Craving a Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl but don’t feel like heading out? You’re in luck! Whip up a delicious, healthy Chipotle Chicken Bowl right at home with this easy copycat recipe. Perfect for dinner or as a meal prep idea for those busy week days!
Start with juicy, marinated chicken, cooked to perfection in the air fryer, on the stove, or in the grill, and pair it with your choice of cilantro-lime rice or brown rice. Toss in fiber-rich black or pinto beans, and top it off with fresh pico de gallo, corn salsa, and a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream.
The best part? Customize it with your favorite toppings – from romaine lettuce, bell peppers, or jalapeños to a sprinkle of fresh lime juice and cilantro. This recipe isn’t just a meal; it’s a chance to bring the vibrant flavors of Chipotle’s burrito bowls to your table, any day of the week at a fraction of the price!
It’s the ideal way to recreate your favorite fast-food dish in the comfort of your kitchen, knowing exactly what ingredients you’re using. Enjoy this complete, satisfying, and customizable meal that rivals any restaurant version.
Assembling An Healthy Chipotle Chicken Bowl at Home
Start with the rice base, a crucial element of any burrito bowl. You can opt for a classic fluffy white rice, nutrient-packed brown rice, or our favorite instant pot cilantro lime rice. The instant pot cooks it to perfection and then we infuse it with fresh flavors by stirring in chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
Next, focus on the protein – the star of the bowl. Take skinless chicken breasts and marinate them in a mix of adobo sauce, garlic powder, and chili powder to infuse deep, rich flavors. Cook the chicken on medium-high heat until it reaches the perfect internal temperature, ensuring it’s juicy and tender. Remember to let it rest for a bit before slicing; this step is key to keeping the chicken moist. Try our Easy Chipotle Chicken Recipe!
Vegetables add a fresh and colorful component to your bowl. Sauté red onions and bell peppers to create those classic fajita veggies. You want them to be vibrant and crisp, just lightly sautéed to highlight their natural flavors.
Now comes the exciting part – assembling your bowl. Start with a layer of your prepared rice, then add a generous helping of the flavorful chicken and top it with the sautéed veggies. For an extra pop of freshness, top your bowl with homemade salsa, full of fresh tomatoes and sweet corn kernels.
Don’t forget the extras! Add black beans for a boost of protein and fiber. A dollop of homemade chipotle crema or guacamole adds a creamy touch that rounds out the flavors beautifully.
Make Your Own Burrito Bowls for Picky Eaters!
This homemade burrito bowl isn’t just a delicious meal; it’s a way to gather the family and enjoy customizing each bowl with various toppings and sides. In our house, meals where the kids can pick and choose their toppings and assemble their own bowls are always a hit.
It’s not just about making dinner a fun and interactive activity; it’s also a clever way to introduce new foods to them in a non-intimidating manner. When they have the freedom to experiment with different ingredients and create a bowl to their liking, it often leads to more adventurous eating and less fuss at the dinner table.
It’s a win-win situation where they enjoy having autonomy over their food choice, and I get to enjoy a delicious meal!
Supplies for making Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowls:
Easy Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Pre-cooked Chipotle Chicken
- Cilantro Lime Rice
- Corn Salsa or just corn if you prefer
- Black beans
- Pico de Gallo
- Avocado or Guacamole
Instructions for Healthy Chipotle Chicken Bowl:
- Assemble the Base: Start by placing a generous serving of Cilantro Lime Rice at the bottom of your bowl. This forms the foundation of your burrito bowl.
- Add Chipotle Chicken: Layer on your pre-cooked Chipotle Chicken. Depending on how much protein you prefer, adjust the quantity.
- Layer with Corn Salsa and Black beans: Scoop a hearty amount of Corn Salsa and black beans next to the chicken. The sweetness of the corn complements the spiciness of the chicken beautifully!
- Top with Pico de Gallo: Add a layer of fresh Pico de Gallo. This adds a fresh and tangy flavor to your bowl.
