Chicken Burrito Bowl

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Chicken Burrito Bowls are a healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! Delicious marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings. They can easily be meal prepped for the week or turned into an easy freezer meal.

Chicken burrito bowl ready to be served

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These Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls proved to be an entire family pleaser, especially because it’s a versatile, pick-and-choose what goes in your bowl recipe. Not only did they taste delicious, but this meal is so simple to pull together and double to freeze for later. Seriously, just look how easy they come together:

Short Video on How to Make Chicken Burrito Bowls

What’s in a Chicken Burrito Bowl?

Chicken burrito bowl with fresh toppings

This easy dinner packs a high protein punch. Veggies like shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados make it a one bowl wonder.

  • Brown Rice – Adds lots of nutrition. You can sub white rice or quinoa.
  • Southwest-flavored chickenUse this marinade.
  • Black Beans – Fiber and protein!
  • Cheese – Shredded sharp cheddar is our pick but use your favorite cheese or leave it out all together.
  • Veggies – Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocados, or minced red onion
  • Condiments – Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, salsa, and a squeeze of lime for a Tex Mex taste experience.

Pro Tip: I used the Instant Pot to make my brown rice. It totally worked! I used this recipe from Our Best Bites.

Life seems easier with the Instant Pot around these days. From hard boiled eggs to Chicken and Cheese Taquitos, Polly and I are growing to love what this appliance can do. (Here’s the model we both own.)

How to Meal Prep & Freeze Burrito Bowls

One of the beauties of this recipe is that it can be made in advance and eaten for lunches all week. In addition to that, like so many of our freezer-friendly recipes, this one can be turned into a delicious freezer meal.

Ingredients meal prepped chicken for burrito bowls

TO PREP FOR MEAL KITS/FREEZER:

To create a meal kit, place each of the following ingredients in separate quart-sized freezer bags and seal tightly:

  • 2-3 cups cooked brown rice
  • Half a batch of grilled Southwest Chicken Tenders (1.5 pounds chicken)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup salsa

Put all the smaller bags into a plastic grocery sack or a large freezer container. Seal, label and place in the refrigerator or freezer together as a meal kit.

TO PREPARE:

If necessary, thaw the meal pack in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Warm the chicken, beans, and rice in the microwave, if you want. Set out all the ingredients, including the fresh optional toppings, like lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, and lime wedges. Build your bowl and enjoy!

Chicken Burrito Bowls Meal Kit
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Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 46 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Southwest

Description

A healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! It’s packed with flavorful grilled chicken, black beans, brown rice, and all your favorite taco toppings.


Ingredients

Bowl Base:

Optional Toppings:

  • 12 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce (I like Romaine)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 12 limes, cut in quarters (squeeze over the top of the bowl)

Instructions

Make It Now:

Add a scoop of rice, grilled chicken, and beans to a bowl. Top with your favorite toppings. Toss to combine. Enjoy with tortilla chips on the side.

Freeze for Later: To create a meal kit, place each of the following ingredients in separate quart-sized freezer bags and seal tightly:

– 2-3 cups cooked brown rice
– Half a batch of grilled Southwest Chicken Tenders (1.5 pounds chicken)
– 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
– 1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
– 1 cup salsa

Put all the smaller bags into a plastic grocery sack or a large freezer container. Seal, label and place in the freezer together.

Prepare from Frozen: Thaw the meal pack in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Warm the chicken, beans, and rice in the microwave, if you want. Set out all the ingredients, including the fresh optional toppings, like lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, and lime wedges. Build your bowl and enjoy!

Chicken Burrito Bowl with fresh toppings

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