Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema

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Forget the fancy taco shop and it’s high priced burrito bowls. You can make your own — better and for less! Pack these Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema for lunch this week.

Chicken Burrito Bowls topped with jalapenos and containers of fixings

For years a fancy pants taco shop has been my go-to for Sunday lunch. I can order online and pick up a variety of burritos, bowls, and quesadillas to bring home to my family. For a price. A pretty hefty price.

And while I can easily justify it that it’s Sunday, my day of rest, etc., etc., I can also just as easily make aforementioned burritos, bowls, and quesadillas at home. For less. Instead of paying close to $60 to feed our family of 8, I can spend $10 or $15 and have leftovers!

But, you say, I want a burrito bowl and my husband wants a burrito! And although a burrito really isn’t that hard to make, I don’t want to make two meals. The beauty is, you’re not! When you stop to think about it, you’ll realize that burrito bowls, burritos, quesadillas, and tacos all share the same ingredients. Once you get that bar of ingredients ready, everyone can have exactly what he or she wants! If you batch cook and freeze your proteins, you can all have a different meat, too. This is just one way that your freezer can be your BFF.

For the sake of this post, however, let’s say that everyone wants chicken. Because I said so. 😉

Is A Burrito Bowl Healthy?

It definitely can be! This recipe for each bowl is about 530 calories with the crema. You could definitely lighten it up a bit by using low-fat sour cream and cheese.

Or skip the cheese and crema all together to really lighten it up!

containers of chicken, tomatoes, corn, jalapenos, rice and black beans

What Can You Put In A Burrito Bowl?

These Chicken Burrito Bowls are super delicious. You can choose

  • white or brown rice
  • add cooked chicken
  • black beans, corn
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • scallions.

Stir up a sour cream sauce spiced up with chipotle pepper and lime juice and you’ve got a super tasty supper!

–> Pro tip: Assemble a few extra bowls, minus the crema for easy, economical lunches the rest of the week.

How Long Do Burrito Bowls Last In The Fridge?

When it comes to leftovers, you might want to remember the 2:4 rule from The Kitchn.

Leftovers should be stored within 2 hours and then consumed within 4 days.

chicken burrito bowl topped with chipotle crema and jalapeno slices

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Chicken Burrito Bowls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

orget the fancy taco shop and it's high priced burrito bowls. You can make your own -- better and for less! Pack these Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema for lunch this week.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: burrito bowl, chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 529 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
  • two 15-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
  1. Divide the rice among four dinner plates or, if packing for take-away, dishes with lids. Divide the chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, and scallions among the four dishes.
  2. In a small blender or food processor, combine the sour cream and chipotle pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the chipotle crema among the four dishes and serve the bowls with the dressing on the side. Top with sliced jalapeno.
  4. If packing for take-away, cover and refrigerate the bowls and sauces until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Burrito Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1500IU30%
Vitamin C 15.6mg19%
Calcium 303mg30%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Laurie Gaither says

    I think this is our dinner tonight. We have everything except cilantro on hand.

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