Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chicken Burrito Bowl

 

The words “healthy” and “Mexican food” are almost never used together in the same sentence, and for good reason. Mexican food is typically loaded down with processed carbs in the form of a giant tortilla and spoonfuls of white rice, obscene amounts of sodium, and lots of fat from too much cheese. A quick lunch run to the nearest Qdoba or Chipotle may seem like an easy go-to meal, but you could be eating your own homemade Mexican-inspired chicken burrito bowl without any of the guilt or bloating you’ll get at the fast-food joints.

 

I created this recipe to serve as a dual purpose meal. It can be a filling family dinner, or a bulk recipe that you can reheat for lunch all week. If you are like me and can’t stand the idea of eating the same thing 5 days in a row,  just freeze 2-3 portions and eat for lunch the following week! This is a very straightforward recipe you can make Sunday afternoon, and it will reheat wonderfully when you are ready to eat it.

 

Unlike your typical Mexican inspired menu, this burrito bowl contains only the healthiest of ingredients: lean chicken, brown rice, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and fresh peppers. No giant white tortilla, globs of cheese, or chips to make you feel like you’re going to explode a few hours later. You can make this a vegetarian meal by omitting the chicken, throwing in an extra can of pinto beans, and cooking the rice in vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

 

Don’t forget–you can save time by cooking your protein in bulk. I baked the chicken breast for this recipe at the same time I was baking chicken for a different recipe. Don’t make cooking more time consuming than it needs to be!

 

One Response to Chicken Burrito Bowls

  1. Mandy F. says:

    I have made this twice now because it was so easy to do, filling, and tasty. My advice would be to make sure, when buying rice, that the amounts match your recipe. This was not the case with Market Pantry Instant Brown Rice in the box. I also caught the 1 *tbsp* of taco seasoning packet just before I emptied 1 taco seasoning packet on the chicken.
    I love how convenient this was!

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