One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls

One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls


This recipe for One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls is one of my new favorites. It’s packed with flavor and so easy to make. I combined boneless, skinless chicken breast, Mexican rice, black beans, and tomatoes with Mexican spices. It’s so delicious and the best part is, everything cooks in just one pan, even the rice. This one-pot meal was a huge hit with my family and it’s faster than driving to get takeout!  You can see even more on my one-pot meals here.

Find the slow cooker version of this recipe here!


Initially, I was working on developing a one-pan Mexican casserole with rice. When I mentioned my idea to my husband, he said, “Sounds great, like everything you would put in a chicken burrito.” So I thought that was a much better name and described the dish even better! We served ours in bowls, but this dish would be amazing wrapped in a tortilla. A quick way to make homemade chicken burritos!

One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls


Start by sautéing onions in olive oil, then browning the chicken. The chicken doesn’t need to cook through completely at this point, it will continue cooking later.  Once the chicken has browned, push the chicken over to one side of the pan and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Saute the uncooked rice in olive oil until slightly toasted, just a minute or two.  Sautéing the uncooked rice is a key step in making homemade Mexican rice, so make sure not to skip this step. It prevents the rice from being too starchy and sticky.


One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls


Add chicken broth, drained canned tomatoes, and drained and rinsed black beans to the pan along with seasonings. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook covered for about twenty minutes, or until rice is tender.

One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls


Once you remove the lid, you have this delicious mixture of rice and bean goodness. The rice will really soak up the seasoning, so make sure to taste at this point and adjust seasoning as needed.

One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls


Remove pan from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Recover and let dish stand for a few minutes until cheese melts. Garnish with fresh tomatoes and green onions. Finish with fresh guacamole and sour cream.

I had a million ideas for this dish, and I had a hard time narrowing down the combination of ingredients. Everything sounded good to me, but I ended up with a combination I thought would be the most kid-friendly for our family.  In the recipe, I’ve listed possible variations just to mix things up!

Kitchen tools you will need to make this recipe:

Links are to the products I use and love in my kitchen.

Stainless Steel Saute Pan or Stainless 3-1/2-Quart Saute Pan

Cutting Board

Chef’s Knife

Box Grater




Here is a quick video of my One-Pan Chicken Burrito recipe:

5 from 1 vote
One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 4 -5
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup of uncooked extra-long grain rice
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups of colby jack monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • freshly diced tomatoes
  • diced green onions
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  1. Start by sautéing onions in 2 tablespoon of olive oil until they start to soften.
  2. Season diced chicken with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Add chicken to pan and cook over medium high heat until chicken has started to brown.
  4. Move chicken to one side of pan, in the other side of the pan add an additional tablespoon of olive oil and sauté uncooked rice for about 2 minutes or just until some grains start to turn golden brown.
  5. Stir in black beans, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.
  6. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low.
  7. Cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
  8. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  9. Sprinkle with cheese, recover and let set for 2-3 off heat to melt cheese.
  10. Garnish with fresh tomatoes, green onions, sour cream and guacamole.
Recipe Notes

Recipe variations:
Try sautéing diced bell peppers or jalapeños along with onions.
Mix in frozen corn in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Substitute ground beef or ground turkey for chicken.
Skip the cheese for a lighter version.


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One-Pan Chicken Alfredo

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love meals like this. All my favorite things in one big ol’ skillet. And cheese. Lots of cheese 🙂

  2. Sounds DELISH and so adaptable to so many uses and variations. Bowls, burritos, adding peppers, corn,avocados, etc.
    I must try.

  3. How many does this serve? I’m making dinner tomorrow night for my family (5 adults) and this looks soo good. Would this be enough or should I double the recipe? Could always serve with burritos or soft tacos if not enough I guess!

    • It serves 4-5, so I think it should work for you family. Let me know how it goes:0)

      • It was so good!! Didn’t have to double it, was more than enough for everyone. I served it with cornchips and burritos. We used to live in the U.S (we’re from New Zealand) and my Dad said this was the best thing he has tasted since Chipotle (NZ hasn’t quite mastered mexican yet). We can’t get a lot of the ingredients you guys can over there, so this was really good as everything was the same apart from the cheese. Thank you!!

