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Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw

Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw and Chipotle Sour Cream are a weeknight staple! This filling, colorful meal is loaded with nutrients for a macro friendly meal.
Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw and Chipotle Sour Cream | #recipe #healthy

Also known as the Ultimate Girls’ Night In Burrito Bowls.

Lately, when the women folk and I have gotten together for dinner, we’ve been throwing down these bad bowls. They take hardly any time or effort to prepare, and are fun to assemble…a great talking piece until the wine sets in and all the soul-fiber talk comes out.

But don’t be scared, gentlemen, there’s action in these bowls for you, too.

They are, indeed man tested, man approved, and make for a stellar post-bike ride/run/outdoor recreation meal. Supersized, large and in charge, fiesta troughs of fun….fuel for a long night on the couch.

PLUS, burrito bowls are just the easiest thing in life.

I blush as I confess I use store-bought rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese. I lay out a burrito bowl station on my counter, where everyone can pick and choose what they want. A make-your-own-bowl type of situation, you hear?

Simply cook up some rice, chop up some veggies and include an assortment of flavor and color. There is very little that can go wrong here.

Here are the goodies I’ve been including at my Burrito Bowl Bar for…

Burrito Bowl Components:

  • Rice (such as brown, white, forbidden, etc.)
  • Beans (such as black beans, chickpeas, or pinto)
  • Animal Protein (rotisserie chicken, salmon, beef, pork, you name it, throw it in)
  • Crunchy veggie slaw (I just toss together cabbage, carrot, green onion, and garlic in lime juice and olive oil)
  • Homemade or store-bought salsa and/or hot sauce (I like adding Crystal, sons and sisters)
  • Super simple yet swanky sauce, such as chipotle sour cream (it’ll blow your head noggin).
  • Avocado (the more the better. Guacamole works, too!)
  • Grated cheese (I use pre-shredded cheese blends)

You can make these your own…change them up each time you make them, omit, add, substitute, get on wit yo bad self.

If you have a leftover baked or grilled chicken you’re itching to contribute, use that instead of the easy route out via rotisserie.

Leftover meat from a previous endeavor? bowl it! To save yourself some time, you can make the rice, cabbage slaw, and/or chipotle sour cream a day or two ahead of time.

That chipotle sour cream, though…what a burrito bowl it doth make!

All you do for the chipotle cream is chop up those fiery hot canned chipotle chilis and mix them with sour cream. BOOM! Incredible.

Please don’t skip it…unless you’re spice-averse, in which case, skip to my lou.

Put it in a bowl and call it a burrito.

Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw and Chipotle Sour Cream | #recipe #healthy

Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw

Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cabbage Slaw and Chipotle Sour Cream may look deceptively complicated but they're actually crazy easy to throw together on any given weeknight!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
4 Servings


Burrito Bowls:

  • 1.5 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded*
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa

Chipotle Sour Cream:

  • 1 8-ounce container sour cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 3 in chipotle chilis adobo sauce, chopped + 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, to taste
  • Pinch sea salt

Cabbage Slaw:

  • 1/2 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves large garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • sea salt


Prepare the Cabbage Slaw:

  • Add all ingredients for the slaw to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Taste for flavor and add sea salt, and/or more lime juice and oil as desired. Refrigerate until ready to use (Note: The longer the slaw sits, the more tender and flavorful it becomes).

Prepare the Chipotle Sour Cream:

  • Stir together the chipotle chilis, adobo sauce, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) in a bowl. Taste for flavor and season with sea salt, and add more adobo sauce to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Bowls:

  • Cook the rice according to package instructions, and heat the beans on the stove. Shred the rotisserie chicken.
  • Assemble bowls by adding desired amount of rice, beans, chicken, cheese, slaw, avocado to big bowls. Top with your favorite salsa, hot sauce, and chipotle sour cream.


*You can also use your favorite baked or grilled chicken recipe


Serving: 1Bowl - Calories: 713kcal - Carbohydrates: 83g - Protein: 34g - Fat: 25g - Fiber: 14g - Sugar: 8g
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: burrito bowl recipe, cabbage slaw, chicken burrito bowl, chipotle sour cream, healthy dinner recipe, shredded chicken burrito bowls
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 713kcal
Author: Julia
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Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Very tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing this.


Thursday 17th of March 2022

My pleasure! So happy you enjoy it!

mary-clay | the open oven

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

what a gorgeous, delicious, fam-friendly dinner. and who doesn't like putting together their own burrito bowls? I wanna dive into that crema, also. thanks for sharing!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

How gorgeous is this burrito bowl - and the cabbage slaw, pretty much my favorite combo. This would be awesome with salmon as well!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Bowls are having a moment right now and this one could definitely steal the show. That Chipotle Sour Cream is LIFE. Also, I love how colorful these pics are. Beautimus!!

Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I love all the colors in these bowls! They look wonderful!

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