Delightfully flavorful Chicken Burrito Bowls are an amazing weeknight staple to put on repeat. Quick, easy, and loaded with options, you’ll never need to make the same burrito bowl twice!
I almost didn’t post this recipe because I found it simple and intuitive, but then it dawned on me how frequently I make meals like this for the sole reason that they cover the flavor, nutritional, and satisfaction bases.
There are so many ways of approaching a chicken burrito bowl, and I’m covering all my favorites in this post!
After making my Whole Roast Chicken and Vegetables recipe a few weeks ago, I used the majority of the leftovers in burrito bowls for lunch.
There’s just something about big nourishing bowls of protein, carbs, and fat that really satisfies a human.
Toss in amazing flavors like salsa, onion, avocado, and you’re in for a stellar palate-pleasing meal!
Be sure to read through the ingredients list to take in the full breadth of options when it comes to chicken burrito bowls!
Ingredients for Chicken Burrito Bowls:
Use your favorite cooking method to fashion up your burrito bowl chicken. My favorite options are whole roast chicken, Instant Pot Garlic Herb Rotisserie Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, Basil Crispy Baked Chicken and Paleo Chicken Adobo.
You can also go with store-bought rotisserie chicken! I go with this option often.
Rice: The base of the burrito bowls! I use brown rice for added fiber and because it is a slow-burning carb, but you can also go with white rice. Make Spanish Rice or Ginger Turmeric Aromatic Rice for a real wild ride! If you follow a low-carb, keto, or whole30 diet, go with regular cauliflower rice or Spanish Cauliflower Rice.
Toppings: Avocado, Salsa (store bought or homemade), queso fresco (or cotija cheese or cheese of choice), red onion, cherry tomatoes. For me, these simple ingredients give me everything I desire in a delicious burrito bowl!
More Optional Toppings: Sour cream or Greek yogurt, guacamole, queso, black beans, pickled red onions, cabbage slaw, and/or cilantro. It’s your burrito bowl, you do what you want!
I’ll let you in on a little secret I do to ensure I’m not eating a ginormous amount of carbs in my burrito bowls. I add a ton (think 2 to 3 cups) of sautéed or roasted vegetables so that I’m getting added fiber and nutrients and also not consuming more carbohydrate than I need.
Want to go with a different meat besides chicken? My top recommendations are Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, Instant Pot Carnitas, Crispy Skin Salmon, Chili Lime Baked Cod, or Lemon Garlic Foil Packet Shrimp.
How to Make an Epic Chicken Burrito Bowl:
Pile it all in! That’s all there is to it!
More specifically, begin by preparing your protein if it isn’t already cooked.
While your chicken (or meat of choice) is cooking, cook the rice and get out all your burrito bowl ingredients.
Chop anything that needs to be chopped and/or transfer ingredients like salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc. to serving bowls.
Add desired amount of rice or cauliflower rice to your bowl, followed by chicken, avocado, red onion, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, and salsa.
In terms of actual portions, you’ll just have to follow your heart!
I typically go with 2 to 3 cups of cooked vegetables, 2/3 cup brown rice, 6 to 8 ounces of chicken, 1/2 an avocado, 1/3 cup of salsa, 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, and a few tablespoons of queso fresco and red onion.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of what my veggie-infused bowls look like because I assume I am the only person on the planet interested. My bowls end up being ginormous and super filling! Drop a comment below if you do the same with your burrito bowls!
And that’s it, folks. Your easy guide to making a kick ass chicken burrito bowl.
And now I’m curious – what are your favorite burrito bowl toppings??
Chicken Burrito Bowl
- 3 cups Cooked Chicken (4 to 8 ounces per bowl)
- 3 cups cooked Brown Rice (½ cup to 1.5 cups per bowl)
- 2 large ripe Avocados (¼ to 1 whole per bowl)
- 1 cup Salsa (2 Tbsp to ½ cup per bowl)
- 1 cup Queso Fresco (or cotija cheese) (2 Tbsp to ⅓ cup per bowl)
- ½ cup Red Onion (2 to 3 Tbsp per bowl)
- 1 ½ cups Cherry Tomatoes (⅓ to ½ cup per bowl)
- Black Beans
- Roasted or Sautéed Vegetables
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Begin by preparing your chicken using your preferred cooking method if it isn’t already cooked.
- While your chicken is cooking, cook the rice (or cauliflower rice) and get out all your burrito bowl ingredients. Chop anything that needs to be chopped and/or put any ingredients in serving bowls, like salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc.
- Add desired amount of rice or cauliflower rice to your bowl, followed by chicken, avocado, red onion, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, and salsa.