One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl
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.
How to make 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the chicken burrito bowl with fresh guacamole and sour cream.
More Burrito Bowl Recipes
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. I’ve listed possible variations in the recipe, just to mix things up!
Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe Update
Originally published in 2014 this recipe has been a reader favorite for years, I’ve updated the recipe just slightly by increasing the spices for even more flavor.
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Here is a quick video of my One-Pan Chicken Burrito recipe:
One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe - tender chunks of chicken, homemade mexican rice, and seasoned black beans loaded with your favorite burrito bowl toppings
- 1 pound chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup yellow onion diced
- 1 cup extra-long grain rice uncooked
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes drained
- 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup colby jack cheese monterey jack or cheddar cheese
- kosher salt and pepper
- freshly diced tomatoes
- diced green onions
- sour cream
Start by sautéing onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until they start to soften.
Season diced chicken with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
Add chicken to pan and cook over medium high heat until chicken has started to brown.
Move chicken to one side of pan. On 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.
Stir in drained black beans, drained canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika and cumin.
Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low.
Cook about 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
Sprinkle with cheese, recover and let set for 2-3 minutes off heat to melt cheese.
Garnish with fresh tomatoes, green onions, sour cream and guacamole.
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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