Apparently I’ve been into chicken and rice this week, but it is a healthy and relatively easy dinner, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Last night I was craving chipotle and decided to make homemade burrito bowls instead. This is easily made vegetarian by opting out of the chicken and increasing your bean serving.
Chicken Burrito Bowl
For the chicken:
1/4 cup tomato paste
3-4 Tbl. olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lime
pico, salsa, or taco seasoning
Whisk together all ingredients and place in ziplock bag or reusable container. Place chicken breasts in marinade and coat, then let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes (this could definitely marinate all day if you prepared it in the morning).
Once chicken has marinated, heat grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium. Grill chicken on both sides until fully cooked. Remove, let cool slightly, and slice.
For the rice:
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
Zest and juice of one lime
Bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
Combine rice and water in pot with lid. Bring to a boil, then drop the heat down to a simmer until water is absorbed and rice is soft. Once finished cooking, remove from heat and add lime juice, zest, and cilantro.
For the salad:
1 cup romaine, shredded or chopped
1-2 bell peppers, chopped
1 tomato, diced
2 Tbls. diced red onion
1/2 cup corn, optional (I enjoy this, but if you don’t have any on hand, skip it)
Guacamole, also optional
Lime wedges, for serving
Once the rice is done and the chicken is done, you just need to prepare the veggies and build your bowl! I combine the diced tomato and diced onion into a salsa and season with pico de gallo seasoning.
Hopefully this makes sense. If you have any questions, let me know! This was definitely a fun dinner for us, especially building our own plates in different ways. We are only two people, so the rice was plenty. However, I would double it to feed 4-5 people. If you are cutting carbs or something, then just eliminate the rice and make it a salad! 🙂
The last thing I’ll say is this is perfect if you have older kids and don’t get to eat together. Because everything can be prepared ahead and assembled when served, it is great for staggered dinner times.