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Rating: 3.7 stars
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3

A refreshing and (virtually) effortless slow cooker recipe for Cuban chicken that I threw together out of desperation to have a cooking-free evening.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 hrs 5 mins
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place 1/2 of the chopped onion in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken breasts on top and cover with remaining onion. Add black beans and diced tomatoes.

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  • Whisk together broth, orange juice, wine, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and thyme; pour into the slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook until chicken is falling apart and no longer pink in the center, on Low for 6 to 8 hours or High for 3 to 4 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Meanwhile, bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Shred chicken and return meat to the pot for 5 to 10 minutes to allow it to soak up the juices. Serve over cooked rice.

Cook's Notes:

Sour orange juice can typically be found in the ethnic isle of your supermarket. If they do not carry it, you can substitute 3/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup lime juice.

To make this a one-pot meal, increase sour orange juice to 1 1/4 cups and broth to 2 3/4 cups, and add 1 cup medium-grain white rice during the last 20 to 30 minutes of cook time.

To make cleanup even easier, use slow cooker liner (such as Reynolds Kitchens(R)), usually located near freezer bags and other disposable plastic storage containers. They are a dream!

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; protein 27.8g; carbohydrates 60.3g; fat 3.2g; cholesterol 46.9mg; sodium 2142.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (35)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
I used a can of Minute Maid orange juice concentrate and my diced tomatoes had some Mexican spices in it. Delicious! I think this will be one of my and my husband's go-to meals in future. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2020
There was no feasible way that the chicken would absorb all of that liquid. This was a soup, not at all what I expected. The flavor was just ok and not something I would ever make again. Read More
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2020
This dish was interesting. We do not love thyme so I left it out. Also, I had to make the sour oj from oj & lime juice. The concept sounded good, I just did not love the taste but that was a personal preference. The chicken fell apart and was very moist. I do think it needed 2 cans of black beans and maybe more diced tomatoes. I am Going to try to use the leftovers for chicken soft tacos this week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2020
This was delicious! I added extra chicken and more cumin, onion and garlic powder. Also added about half a cup of green olives with juice...really kicked it up! Will definitely make this again real soon! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2020
Great flavor. I doubled black beans and diced tomatoes, otherwise followed original recipe. After shredding chicken, added 1C med grain rice and let it go on low for an hour. Consistency was pleasing...not too soupy, but not dry. Will try again, maybe adding cilantro for a little more bite. DO NOT ADD MORE LIQUID UNLESS YOU WANT SOUP! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2020
Definite citrus tang which I loved. Need to figure out how "Cuban" cuisine is characterized but I will be coming back. Soupy but the liquid is picked up in a day or two by the ingredients and/or the rice. Using hot sauce for a bit of pep and oil for additional body. I used 2 parts OJ:1 part lime juice: 1 part lemon juice. The bottom line: will be served again. Note: while it appears to be stewish, does not have "heft" to it to take off a winter chill though rice helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2020
I didn't make changes as this was the first time I made it. It is quite spicy. May cut down on the chili powder. Very easy to prepare and yes it cooked on time with slow cooker on low. I spread it over a rice mix and left flour tortillas out for whomever wanted them. Family and friends enjoyed and will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2020
This was delicious, did double chicken and beans leaving wet ingredients as given. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2020
This is a really flavorful recipe. I made it tonight. I was short on time so did it in my Instapot on high for 25 minutes. I used 2 cans of black beans instead of one and did not add the 1 cup of water after reading reviews from others that said it was more like a soup. We loved it and will make it again but will add some more veggies to the recipe next time. It’s a perfect recipe for you to add whatever vegetables you have available at the time. It’s more of a soup type recipe and is perfect for adding more veggies! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/12/2020
Like other suggestions, needs a little tweaking. I made it exactly as written but came out too watery, looked more like soup and lacked flavor (to my preference). I might give it another try and add green olives with juice and more tomatoes and black beans to have more chunk in it. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/13/2020
I like the flavor, but WAY too much liquid. I won't be making it again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2020
There was no feasible way that the chicken would absorb all of that liquid. This was a soup, not at all what I expected. The flavor was just ok and not something I would ever make again. Read More