Who needs a trip to Chipotle when you can easily replicate the amazing chicken burrito bowl right at home? A quick and easy marinade takes the chicken to a juicy next level and, dare we say... it's even better than the fast-casual chain's version.
Marinate the chicken ahead of time and grill it up right before you're ready to serve the burrito bowls. Just like at Chipotle, what goes inside the burrito bowl is totally up to you. While there are a variety of suggested toppings that make the burrito bowl great, the idea behind this customizable recipe is that you can add whatever you like. Prepare all of the toppings from scratch or cut down on the cooking time by using premade grocery store ingredients. You can also add things like pinto or black beans, pico de gallo, or spicy salsa.
Tuck the chicken inside a burrito if you like. It can easily work stuffed in enchiladas or as a nacho fixing, too. It's super versatile to use in many Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, and any leftovers are great as a topping for a make-ahead salad.
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- For Marinade:
- 1/2 medium yellow onion (roughly diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 chipotle pepper (plus 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- For the Burrito Bowl:
- 6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless; or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
- 3 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup guacamole
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
Gather the ingredients.
In a blender or food processor, combine all of the marinade ingredients until completely smooth.
Add both the marinade and chicken to a bowl with a lid. Refrigerate for at least an hour or for a maximum of 4 hours. If you marinate for too long, the lime juice will actually start to cook the chicken.
When you're ready to cook the chicken, heat your grill pan on high heat.
Sear the chicken on both sides, then turn the heat to medium-low and cook until the juices run clear, or the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
Remove the chicken from the grill pan and turn off the heat. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 5 minutes.
Chop the chicken to your desired size. Serve it on top of the rice along with other toppings, like salsa, guacamole, and lettuce. Enjoy.
- This recipe is designed for canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You won't use the entire can; transfer the excess to a sealed jar and keep it in the fridge for later use.
Is the Chipotle Burrito Bowl Healthy?
Recreating restaurant food at home lets you customize it to your diet. While Chipotle's burrito bowls are among the healthiest items on their menu, you can control each element when making it yourself. Small changes can lower the calories, carbs, and fats in your burrito bowl. For instance, switch to brown rice or use beans as the base for a protein boost. Make your own salsa so you know what's inside and concentrate more on the veggie toppings. Choose either cheese or low-fat sour cream, and eliminate or take it easy on the guacamole. Even homemade guac can have a significant amount of plant-based saturated fats and calories.
- One dried chipotle can be used as a substitute for canned chipotle. Homemade adobo sauce takes some time but keeps for one month. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or a dash of chipotle hot sauce. The spiciness will vary (and canned chipotle are quite hot), so start small and adjust to your personal taste.
- When fluffing the rice, add a squeeze of lime juice and some chopped cilantro. Or make cilantro-lime cauliflower rice for a healthier base.
- Top your burrito bowl with diced tomatoes, onions, or scallions, sliced sweet peppers, fresh corn, or chopped cilantro.