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Chicken Burrito Salad Bowl

May 02, 2022 5 min read

This chicken burrito salad bowl is a healthy version of the much-loved fajita entrée at your favorite Mexican restaurant. With fresh vegetables, beans, rice, and cajun-seasoned chicken, this meal is full of fiber, protein, nutrients, and seasonings. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s also suitable for gluten-free diets. This salad bowl is a lighter version of a chicken burrito and is a great dish to make if you want to eat healthy while still enjoying traditional Mexican spicy and citrus flavors. This meal can also be customized by adding your favorite burrito toppings!

How to make Chicken Burrito Salad Bowl using Multo® by CookingPal®?

Chicken Burrito Salad Bowl

1. Prepare chicken and vegetables.

First, prepare your ingredients.

Red bell peppers are low in calories, about 30 calories per pepper, and are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to promote a healthy lifestyle. They are suitable for all types of diets, and being packed with 7 grams of carbs, they also help to keep you feeling full for long periods of time. 

Black beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and vitamin B6. With their low amounts of cholesterol, they also decrease the risk of heart disease. Canned black beans are prepared by draining the can, then being warmed and seasoned, an easy and quick healthy addition to your meals. 

Sweet corn is packed with vitamin C and is a great vegetable to add to dishes for a bit of juicy crunch and sweetness. This either comes in a can or frozen. Frozen corn needs to be thawed for 5-10 minutes before cooking and canned corn needs to be drained. Similar to cooking black beans, corn only needs to be warmed and seasoned before eating. 

Chicken is one of the main ingredients in this dish. With its low fat content, high protein (about 30 grams per breast), and low calories (about 165 calories per breast), this meat selection is perfect for those health-conscious eaters.

In this recipe, chicken is steamed alongside the other ingredients to retain its juices and tenderness, but it can be prepared in so many other ways. Baking chicken is an easy, “hands-free” way to cook your meat; simply add oil and spices or be adventurous with adding different marinades. Air-frying and pan-searing chicken with oil and herbs will give it more crisp and a brown outer layer. Its ability to be prepared in different ways makes chicken a versatile source of protein that can be made in stir-fries, casseroles, bowl toppings, or as a main dish with your favorite vegetables and starches.

2. Prepare rice.

Cooked Rice

Pearl rice is the base of this bowl and is easily cooked by simmering on low-heat in water. Pearl rice is another name for short-grain white rice and, when cooked, has a stickier consistency, making this a good option for bowls, sushi, or even rice pudding. Pearl rice helps to control cholesterol levels, therefore reducing blood pressure. 

You can replace pearl rice with other grains to achieve the same final product in this recipe. Alternative options include brown rice, quinoa, farro, Right Rice, and barley. These alternatives have naturally high amounts of fiber, magnesium, and other nutrients. Some grains, such as quinoa and Right Rice, also contains lots of protein. These substitutes can be cooked the same way as pearl rice - simmering in water on low-heat - simply follow package instructions for proportions and serving sizes.

3. Slice avocado.

Rich in potassium, fiber, folate, and monounsaturated fats, avocados have become an increasingly popular food choice over the last decade. Their rich flavor and versatility make this ingredient an easy pairing for this bowl recipe. 

Due to its large seed, avocados are scientifically classified as a fruit. Like other fruits, they are best enjoyed and most flavorful when ripe. Avocados are ready to use when their outside skin is a dark gray-brown color and are soft (but not too soft!) to the touch. Should you have a hard avocado on hand, you can speed up its ripening process by placing it in a sealed paper bag with a banana, kiwi, or apple and allow their naturally-produced ethylene gas to help make your avocado soft.

4. Garnish and enjoy!

Once your ingredients are finished cooking, it is time to assemble and garnish your bowl. This recipe calls for cilantro (also known as coriander) as a garnish. A popular herb used in Mexican-inspired cooking, cilantro has a citrusy, herbaceous taste that pairs well with spices. Also known as “Chinese parsley”, cilantro closely resembles the Italian parsley we know and often use. Should the strong taste and smell of cilantro not be of interest to you, parsley could be substituted for a more subtle, fresh flavor.

Holding Chicken Burrito Salad Bowl on hands

Tips and Tricks

  • What dressings/sauces go well with this bowl?

    Here are a few recommended sauces to use if you are looking to “dress up” your chicken burrito bowl:

    1. Thai Chili Sauce: With zesty ginger, Thai chili, and brown sugar, this sauce is a great sweet-and-spicy topping to bring some Asian flare to your meal.
      Thai Chili Sauce
    2. Chipotle Mayonnaise: Combine the creaminess of mayo with hot chipotle peppers for a homemade sauce that will add a pop of flavor. 
      Chipotle Mayonnaise
    3. Green Chile Sauce: This Mexican-inspired sauce is packed with jalapeño peppers, and is a popular selection for spice lovers.
      Green Chile Sauce
  • How to make burritos? How do I fold burritos?

    This recipe can be made into a burrito in no time. Choose your favorite burrito-size flour tortilla (white, whole wheat, spinach, roasted tomato, etc.) and scoop on the rice, beans, chicken, veggies, and toppings.
    Once the filling is placed in the middle of the tortilla, fold the left and right sides inwards. Then, start with the edge closest to you and roll the tortilla until you read the far end. 
     

  • What toppings can I add to personalize my meal?

    Sour cream, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and red onions are popular toppings that goes well with these bowls.
  • What if I want to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

    This recipe can be adapted for different dietary needs. For a vegetarian option, you can either remove the chicken from this recipe and enjoy it with only the beans and vegetables or substitute chicken with tofu or a plant-based protein alternative.

This chicken burrito salad bowl is great for an individual meal or served as a build-your-own style for a group. With chicken, fresh vegetables, and rice, it’s a healthy recipe that will leave you feeling full. You can personalize your meal with your favorite toppings or wrap in a flour tortilla for a handheld burrito! Be sure to also check out Multo’s other recipe ideasfor inspiration and step-by-step directions for delicious meals!

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