  4. Heather says:

    I made this tonight for dinner, and my husband and son loved it! It will definitely be added to our rotation of favorites. I added ortega chiles with the sauteed onions, and topped with cilantro in addition to the green onions. So delish!

  5. This recipe looks so good. I love Mexican food. Thanks so much

  6. Can you use brown rice??

  7. Jessica says:

    Mine is still super soupy after 25 minutes. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jessica,

      I would recheck the steps and make sure you drained the tomatoes and beans. Don’t forget, the recipe calls for uncooked rice. The rice cooks in the broth.

      • I have drained everything, but put in brown rice and its been longer then 20 mins and its still soap so letting it cook longer.

        • I just made this with brown rice and had the same problem. I do not recommend making with brown rice. It take much longer to cook than white rice.

          • I make it with brown rice all the time, it works great, you just need to simmer for 40-45 minutes until it’s not soupy and the rice is cooked.

  8. This looks amazing! I am scoping out recipes that I can easily convert to vegan and this would work great! Just substitute vegetable broth, tofu and hold the cheese!

  9. Could you use rotisserie chicken in this recipe?

  10. I’m making this right now and I can’t wait to eat it! Thanks for such a delicious and easy recipe. My family is gluten free, so a burrito bowl without a burrito is perfect for us 🙂

  11. Totally craving this right now!

  12. Lindsay says:

    How could I do this with quinoa?

    • I know it’s been months since you asked, but I have a recipe that is just like this (minus chicken) that uses quinoa instead of rice. It’s from Damn Delicious called Mexican quinoa skillet

  13. Oh goodness, I am queen of the kitchen in my boyfriend’s eyes after making this this evening. I made margaritas with fresh strawberries too, which was a perfect addition. Thank you for posting! I can’t wait to try all your other recipes too. =)

  14. Becky Turk says:

    Just made this tonight, delicious! Served with Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and over chopped romain lettuce! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Aloha. I made your recipe tonight and it is a hit, especially with my sometimes picky nine and seven year keiki. Mahalo for this recipe and sharing.

  15. Pleeeaaaase make a crock pot version of this! Both times I’ve tried this it has been awesome, but I also burned it both times. My stovetop can’t handle it! Any ideas for how to make this in the slow cooker?

  16. Please make this into a slow cooker recipe! I’ve made it twice and burned it both times. My stovetop can’t handle the delicious ness! Pretty please?

  17. Do you think you could freeze this? I am looking for something I can freeze to take camping then throw on the fire in a pan to reheat and serve. Obviously added the cheese and other garnish at the end of reheating while camping.

  18. I made these for dinner tonight. We just finished eating and I had to post a comment and let you know how unbelievably delicious these were. I used sirloin tips and fire-roasted tomatoes and served them in warm tortillas and they tasted as good as anything I’ve had in a restaurant in forever. And the best part? Even my picky eater ate! Thank you so much!

  19. Samantha says:

    Yum, made this last night with a few substitutions – I added corn, used only 1 cup cheese, and used only 2 cups chicken broth (just in case!). Also, I used the Kroger brown rice and it came out great! Thanks!

  20. My family loved this! So easy to make! I substituted real garlic for the powder and I think it gave it good flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. This is really delicious! Looks just like the picture and tasted perfect. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe. 🙂

  22. I’ve made this three and it is so delicious and easy to put together. One of the times we even used leftover rotisserie chicken and it was perfect–even faster. Mine was “soupy” as well (even though I drained both the tomatoes and beans) so the second time I only used 2 cups (actually a little less). I’m thinking it might have to do with the juiciness of the chicken. I just turned up the heat and tad a kept an eye on it for 5-10 more minutes and it was perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Im a newly wed so im still learning the whole cooking thing, and this recipe was fantastic and easy to follow!
    Thankyou so much for sharing!

