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Build your own healthy Tex-Mex meal with deconstructed chicken burritos in bowls. Recipe at

Naked Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x


Build your own healthy Tex-Mex meal with deconstructed chicken burritos in bowls. 



For the chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the rice:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice or brown jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of one large lime

For the beans:

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans or black beans, drained and rinsed well

For the toppings:

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cabot Light Cheddar or Cabot Pepper Jack
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • Shredded romaine lettuce
  • Diced onions
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Corn tortillas


  1. For the chicken, place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon canola oil. Seal bag and massage together until chicken is well coated. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. To cook chicken, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add chicken with marinade and saute for 7 -8 minutes until chicken is cooked through, stirring every minute or so. Remove from pan.
  3. For the rice, bring water to a boil in a large sauce pan. Add rice, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for 35-40 minutes (or follow instructions on package.) Fluff rice with a fork and mix in cilantro and lime juice.
  4. For the beans, heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a medium skillet. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add beans and cook until warm, about 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Serve chicken, rice, beans and all other toppings in serving bowls and let everyone fix their own burrito bowl.


Adapted from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie’s Naked Chicken Burrito Bowls