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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Warning! This is not a copycat recipe.

My boyfriend and I live 17 miles away from the nearest Chipotle. That didn’t stop us from satisfying our cravings though. Multiple times a week we would make the trek to Chipotle for some burrito bowls. Lately we’ve been a little busier and lacking in other resources. This became a problem because our cravings were left unwavering. This gave me an idea, why not make something similar? I already have most of the ingredient at home anyway. After all the only thing you really need to watch out for is the portion sizes. So these are what I make when I absolutely feel like doing nothing. So long as you have all of your ingredients prepped a head of time it’s pretty quick. The initial cook time is about one hour but if you have left over ingredients it takes less than 5 minutes to throw everything together.

In order to get started, this is what you will need:

Ingredients:

Rice:

  • 1 c. Brown Rice
  • 2 c. water
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. taco seasoning

Chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • taco seasoning to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Guacamole:

  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 1/8 c. diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. diced red onion
  • 1/8 c. shredded cilantro
  • 1-2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp of lime juice

Pico De Gallo:

  • 1/3 c. diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. diced red onion
  • 1/8 c. shredded cilantro
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • Juice from half of a lime
  • 1/8 c. diced jalapeno

Extras:

  • 1/2 c. Romain lettuce
  • 1/8 c. sour cream
  • 1/8 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 c. of re-fried beans or pinto beans

 

When you initially cook everything there is a lot of multitasking! I started with the chicken first. I did this because I always brine my chicken. Brining makes your chicken juicier and typically gives your chicken a little extra flavor. I brine my chicken for a minimum of 30 minutes which is why I start with that. You can either brine with salt water or you can make up your own brine. In this case I added taco seasoning, salt and pepper, and olive oil to water to make my brine.

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Set your oven to 350 degrees while you wait for your chicken to brine.

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15 minutes after you started your chicken brine start on the rice. Add 2 cups of water to a medium  saucepan and turn on high. Once your water comes to a rapid boil, add your rice, olive oil, lime juice and seasonings.

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Add lid and turn down to low heat to simmer for 45 minutes. Tip: if your water still has bubbles it’s boiling not simmering. A simmer is just below a boil. It’s more like steaming than it is boiling.

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Once the chicken is done brining, drain the mixture from the bowl. Next, coat the chicken in olive oil and toss it in the taco seasoning along with the salt and pepper.

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You can either let it sit over night like a marinade or you can stick in the oven. It all just depends on how much time you have. Cook time will vary depending on how much your breast weighs. I cooked mine at 350 degrees and checked it ever 10 minutes or so. It wasn’t done cooking until about 30 minutes later.

While you’re waiting on the chicken and the rice start on the guacamole. Start by halving your avocados and then cutting them into a grid pattern like this.

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Scoop out all contents into a bowl using a spoon.

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Now add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt and pepper. and mash with a fork.

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Once mixed together, set aside. To make the pico de gallo, add all your ingredients together and simply mix. Now all you have to do is wait.

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Check on rice and chicken to see how far they have left. You will know that your rice is done cooking once the rice has soaked up all of the liquid. If you chicken is between 165 and 180 degrees it’s read to eat.

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Once all ingredients are cooked and prepared, all you have left is assembly. Add 1/4 c. of rice, 1/4 c. diced chicken breast, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese and lettuce. Now you have yourself  a burrito bowl. You can also add these ingredients to a tortilla but it’s more calories.

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Now that you’ve made your bowl let me know what you think! Hopefully it becomes your go to easy fix meal! Stay tuned for Thursdays fit tip!

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