  24. I made this tonight and it was awesome! I omitted the chicken because I figured we would not miss it, and guess what? We did not miss it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. I love the recipe and it looks mighty delicious! Check us out at for great recipes from other bloggers. We would love to link out to your recipe and send some of our readers your way.
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  26. chanelle miller says:

    our family loved this! so simple and we wrapped it in a tortilla like a burrito! thanks for sharing

  27. Deanna Bushman says:

    This is very similar to what I whipped up the other night to use up some leftover rice & beans from earlier in the week.. Mine had slices of habanero & pepperjack chicken sausage in (and no cheese), as well. It was really good the first night and the leftovers were even better wrapped up in a tortilla with some sour cream, salsa, and shredded Mexican cheese, before being pan fried in a little vegetable oil (melty cheesy inside; crispy sealed outside). 🙂

  28. Made this tonight with brown rice. I was worried since I didn’t change anything else but that and didn’t know how long to cook for. I simmered on low for 20 mins as recommended and then pumped 10 more mins on at exactly medium heat. It helped to boil off some of the soupiness. Then I let it sit (off the burner) for about 10 mins before putting the cheese on, even though it was still soupy. When the cheese melted and I mixed it in, that thickened it up quite a bit. I’m sure once I put this in the fridge for tomorrow’s dinner, it’ll be perfect when reheated! My taste test was yummy tonight! Just a word of encouragement to those like myself who would prefer to avoid white rice 🙂

  29. I made this tonight and just wanted to thank you – it’s beautiful, extremely tasty and tastes authentically Mexican. I didn’t have chilli powder, so used a sprinkling of chilli flakes. To keep it light I just grated a very small amount of cheese over the dish after it was in the serving bowls, then topped with the chopped tomato and shallots and added some sliced jalopenos. Thanks so much, it’s earned a prominent place in my recipe folder!

  30. I made this tonight, drained everything as directed and mine came out soupy too 🙁

    • Hi Jennifer,

      The mixture should be on the moist side. The rice isn’t meant to be dry and fluffy, something similar to jambalaya. If you have extra liquid, you can simmer the mixture uncovered for a few minutes and that should do the trick.

  31. Susie Seeley says:

    I made this Saturday night for dinner, my 19 year old daughter, who hates EVERYTHING, especially leftovers, devoured this, ate ate the leftovers in tortillas for 3 days straight. Today, Tuesday, she asked me to make it again! The only change I made was tripling the seasonings! Yay! A keeper!

  32. Stephanie says:

    I made this tonight with brown rice and fresh tomatoes instead of canned. It took about an hour instead of 20 minutes, but it turned out delicious. Thank you.

  33. I made this tonight and we LOVED it. I also added red bell pepper, green chilies and some Chipotle pepper powder for a nice smokey kick. I can’t wait to have left overs tomorrow!!

  34. Just made this and very yummy. Put my own twist by using fresh tomatoes instead of canned. Then added fresh corn and cilantro the last five minutes. I also used quinoa instead of rice. One last thing was squeezed fresh lime juice on serving, gave it that extra zest! Very good!!

  35. shannon campos-hatfield says:

    I made this tonight. EVERYONE LOVED it. We put it in flour tortillas with a bit of cheese, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and guac….it tasted like chipole to us. THANKS for a YUMMY recipe!

  36. Delicious!!!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  37. Made this for the first time a couple nights ago and is now one of my favorite easy dinners by far! i made the addition of a can of Hatch green chiles for a little extra spice and they were fantastic. Thank you so much for the recipe and inspiration for future meals!

  38. I’m not much of a cook- more of my husband’s thing (thank God!), but I do make dinner every now and again. I’m going to make this tonight. It looks soon good omgosh! Wish me luck 😀

  39. Would you happen to have the nutrition facts for this?

    • Thank for asking, Hannah. I don’t right now. Hopefully that is something I can add to my site at a later date. In the meantime, I know some people use online nutrition calculators.

  40. Hi Melissa! Is it possible to double this recipe and cook it in a large stockpot? I am concerned that it may affect cooking time. Thanks!

    • You can double! I made a triple batch recently to send to a friend. Browning the chicken will take longer, but the cooking time of the rice will stay the same.

  41. This tastes great! But mine took a really long time to cook…definitely over an hour. Still delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  42. Thank you so much for this easy, delicious recipe! I made it last night for my family and we are eating leftovers today. It is fantastic! It is kind of like a homemade Chipotle burrito bowl, which is my favorite. I used 1 can of chicken broth which was perfect, and I used a packet of taco/fajita seasoning which made it even easier. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  43. I made this tonight for my family of five and EVERYONE loved it! Crazy when that happens. Most of us rolled up in soft tortillas but my husband ate on tortilla chips like nachos. I think I counted him saying “this is delicious” six times! Thanks for this easy, yummy, family-friendly recipe.

