Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Bowl Recipe: Simple, Delicious

This Chicken Black Bean Burrito Bowl is your new go-to for a quick and delicious dinner. Enjoy grilled chicken, robust black beans, cilantro rice, and toppings that bring a burst of flavor to every bite.

Chicken black bean burrito bowl on a white surface.

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This chicken burrito bowl recipe provides a flavorful and fulfilling take on the classic burrito. It delivers a delicious and well-balanced meal in a convenient bowl.

Skip the hassle of wrapping and personalize each bowl with an array of vibrant choices. Ideal for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy lunch, this recipe is sure to become a regular in your meal prep routine.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make chicken burrito bowl on a white surface.

Chicken: I am using chicken breast for this recipe as it cooks quickly. I am marinating the chicken in spices and lime juice.

Black beans: Use canned black beans or any other beans you prefer. You can also cook dried black beans from scratch and use them in this recipe.

Spice: I am using ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder to marinate the chicken breast.

See the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and quantities.

Step-by-step Instructions

Chicken marinated with spices and lime juice.

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, and spices (ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper). Add the chicken breasts and coat them well with the mixture. Marinate for at least 15 minutes. You can also marinate it overnight in the refrigerator for a more tender and flavorful chicken.

Chicken cooked on a grill pan.

Step 2: Heat a grill pan over medium heat and lightly grease it. Place the chicken breast and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked. Transfer to a plate and let it sit for 5 minutes, then chop it into small bite-sized pieces.

Cilantro lime brown rice in a white bowl.

Step 3: To prepare cilantro lime rice, take the cooked brown rice in a bowl and add cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Toss well until the rice is fully coated.

Step 4: Divide the rice into four bowls. Add grilled chicken, black beans, salsa, and romaine lettuce. Top with chipotle aioli and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Marinate the chicken for at least 15-20 minutes. If you are planning ahead, you can marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
  • You can also use rotisserie chicken in this recipe.
  • Customize the toppings as per your preference. For example, you can use pico de Gallo instead of salsa or swap black beans for pinto beans if you prefer.

Serving Suggestions

Quick & Easy Lunch: Prep all components in advance for a quick assembly. Portion individual bowls with cooked rice, chicken, and beans, and store toppings in separate containers. Grab and go for a satisfying and portable lunch!

Dinner: Set up a toppings bar with various options like chopped veggies, salsa, refried black beans, cheese, avocado, and different sauces. Let everyone customize their bowls to their liking.

Festive Party Appetizer: Assemble mini burrito bowls in small ramekins or cups using smaller portions. Offer a variety of toppings for a delightful finger food that’s both visually appealing and delicious. Set up a nachos bar alongside and serve loaded nachos for an indulgent Tex-Mex feast.

Storage Tips

Any leftover assembled bowls can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, although there may be a slight textural change. If you are meal-prepping, it is best to store individual components in the refrigerator.

Store each element, such as cooked rice, grilled chicken, and sauces, in airtight containers for up to 3-4 days. When ready to eat, reheat the chicken and rice and assemble the burrito bowl just before serving.

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Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe ahead of time for meal prep?

Absolutely! This Chicken Black Bean Burrito Bowl is an excellent candidate for meal prep. Cook and store the components separately to maintain freshness. Assemble the bowls when ready to eat for a quick and convenient meal.

Can I substitute the chicken with a vegetarian option?

Certainly! Swap the chicken for grilled tofu, seasoned tempeh, or your favorite meat alternative to create a delicious vegetarian version of this bowl.

Can I use a different type of bean?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different beans, such as pinto beans or kidney beans.

Can I use canned chicken instead of fresh?

Absolutely! Use pre-cooked and shredded chicken for a quicker and easier option. Ensure it’s well-seasoned for more flavor.

Diced chicken pieces in the burrito bowl.

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Chicken black bean burrito bowl on a white surface with spoon & fork in the background.

Chicken Black Bean Burrito Bowl

This Chicken Black Bean Burrito Bowl is your new go-to for a quick and delicious dinner. Enjoy grilled chicken, robust black beans, cilantro rice, and toppings that bring a burst of flavor to every bite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa Kerur

Ingredients

For the chicken:

For the cilantro lime rice:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust as per taste

Everything else:

  • 1 can black bean drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded
  • ¼ cup chipotle aioli

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, and spices (ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper). Add the chicken breasts and coat them well with the mixture. Marinate for at least 15 minutes. You can also marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium heat and lightly grease it. Place the chicken breast and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked. Transfer to a plate and let it sit for 5 minutes, then chop it into small bite-sized pieces.
  • To prepare cilantro lime rice, take the cooked rice in a bowl and add cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Toss well until the rice is fully coated.
  • Divide the rice into four bowls. Add grilled chicken, black beans, salsa, and lettuce. Drizzle sour cream and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Marinate the chicken for at least 15-20 minutes. If you are planning ahead, you can marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
  • You can also use rotisserie chicken in this recipe.
  • Customize the toppings as per your preference. For example, you can use pico de Gallo instead of salsa or swap black beans for pinto beans if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1285mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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