 😀
What does Shredded Chicken for Burritos Recipe Contain
Most chicken burritos are made up of shredded or diced chicken, Spanish/Mexican rice, refried beans, and cheese. Other ingredients such as peppers, onions, salsa, and guac can also commonly be found in a chicken burrito.
Recipe for Chicken Burrito – What You Need
These shredded chicken burritos are exactly what the title suggests — EASY! With simple yet flavorful ingredients (and a few substitutions and ingredient swaps you can consider to truly make this recipe your own!), you’ll be off and enjoying a delicious chicken burrito in no time. You need:
For the Shredded Chicken:
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Burrito Assembly:
- 6-8 large flour tortillas
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Monterey Jack)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
Recipe for Chicken Burrito Filling Direction
- Add the chicken breasts, chicken broth, salsa, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. If using an Instant Pot, pressure cook on high for 10 minutes with a natural release.
- Once the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred the chicken in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Stir the shredded chicken in the cooking liquid to absorb the flavors.
- If using a slow cooker, set it to warm to keep the shredded chicken warm while you assemble the burritos. If using an Instant Pot, turn on the sauté function on low to keep the shredded chicken warm.
- To assemble the burritos, warm the flour tortillas in a dry skillet or on a griddle until pliable.
- Place a spoonful of cooked white rice in the center of each tortilla.
- Add a spoonful of the shredded chicken on top of the rice.
- Sprinkle black beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, and chopped cilantro on top of the shredded chicken.
- Squeeze a lime wedge over the filling, if desired, for an extra burst of flavor.
- Fold in the sides of the tortilla, then roll it up tightly into a burrito shape.
- Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling ingredients.
- Serve the shredded chicken burritos hot with additional sour cream, salsa, or guacamole on the side, if desired.
Assemble Shredded Chicken Recipe for Burritos
To assemble the burritos, lay a large tortilla on a flat surface and spread 3 tablespoons refried beans out on the tortilla, and then add 1/4 cup Spanish rice, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, and 1/8 of the chicken mixture to the burrito.
Tightly wrap each burrito by folding the sides in and rolling. Repeat these steps until all the burritos are made.