  44. Just made this and omgosh it’s so good. Thanks for sharing:). I followed the recipe except I used ground chicken (instead of chicken breast), a can of undrained Hunts chili tomatoes (instead of regular diced tomatoes), mild sharp cheese and cooked Minute Ready to serve Jasmine rice because it was what I had on hand. Definitely making this again

  45. Could I use seasoned ground beef instead of chicken?

  46. So I tried this last night. I didn’t add the cheese, I put in a whole onion, and added 2 jalepenos and a regular pepper. It was so good and a bit vamped up with the veggies. I loved it!

  47. just made this tonight – and my husband and I LOVED IT! I also loved how easy it was to make! One tip for people who mentioned that it took longer to cook: once all the ingredients are added together in the skillet – bring ingredients to a boil for a few minutes and THEN lower the heat and simmer on low. I think that will make a big difference.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  48. Yeah definitely way too much liquid to rice ratio. All my ingredients were drained and it was way too wet. I would make with 1 3/4 cups broth next time. (I suppose it depends what rice you are using. I’m using Thai rice and it generally needs less water)

  49. Definitely a keeper recipe. The family enjoyed it and went back for seconds.. Used tomatoes with green chilies which gave it a kick. Also served it with tortilla chips. Definitely a winner

  50. This dish was amazing, I didn’t know my mom had two kinds of rice, regular and minute rice and I used gre minute rice but it still turned out perfect not soupy at all! Will definitely make tha again!

  51. This one pot burrito bowl looks out of this world! I love the one pot and I heart mexican food so this is right up my alley. I’m so making this this weekend for my family! Pinned!! 😉

  52. tried this for the third time in about as many weeks and sensational again!

  53. made this recipe today and my family loved it! I used brown rice and added the corn and some green chiles and because we like it spicy, I used hot habenaro cheese.

  54. I love this recipe! And so does my family! Gave you a shout out on my site:

  55. Hi Melissa! I just found this recipe, and am looking forward to trying it. I have a question – do you use any particular type of olive oil? Not necessarily the brand, unless you want to share that, but do you use a light, an evoo, a “flavored” (and I don’t think that’s the right word, but I’m having a brain-freeze moment)? Thanks! Dawn

  56. Made this for my family tonight!!! It was awesome!! I’m thinking about adding some diced green chiles the next time I make it instead of the chili powder. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!!

  57. Kandice says:

    I love this recipe! Thank you so much for providing such a tasty dish! One question- tonight it had bits of uncooked rice- it cooked the whole 20 minutes and I stir fried it as directed. Any thoughts on why this would happen? Did I stir fry it too long? Or maybe the rice is too old?
    Just thought I’d pick your brain! Thanks again!

  58. Jacqueline says:

    I usually don’t comment on recipes, but I can’t resist. Loved this recipe. I made it with ground turkey, omitted the onions and replaced them with a bunch of bell peppers, and added corn. So good. A+

  59. Jahcinda says:

    Delicious!! My tiny family(boyfriend and our 15 month old) loves this meal!! So easy and quick to make. Makes enough for leftovers for us as well. Definitely in our weekly rotation

  60. Suzie Briggs says:

    This looks to be a great Recipe!! I want to make this for my Sons Graduation Party, we are expecting 150 and I want to make this ahead of time, not sure how much of everything I will need and what would be the best way to cook this wonderful dish!! I do have a large electric roaster could I make this in that? If so could you give me suggestions as to how to go about it? I think I will be adding pre cooked chicken to the rice mix! I just found this recipe and will be making it in 2 days so if you could respond with helpful tips that would be so awesome!! I cant wait to look at the other wonderful Ideas you have… I am having a taco burrito bar or the Grad Party!!! Thank you again so much!!

  61. Kimberly says:

    OMG. So delicious! I topped mine with olives, homemade salsa, and guacamole. Even my mexican food hubby thought it was great!

  62. Kathi brummund says:

    Could I use barley in place of the rice?? (With adjusted cooking time as needed) I am trying to find ways to use an abundance of barley. Thank you — this recipe will be a hit with my hubby.

  63. OMG! This dish is amazing. I now have teenagers from two Brooklyn apartment buildings coming over when they find out I’m making this! I made it with steak stir fry bits and everyone loved it. The teens said “It’s bangin’!” I now have to have TWO pans going when I make it. THANK YOU! FINALLY something everyone likes!

