chicken burrito bowl

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowls are my go-to weeknight meal. They are easy to make and serve family-style so everyone can assemble their own bowls with their own desired toppings. The leftovers make great on-the-go lunches to take to work. Another plus of making your own burrito bowls? You can eat as much guacamole as you want with no additional cost! 



For the rice:

1 cup of white long-grain rice

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 lime

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


For the chicken:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 2 medium chicken breasts

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 tablespoons olive oil


For the black beans:

1 (15-ounce) can black beans

½ teaspoon cumin

 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder


For assembly:

1 cup roasted corn

1 cup pico de gallo

1 cup guacamole

½ cup sour cream

1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese



For the rice:

Bring the rice, 2 cups water and olive oil to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Squeeze lime juice into the rice, then fluff salt and cilantro into rice using a fork.


For the chicken:

Cut the chicken in to 1-inch chunks and season with chili powder. In a pan with olive oil or on a grill, cook the chicken thoroughly, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Set aside.


For the beans:

Open the can of beans and drain most, but not all of the juices out (reserve about a tablespoon). Pour the beans into a small pan and heat over medium heat. Use the back of a spoon to mash the beans a little bit. Stir in the cumin, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook until the beans are hot, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.


To serve: Into four bowls, layer a scoop of rice, then beans, and chicken. Top with roasted corn, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and shredded cheese.


Serves 4

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mid eating chicken burrito bowl


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