This Chipotle-style chicken burrito protein bowl is full of amazing stuff! 36g of protein, heart-healthy fats, and essential goodness! Its marinade consists of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, tangy lime and earthy garlic, which create a wonderfully moist and flavorful chicken perfect for these protein bowls.
This chicken burrito bowl is not only tasty and nutritious, but it will also keep you full throughout the day. The chipotle pepper and adobo sauce add an abundance of flavor to the black beans, corn, chicken and avocado that provide both protein and fiber. For a satisfying meal that can be tailored to your own preferences, this protein bowl is ideal! Why not give this recipe a go today?
CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL INGREDIENTS
There are three parts to this protein bowl: rice, chicken, and toppings, but it is one of the most cohesive and delicious meals ever!
MARINATED CHICKEN WITH CHIPOTLE AND ADOBO
This recipe calls for chicken breast because it is lean and high in protein. However, you can use any type of chicken you prefer.
The perfect amount of heat and smokiness is added to this dish with chipotle peppers in adobo. Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapeno peppers that have been dried and canned in a spicy tomato, garlic, vinegar, and spice sauce.
The lime juice tenderizes the chicken and adds a bit of acidity to balance out the chipotle pepper's spice.
Adding garlic to this marinade adds depth of flavor and tenderizes the chicken.
Cooking chicken in avocado oil keeps it moist while keeping it healthy.
This dish benefits from salt to bring out all of its flavors
RICE WITH CILANTRO LIME
To remove excess starch before cooking, rinse the white rice before cooking to remove any excess starch.
A key ingredient in this dish is cilantro, which adds a fresh, bright flavor to the rice and is an excellent source of antioxidants.
In combination with the zest, lime juice gives the rice a tart and tangy flavor.
To bring out all of the flavors in white rice, season it well with salt.
TOPPINGS FOR BURRITO BOWLS
In this recipe, Romaine lettuce is an excellent choice because it is crisp and mild in flavor. However, you can use any type of lettuce that you like.
The tomatoes add color and freshness to this dish. Roma tomatoes have a sweet flavor and are small.
In this dish, avocados add creaminess and healthy fats.
The black beans add a bit of heartiness to this dish as well as protein and fiber.
Adding corn to burrito bowls adds sweetness and crunch.
The red onions add a bit of color and sweetness to this dish.
It adds a bright, fresh flavor to the dish and ties everything together.
CHIPOTLE-INSPIRED CHICKEN BOWL RECIPE
This burrito bowl consists of three parts: chicken, cilantro rice, and assembling everything with toppings.
CHIPOTLE CHICKEN MUST BE MARINATED & COOKED
Let the chicken marinate for a couple of hours after seasoning it.
Once the chicken is heated through, cook it in a skillet.
RICE WITH CILANTRO LIME SHOULD BE COOKED
Cook white long grain rice with lime juice and cilantro in another pot.
Mix the lime juice and cilantro into the rice and set aside.
HEALTHY BURRITO BOWL TIPS
Rinsing rice removes the starch on its exterior, which will bind the rice grains together during cooking, resulting in clumpy rice if you don't rinse. For more tips on how to cook rice, click here. This excess starch is great if you're making risotto, but for this lime cilantro rice, we want the grains to be separate and fluffy.
Whether you serve them warm or cold, you can enjoy these burrito bowls right away, or you can make the rice and chicken in advance and assemble them when you need them.
Before slicing the chicken, let it rest for at least five minutes to keep the juices in.
If you have the time, marinating the chicken for a longer period of time will result in more flavorful meat. However, it is not necessary to marinate the chicken for a full 24 hours for this recipe to taste great.
To make sure you get the most juice, choose limes that feel smooth and relatively thin-skinned - these are guaranteed to be the juiciest!
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