  64. This has become a staple in our house (we omit the chicken, though). It’s such a great recipe and one of my very favourites! Thanks so much!

  65. This recipe has become a huge favorite of mine! have you ever tried freezing this, or portions of it? Id like to make while we are camping but debates cooking the chicken and rice (separately) and just freezing then adding the other parts in at the campsite (obviously with less liquid at that time). Do you think that would work?

  66. Just picked up the ingredients…had to make a special trip by bus but I can’t wait to try it…lol. Looks so yummy!

  67. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I used brown rice instead of white, and cooked it 40 min instead of 20 min with the same broth ratio and it came out great.

    Also I added a small can of diced green chiles to add a little kick.

  68. Is everyone using regular rice or or minute rice?

  69. Very good! I will make this again!

  70. sandy juliussen says:

    Fantastic! I made this tonight – I used Safeways fried chicken because it was a on sale . Four legs and four thighs for five bucks. I removed all the breading and stripped the meat from the bone. It was good! I put just a bit of shredded cheese on each serving, not nearly the amount called for and didn’t miss it. My daughter loved it too.

    I will make this at the family cabin where we feed a crowd. The price is right, too!
    My sister and I were just talking about my Grandma’s chicken and rice recipe and how we’ve both tried to make the dish but haven’t gotten it right. It is a completely different dish – involving a can of cream of mushroom soup and celery. This dish reminded me of my grandma’s. I think the secret is browning the raw rice and cooking it in broth – it gives the rice a depth of flavor. Thank you!

  71. I made this for dinner tonight and I had to come here to say thank you! So quick and easy to throw together and it was soo yummy!!

  72. This recipe is amazing! Absolutely love it, especially when its in a wrap. DELICIOUS!

  73. GREAT idea – delicious – used ground turkey cause that’s what I had. Loved this and so did the fam! Thanks!

  74. Made this for dinner last week. Everyone in the family gives it two thumbs up. The only thing that didn’t work out well was that my rice was a little crisp and we cooked it longer than stated but I’m pretty sure it was user error. I didn’t saute them long enough. We also added thin tortilla chips for a little crunch. Super good and a recipe we will make again and again.

  75. I want to make this tomorrow but I don’t have the right beans. I only have refried beans… and I read through ALL the comments in hope that someone else might have used refried beans…. but no one said anything about it.

    Do you think I could use refried beans?!

  76. I made this on Sunday – it was amazing! All 4 of the kids, even the 4 year old, had more than one portion. I’ve also plugged you on my FB page, direct link to here, all credit to you. Thank you so much for a new favorite!

  77. College student here! just made this and man oh man its good

  78. If you want to make this recipe be sure you do not deviate from the specified rice. I tried this with jasmine rice and it did not soak up any of the chicken broth. It remained uncooked and everything was very soupy. Others seem to have had the same issue with brown rice. I didn’t realize different rices absorbed liquid differently! The process was super easy and the recipe looks very promising, just be sure to use the correct rice!!!

  79. I have made this more times than I can count. Found this page over a year ago, and this recipe (lovingly nicknamed “schlop” in our family) is now a favorite staple for dinner! Thank you!

  80. I made this tonight! We don’t like black beans, so I subbed pintos. It was FAB-U-LOUS!!! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  81. Donna Marie says:

    This is my second time making this meal and without fail it turned out amazing. My husband isnt a fan of one pot meals or anything that has a hispanic name to it, but he is sold on this recipe. Pairs perfectly with an avacado, just heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us.

  82. This was delicious! Will be making this again.

  83. Great recipe! I added a chopped chipotle for a little kick. We loved it!

  84. Two years too late? I hope not! This is soooo good! Only thing I did different was use brown rice and cooked for about 40 minutes once I added the rice. Also squeezed half a lime in during cooking. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  85. Keri Lewis says:

    Great recipe. Made last night for three adults. Had enough leftovers for dinner the next night. Thank you very much!

  86. has anyone used 5 minute white rice?

  87. I have made this recipe several times and decided it was time to leave a comment. This dish is delicious – great flavors that compliment each other. We even like it just as much the next day. Believe it would be good served in a flour tortilla for a change. Wouldn’t change a thing.


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