On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

By Rachel Tiemeyer
April 7, 2021

This simple, individual chicken burrito recipe makes for a filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner anywhere and anytime. Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later using our instructions.

Chicken Burritos sliced in half on a plate

Why We Love This Chicken Burrito Recipe

Our family is kind of obsessed with these make-ahead chicken burritos. I regularly pull them straight from the freezer to either warm in the oven or microwave for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner. Keep them in the freezer at work, send in a child’s lunch box (simply heat and wrap in foil), or grab-and-go on busy nights. I have a feeling we are going to depend strongly on these once the school chaos starts up again!

chicken burritos on a plate

How to Make Chicken Burritos

Watch this 1 minute video to see how easily these make ahead chicken burritos come together…

What Sides Should I Serve with On-the-Go Chicken Burritos?

We have several delicious Mexican-inspired and other side dishes that would go well with these burritos. Give one of of these healthy and delicious options a try…

Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole in a bowl

Fiesta Chopped Salad

Fiesta Chopped salad and chips in bowls

Avocado Lime Salsa

Avocado Lime Salsa in a bowl with chips on the side

More Burrito Recipes

Love burritos as much as we do? Here are two more to try…

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

If you want a meatless and very budget-friendly burrito, try these. It doesn’t get much easier to make healthy food in bulk!

freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Perfect to make ahead on the weekend, throw in the freezer, and use for busy mornings!

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos are perfect for those crazy evenings when you’re in and out or for a slower sit-down meal around the table. Either way they are great!

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On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 burritos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This simple, individual chicken burrito recipe makes for a filling, healthy, and satisfying meal. Make ahead and freeze, and then pull one out anytime!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 2 (about 1 lb) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 packet store-bought taco seasoning (or use 2 T of homemade taco seasoning)
  • 2/3 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans (or half of a 15 ounce can of black beans, drained)
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½1 cup mild salsa (adjust to taste)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas
  • Optional toppings: Guacamole or Creamy Avocado Dip, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, pico de gallo

Instructions

Make It Now: 

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  2. When the oil is shimmery, add the chicken and sauté until cooked through (no longer pink), about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add water, taco seasoning, black beans, corn, brown rice, and salsa. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then turn the heat down to low. Let mixture simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Assemble burritos. To each tortilla, add a generous 1/3 cup chicken and bean mixture and 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese. Pull in each end of tortilla and roll up tightly into a burrito. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  5. Warming options:
    1. Wrap tortilla in foil and heat through in a 350°F oven for about 15-20 minutes (or from frozen, 20-30 minutes).
    2. Wrap tortilla in a moist paper towel and warm in the microwave in 30 second increments until heated through. Open up the burrito halfway through reheating, to allow the inside ingredients to get warmed.
  6. Serve with optional toppings.

Freeze for Later: Complete recipe through Step 4. Wrap each individual burrito in foil and place in gallon-sized freezer bag. Seal and freeze.

Prepare from Frozen: Options for reheating:

Option 1: Thawed: Thaw completely and follow Steps 5-6.

Option #1: Frozen: Preheat oven to 350°F. Keep burrito(s) wrapped in the foil. Heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until heated through. Another thaw option is to remove foil, wrap burrito in moist paper towel, and microwave in 30 second increments until heated through (about 4 minutes depending on microwave). Open up the burrito halfway through reheating, to allow the inside ingredients to get warmed.

 

COOKING NOTES:

How to Make in the Slow Cooker:

1. Place whole chicken breasts (note: do not dice!) in the slow cooker and top with the water and taco seasoning. Cook on LOW for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, just until cooked through (no more pink in the center and shreds easily).

2. Shred the chicken. Stir in the beans, corn, cooked rice, and salsa.

3. Following directions from above starting with Step 4.

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5 replies
  1. Brooke says:

    So good and so easy!!!! Love finding easy recipes with fresh ingredients. It was hit with the whole family

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  2. Stephanie says:

    These were a hit with my entire family! So full of flavor, so easy to make and a great way to fill the freezer with quick on the go lunches or dinners! Highly recommend this recipe! If doing Weight Watchers and using the low carb tortillas, they are very WW friendly! Definitely a freezer meal win for our family!

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