Chicken Burrito Bowl

Recipe Info

Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Moderate
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min


For the Chicken:

  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • Oil for Searing
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

For the Bowl:

  • 1 ½ Cups Long Grain Rice
  • 4 Cups Mixed Greens
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Avocado
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Lime
  • Hot Sauce for Serving
  • Sour Cream for Serving


  1. Halve the cherry tomatoes and halve one of the limes, cut the other lime into wedges. Shred the cheese and mince the cilantro.
  2. Drain the black beans and rinse them well. Set all prepared ingredients aside.
  3. Bring six cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Rinse the rice well and then cook it until it is tender to the bite. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile cut any large fat pieces off the thighs and cut into a dice. Toss with the paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  5. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom and heat until it shimmers, about 30 seconds.
  6. Add half the chicken to the pan and saute until the chicken is lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Add the juice of half a lime to deglaze, lower the heat a little and cover with a lid to allow it to finish cooking, about 3 minutes more. When the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 Fahrenheit remove it and let it rest. Repeat this with the second batch of chicken.
  7. Slice the avocado and then build your burrito bowls! Garnish with hot sauce or Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.

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Savannah Says...

  1. What can I substitute?

    1. If you don't like pollo...
      You can always substitute the proteins! Switch out meat and beans to suit your fancy. Try some sauteed peppers and onions for a more fajita style bowls! And mix up any veggies that you’d like!
  2. Why wouldn’t you just wrap this in a tortilla?

    1. It throws off the hot sauce ratios...
      You totally could! But sometimes I’d rather have the extra calories in filling and personally, I like eating my burrito in a bowl! I can get the perfect ratio of hot sauce and sour cream in each bite.

Ramblings of a Line Cook

There’s a place called Illegal Pete’s in Colorado that serves mission style burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and quesadillas. They have an upstairs with a deck, two bars and are open till 3:00 am.

I was a regular customer and would frequent them anytime I needed a quick, but super filling, delicious burrito. One time Tony and I were so hungry and decided to head to Illegal Pete’s for dinner. I started singing “Gonna get a big burrriiitoooo.” on the way there. The excitement was real.

Another time Tony and I went with my sister Tori to watch her boyfriend Max play jazz at the Elizabeth Hotel. We all hit Illegal Pete’s afterward, around 11:30 pm, and it happened to be finals week for CSU. We’d just sat down with our burrito bowls when a group of three college students came in and at least one of them must have been celebrating being done with finals. She was so drunk that when her friends sat her down and went to order she promptly put her head down and fell asleep on the table. The staff is well trained in the art of spotting potential puking students and told them she needed to leave.

They woke her up and with a sudden burst of energy she threw her arms up and fell straight back on her stool. Somehow her lower back hit the stool just right and she stayed suspended on the stool with her head three inches from the floor. Her friends got her up and out and a few minutes later we heard sirens and apparently she had to be taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.

Needless to say, there is no place like Illegal Pete’s for it burritos and people watching, and since I’ve moved away these burrito bowls have been a staple around our house. They’ve now become a necessity when I get home late from work and we need something filling but don’t feel like being creative.

A burrito bowl is packed with rice, beans, and chicken for staying power, and loaded with fresh veggies to get those vitamins. Leftovers make excellent work lunches the next day and they are perfect with a little hot sauce or your favorite dressing. You can adjust the amount of rice to vegetable ratio to fit your current dietary needs. I can’t think of anything better than a big, delicious burrito bowl.

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