- Include Avocado or Guacamole: Slice some fresh avocado or dollop a spoonful of guacamole for a creamy texture and rich taste.
- Finish with Lettuce: Top your bowl with shredded lettuce for a crisp, fresh finish.
- Mix and Enjoy: Gently mix the ingredients in your bowl, ensuring a bit of every component in each bite.
When it comes to storing and serving, these bowls are incredibly versatile. Leftovers can be stored in airtight containers, making them perfect for meal prep that can last for 3-5 days. Serve your burrito bowl with a side of crunchy tortilla chips and sprinkle it with your favorite toppings for that ultimate homemade Chipotle experience.
Healthy Chipotle Chicken Bowl Optional Add-Ons:
- Creamy Toppings: Sour cream, Greek yogurt, or homemade guacamole.
- Fruity Flavors: Chopped mango or pineapple for a sweet contrast.
- Pickled Elements: Pickled red onions, jalapeños, or banana peppers for a tangy kick
- Extra Heat: Sliced fresh jalapeños
- Salsas and Sauces: Pico de gallo, salsa verde, roasted tomato salsa, or a creamy chipotle sauce.
This recipe is perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or meal prep. The best part about a burrito bowl is its versatility – feel free to add or swap ingredients based on your preferences or dietary needs. Enjoy your homemade, hassle-free Chipotle-style feast!
Storing Leftover Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls:
To store leftover burrito bowls, first let all components cool to room temperature, then pack them in separate airtight containers to maintain freshness. Refrigerate the containers, and enjoy your delicious leftovers within 3-5 days for optimal taste.
Freezing: If you want to store the bowls for a longer period, you can freeze them. However, note that not all ingredients freeze well (like lettuce or avocado), so it’s best to freeze the rice, protein, and beans only.
Reheating: When ready to eat, reheat the components either in the microwave or on the stove. Add fresh toppings like lettuce, sour cream, or avocado after reheating.
By storing your burrito bowls properly, you can enjoy quick, healthy, and delicious meals throughout the week with minimal effort!
This homemade burrito bowl is not just a delicious meal but also a great way to bring the family together. Customize it with your choice of toppings and sides to recreate the restaurant version right in your kitchen. Enjoy a complete, satisfying meal that’s as good as Chipotle!
How to Pack Healthy Chipotle Chicken Bowls for Meal Prep:
Creating a Chipotle-style chicken burrito bowl at home is not only fun but also lets you enjoy a flavorful and wholesome meal tailored to your tastes. Let’s explore how you can easily put this dish together for easy lunches throughout the week!
For my go-to burrito bowl meal prep, I start by laying a foundation of fragrant cilantro-lime rice in microwave-safe containers.
To ensure the best taste and texture, I store crisp lettuce, shredded cheese, and ripe avocado separately.
This way, after reheating the base, I can add these fresh toppings! This is especially great to heat up and bring to the pre school pick up line!
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Our Favorite Meal Prep Supplies
When it comes to successful meal prepping, having the right containers is just as important as the food you put in them. In our house we use a set of classic glass pyrex container have had for years! These containers have withstood the test of time and stack up nicely in the fridge!
Using portion control measuring containers for meal prep has been a game-changer in our kitchen. It simplifies the entire process, ensuring each meal is not only delicious but also nutritionally balanced.With these handy tools, I can effortlessly measure the exact amount of each ingredient needed for my lunches.
I keep things super simple and label our containers with masking or painters tape and a sharpie!
That wraps up our journey to creating the perfect Chipotle-style burrito bowls at home! We hope you’re as excited as we are to dive into these customizable, flavor-packed bowls. Don’t forget to share your own burrito bowl creations with us – snap a photo and tag us on social media, or leave a comment below. We love seeing how you make these bowls your own! And if you’re craving more delicious recipes and foodie tips, be sure to subscribe for more tasty adventures. Happy cooking!