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posted: 05/15/21

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This Burrito Bowl is such a great lunch or dinner option. This recipe is fantastic because you can use it for meal prep, making a whole week of lunches with one recipe.

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If I was a more put together grown up, I would meal prep. It is such a smart way to make sure that you eat healthy lunches all week long. Even as someone who works from my home, I wish that Sunday me would meal prep.

Meal prepping just got a little bit easier with this Burrito Bowl recipe. This recipe has all of my favorite things, and I could easily eat it every day for lunch. The chicken is flavorful, moist, and tender. The cilantro lime rice is perfection and the Pico de Gallo has the perfect blend of flavors. Everything in these chicken burrito bowls come together in the most amazing way.

Burrito Bowl Ingredients

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How to Make a Burrito Bowl

  1. Marinate the chicken. We have a very simple marinade for the chicken breasts that is a slight spin on the marinade we use with our chicken tacos. It’s made with easy ingredients and just needs to sit with the chicken for 2 to 24 hours.
  2. Make the cilantro lime rice. Before you start grilling your chicken, start the rice for your cilantro lime rice. If you own an instant pot, use a ratio of 1 cup rice to 1 1/4 cup water and set it to “Rice” for 12 minutes. Let the pressure valve release on it’s own. It’s great to have the pressure cooker do the work for you.
  3. Grill the chicken. While the rice is cooking, put the chicken on a preheated grill. I sometimes use this indoor grill if I don’t feel like stepping out of the kitchen.
  4. Make the Pico de Gallo. This is an easy recipe that just needs some dicing and can be done in about 10 minutes. It is perfect to do while the chicken and rice are cooking.
  5. Construct the Chicken Burrito Bowls. After everything is made, you can add in the corn, beans, and any extra toppings you would like. These are great to put together for the week ahead, just keep in mind you will want to separate out the Pico de Gallo and add avocado the day you plan on eating it.
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Marinating Chicken

Chicken is one of my favorite things to cook with because it is like a blank canvas that can take on the ingredients of whatever you mix it with. This very simple chicken marinade is made with ingredients I bet you already have on hand and makes the chicken so tender.

The key to marinating chicken is to make sure you have an acid in the marinade and to marinate for the correct amount of time. Here we are using lime to help break down the outer layer of the chicken so the flavor really gets in there. Marinate for between 2 and 24 hours so that the chicken is tender, but not mushy.

Baking or Grilling

We call to grill the chicken in this recipe, but you can definitely bake it. To do that, put the chicken and it’s marinade in a baking dish, cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees with an instant read thermometer.

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Cilantro Lime Rice for Burrito Bowls

I think the heart of any great burrito bowl is some cilantro lime rice. We have a whole post outlining how to make it, but you can find the instructions below as well. Top tips for this recipe are:

  • Rinse the rice until the water runs clear before cooking it. It will prevent it from being too sticky.
  • Use fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice. Since there are only three ingredients we really want to make it pop.

Pico de Gallo

Like my rice, I have a whole post with details on making the perfect Pico de Gallo. It is such a delicious recipe that I hold near and dear to my heart and use all the time. That post has tricks for how to store cilantro and how to cut jalapeños.

Other Burrito Bowl Additions

Some other great options to add in here would be:

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Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

While this makes a delicious dinner, as I’ve mentioned, this recipe is perfect for meal prep. This recipe easily makes four servings, but could be stretched out into five if you want to fill an entire week. Here are our tips and tricks:

  • Use these reusable containers with these salad dressing cups. They will hold all of your ingredients and keep your pico separate from everything else.
  • Skip the avocado. Because it browns so fast, I wouldn’t recommend adding avocado if you are making a whole week’s worth of this.
  • Make sure the beans are drained and rinsed. Not only does this control the flavor of the recipe and the amount of sodium you eat, it will keep beans from making everything else mushy.
  • Buy a few limes. In the morning before you take this with you to work, slice a lime and add two fresh lime slices. Give it a squeeze over everything before eating to freshen it all up a bit.
  • Eat these warm or cold. Everything in this burrito bowl is delicious warm or cold. The only ingredient you might not like as much once it has cooled is the rice. If that is the case, before eating, remove the Pico de Gallo and reheat the bowls for a few minutes at half power in the microwave. Then top with the pico and enjoy.

FAQ

Can I make burrito bowls with steak?

Absolutely! I would suggest using the cooking method we take in our Southwestern Steak Salad. It would accompany the rest of these ingredients perfectly.

Can I make this recipe with chicken thighs?

Yes! This marinade will work just as well with chicken thighs.

How can I make this burrito bowl recipe healthier?

We like to think this recipe is pretty healthy as is, but if you want to make it a little bit more nutritious, I would swap out the Cilantro Lime Rice for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It will give you the same idea, but quinoa is full of great nutritional value.

a burrito bowl recipe with chicken, cilantro lime rice, corn, avocado, Pico de Gallo, beans, and fresh jalapeños

Other Lunch Ideas

If you need other great lunch ideas, we have some great ideas for you!

If you make this burrito bowl or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

overhead of a burrito bowl with chicken, rice, avocado, beans, salsa, and corn
5 from 1 vote

Burrito Bowl

Serves: 4 servings
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Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes
Burrito Bowls are such a great lunch or dinner option. This recipe is fantastic because you can use it for meal prep, making a whole week of lunches with one recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

Chicken Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 2 cups white rice rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped

Pico de Gallo

  • 2 Plum tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeds and ribs removed and diced small
  • 1/4 large red onion diced small
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Other Ingredients

  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
  • 2 avocados sliced

Instructions

Chicken

  • Mix together the ingredients for the chicken marinade. Marinate the chicken for 2 to 24 hours.
  • When ready to make the recipe, preheat a grill to 350 degrees. Cook the chicken for 7 minutes on each side or until it reaches 165 degrees.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes and then slice into strips.

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Rinse the dry rice until the water runs clear.
  • Bring the rice and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in the lime juice and the cilantro.

Pico de Gallo

  • Combine all of the ingredients. Taste and add more salt as needed.

To Put Together Bowls

  • Divide the rice and chicken between four bowls.
  • Serve warm, and allow guests to top with remaining ingredients.

As Meal Prep Bowls

  • If you are packing these to take for lunch throughout the week, refer to our notes in the post with all the tips and tricks.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. Judi Watkins says

    I am a bit confused as to whether this is eaten hot or cold, particularly if it is made ahead. Do I reheat everything except the pico de gallo and other toppings? Or are the beans and corn supposed to be added cold? Or do I serve everything cold, chicken and rice included, like a salad? Other than this, it looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Oh, also, could this be multiplied and served to a crowd? It seems so easy to assemble everything ahead of time, and then serve with the toppings separate.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Judi! I added a note under the meal prep about hot vs. cold. If you are eating this right away, I would serve the hot things hot, and then the beans and then corn can be added in cold. And yes, this can definitely be multiplied!

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