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Mexican Ground Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Ground Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is packed with seasoned ground Mexican chicken, cilantro lime rice, black beans along with your favorite burrito bowl toppings. It is customizable and perfect for meal prep for the week ahead.

ground chicken burrito bowl meal prep

Winner winner chicken dinner (or lunch)!!!

If you love chipotle chicken burritos or tacos or just anything Mexican, then this is your ultimate comfort food. Some of our other popular Mexican recipes include Air Fryer Nachos, Mexican Skillet Chicken, Mexican Chickpeas or Avocado Crema.

Amazingly delicious as is!!! No sauce required. Honestly, my family could eat these ground chicken bowls with rice and beans every night of the week. So DANG GOOD! We love to make it for dinner or make double batch and meal prep the leftovers.

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Ground Chicken Burrito Bowl

  • Easy
  • Quick
  • Healthy
  • Homemade
  • Family favorite
  • Customizable
  • Make-ahead
  • Flavorful
  • D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

What is a Burrito Bowl?

A burrito bowl is a deconstructed burrito minus the tortilla. It consists of all your favorite ingredients – Any protein, cheese, beans, corn, salsa, sour cream, guacamole or avocado all served on a bed of rice or lettuce. My favorite burrito bowl from Chipotle is with chicken, so I had to find a way to make a homemade version. Saves money and calories!

Mexican ground chicken in a cast iron pan.

Burrito Bowl ingredients:

Cilantro Lime Rice – I used this amazing cilantro lime rice made in instant pot that is really good. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or wanna make a quick cilantro lime rice, then simply saute some chopped onion and garlic in vegetable oil, stir fry cooked, cooled rice and salt. Finish with lime juice and chopped cilantro. This cilantro lime rice can be used to make many Mexican burrito bowls.

Chicken Taco Meat – Ground chicken is sautéed with the Best Chicken Taco Seasoning. It is super flavorful blend of spices like chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, paprika, cayenne, ground black pepper, oregano and salt and does not come close to any store bought ones. This homemade taco seasoning is good not only with ground chicken, but also chickpeas (Chickpea Taco Bowls). 

Black beans Drained and rinsed canned black beans

Corn – Leftover grilled corn or defrosted frozen corn works well

Salsa – Use your favorite kind of salsa or pico de gallo.

Avocado – Ain’t a homemade burrito bowl with chicken without avocado or you could use this avocado crema instead

Cheese – Shredded cheddar or Mexican blend works well

Lime – A squeeze goes a long way

Jalapeno – A must in my opinion

Cilantro  – Optional but highly recommended

It may seem like a huge laundry list but, each and every component is easy to prepare and can be refrigerated separately to make ground chicken burrito bowl anytime. 

If you are craving take out food, then check out this 30 Take Out Recipes you can make at Home

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mexican chicken bowl with rice.


Step-1: Make Cilantro Lime Rice

Step-2: Make ground chicken taco meat. Saute ground chicken with Best Chicken Taco Seasoning in vegetable oil until cooked.

Step-3: Prep black beans, corn, avocado, salsa/pico de gallo, cheese, jalapeño, cheese and cilantro.

Step-4 : Assemble bowls —> Layer rice, ground chicken taco meat, black beans, corn, avocado, salsa/pico de gallo, cheese, jalapeño, cheese and cilantro into meal prep containers.

Expert tips:

Can I substitute white Rice? Absolutely! Brown rice gives you a solid dose of healthy carbs and fiber or cauliflower rice for a carb free version.


Make it vegetarian – Use spicy skillet chickpeas instead of ground chicken.

Make it carb free – Use chopped lettuce instead of rice.

Make it low carb – Use cauliflower rice instead

Wrap into a burrito – Wrap all components into a large flour tortilla.

Use guacamole instead of avocado

How to meal prep?

  1. Cook chicken and rice, allow to cool and divide into meal prep containers.
  2. Have all fresh ingredients divided into containers.
  3. Save avocado until ready to serve.

How long does burrito bowl last in fridge?

They will last approximately 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Cooked components like chicken, rice, black beans and corn can be stored together. Salsa or pico de gallo can be stored in seperate container.

Love tacos? We have a huge collection of tacos

Frequently asked questions

Are burrito bowls healthy?

Absolutely! They are well balanced with protein, carbs and vegetables. For a low carb version, swap out the cilantro lime rice with cauliflower rice or chopped lettuce or use brown rice instead for a more nutritous boost.

bowls with cilantro lime rice, mexican chicken, black beans and toppings.


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Mexican Ground Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Ground Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is packed with seasoned ground Mexican chicken, cilantro lime rice, black beans along with your favorite burrito bowl toppings. It is customizable and perfect for meal prep for the week ahead.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Burrito bowl meal prep, chicken burrito bowl, chicken burrito bowl meal prep, ground chicken burrito, ground chicken meal prep, Mexican chicken bowl
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Doss



Cook chicken

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken and taco seasoning. Saute (breaking lumps) for 4-5 minutes until chicken is cooked and browned. Transfer and let cool. 

To assemble

  • Divide the rice, chicken, salsa or pico de gallo, cheese, beans and corn (if using) into meal prep containers. Add sliced avocado just before eating. 


If your salsa is watery, then either store salsa in small 2 ounce jello shot cups with lid or top salsa before eating. 
May sub pico de gallo instead of salsa
If you don’t have an instant pot or don’t have time to make cilantro lime rice recipe then here is quick version with leftover white rice that will work great – In a non-stick skillet, saute finely chopped garlic in some vegetable oil, until golden (don’t let get dark in color). Stir in rice, lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt. Mix until combined and take off heat and let cool. 
Guacamole may be used instead of sliced avocados. 

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Recipe Rating

Christine Laprise

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Omg this was Amazing! Compares to the Mexican joint down the road. The lime rice was the kicker! I did my rice in the instantpot. Amazing. Thanks for sharing. Took no time at all. I can save myself $10 I would spend on take out cause this is definitely comparable.

Maria Doss

Thursday 24th of January 2019

Thank you Christine, so glad that you loved it:)


Sunday 8th of July 2018

id like to know the nutritional facts please


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

When eating a meal that is prepped like this, do you heat it up again? Do you eat it cold? Do you take it apart to heat it, so the meat and rice are hot? I never really understood. Thanks.

Maria Doss

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Great question Anna. It is meant to be eaten room temperature (stored in the refrigerator at home) , which is most school or work lunch situations. Hope it helps:)

Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

The fam would love these!! They look amazing and I want to stuff them in my mouth...for real!!! Best comfort, cozy food and healthy at the same time. :D

Maria Doss

Saturday 17th of March 2018

Thank you dear Kim:)

heather (delicious not gorgeous)

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

this sounds delicious! and corn is never optional (; i always make sure to ask for some when i go to chipotle!