Hearty and Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chicken Burrito Bowls are a healthy crowd pleasing favorite! Tender chunks of chicken are dressed in a zesty taco lime seasoning with black beans and rice. Add in cilantro for a fresh and peppery kick and your favorite toppings like salsa and guacamole!

Use white or brown rice or swap it up and try Cilantro Lime Rice.

Assembled chicken burrito bowl topped with salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.

What Is A Burrito Bowl?

The word “burrito” literally means “little donkey.” It makes sense because even though donkeys are so small they can carry loads of good stuff, just like these burrito bowls! Packed with all kinds of energizing ingredients like rice, beans, chicken, and avocado, burrito bowls are so versatile and yummy. You can put pretty much whatever you like in them!

How to Make a Burrito Bowl

  1. Season diced chicken (per recipe below) and cook in a pan. Squeeze lime overtop.
  2. Chop veggies, wash lettuce and prep your favorite toppings.
  3. Place some lettuce in a bowl, top with a scoop of rice and layer on your toppings!

TIP: Chicken breasts are easier to dice when slightly frozen. If they’re frozen, dice them once partially defrosted. If they’re fresh, put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes before dicing.

Overview of chicken burrito bowl ingredients.

What To Add To A Chicken Burrito Bowl

You don’t have to limit yourself. There are so many different options! For a really fun and special supper, let your family create their own burrito bowls by having a colorful array of choices all set out on the counter.

  • Sauces: Try sour cream, chipotle mayo, hot or mild guacamole, or Pico de Gallo. The choices are limitless.
  • Veggies: Add green onions, chopped red onion, chives, hot and sweet peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes!
  • Cheese: Set out a few different kinds of shredded cheeses like jalapeno cheddar, nacho, Monterey Jack, or Tex-Mex!

Baked tortilla bowls make yummy and easy edible dishes! Brush a soft tortilla with oil, press it into a round baking dish (or a tortilla bowl maker) and bake until crispy, about 10 minutes! Repeat until you have enough bowls ready for everyone!

Close up of assembled chicken burrito bowl, garnished with lime wedges and cilantro.

Make in Advance/Meal Prep

Cooked chicken, rice, and beans keep for 3 to four days in the fridge, and 2 to 3 months in the freezer. Fill meal prep containers and freeze or refrigerate for quick lunches!

If you want to assemble this dish as a one pot meal in advance, just mix the meat, rice and beans together, and add the other ingredients after reheating.

Any way you choose to mix it up, Chicken Burrito Bowls are always going to be a healthy hit, whether for lunches, dinners, or parties!

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Chicken Burrito Bowl

Tender seasoned chicken, rice, beans and veggies make an easy complete meal!

  • 1 pound chicken breast (boneless, skinless, 1/2 inch diced)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 4 cups white rice (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (minced)
  • 15 ounces black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 avocado (peeled, pitted and diced)
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 4 cups lettuce (chopped)
  1. Combine diced chicken breast and taco seasoning and toss to coat the chicken.

  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet. Add the chicken and cook until no pink remains. Sprinkle with lime juice, stir, and remove from heat.

  3. Combine cooked rice and cilantro in a bowl and stir to combine.

  4. To serve, fill 4 bowls with equal amounts of lettuce, rice, black beans, chicken, salsa, sour cream, avocado, and cheese.

Notes: I prefer a salsa that is more sauce like so it creates a ‘dressing’ when combined with the sour cream.

Nutritional information does not include toppings.

Assembled chicken burrito bowl topped with salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.
Assembled chicken burrito bowl topped with salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.
Top photo - Assembled chicken burrito bowl topped with salsa, sour cream and lime wedges. Bottom photo - Overview of chicken burrito bowl ingredients.