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One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

One pot recipes are the perfect dinner recipes to make on busy weeknights. This one pot chicken burrito bowl is easy to make. The best part is that everything is cooked in one pan making an easy meal for the whole family to love.

Flavorful chicken and rice are cooked in a pot with diced tomatoes, black beans, and spices. All topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

Chicken burrito bowl in white pot with wood spoon, parsley and kitchen towel beside it.

One Pan Recipe

Everything is cooked together in one pot or frying pan. I don’t think it could be any easier! I LOVE one pot / one pan meals because I don’t like added fuss. The most work you’ll be doing here is grating cheese and chopping chicken.

  • It’s loaded with chunks of chicken. Like, LOADED! Plus black beans, tomatoes, rice and spices.
  • To keep things as simple as possible, you can use canned diced tomatoes and black beans.
  • The cheese really completes the recipe – it’s so simple but takes this meal from an 8 to a 10. There’s something about adding a bit of cheese that just makes things more delicious, don’t you think?
  • With simple fresh ingredients, you can make an easy weeknight dinner all in one pot. Use leftovers as an easy meal prep for weekday lunches.
  • Chicken breasts are chopped into bite-sized pieces, but can be replaced with pork or beef. For a more affordable meal, you can use ground turkey, chicken, or beef like we did in our ground turkey sweet potato skillet recipe. 
  • If you like this chicken recipe, you might also enjoy our sweet and sour chicken bites (a family favorite), instant pot chili chicken (easy 30 minute dinner) and our easy baked chicken legs.
Raw chicken, bag of rice, canned diced tomatoes, yellow onion, canned black beans, mozzarella cheese, carton of chicken broth on white counter.

Recipe Ingredients

  • CHICKEN: I used 1.4 lbs of small chicken breasts (about 0.63 kg). To save time, you can also use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. For more flavor, marinade the chicken ahead of time with one of our six easy chicken marinade recipes.
  • RICE: I used short grain brown rice. You can also use long-grain white rice or brown rice.
  • BEANS: You’ll need one 14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • DICED TOMATOES: You can use canned diced tomatoes or chopped fresh tomatoes.
  • SPICES: A combination of onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. If you’re in a pinch, skip the seasonings listed here and just use 1 tsp of taco seasoning.
  • CHEESE: Use freshly grated mozzarella cheese. You can also use cheddar cheese, marble, or monterey jack.
  • TOPPINGS: This is a great recipe to add favorite toppings like sour cream or plain greek yogurt, pico de Gallo, adobo sauce, sliced red onion, and freshly squeezed lime wedges.

VARIATIONS: If you don’t have an ingredient that I used, swap it for something else. Swap black beans for chickpeas, lentils or kidney beans. Before heading to the grocery store look in your fridge first… anything there you need to use up? What about some frozen corn or peas? If you have some bell peppers, those would work great too!

Close up of one pot chicken burrito bowl with wood spoon.

How To Make One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

  1. Grate cheese, chop onion, chop chicken.
  2. Toast the rice in a pot over medium heat with a bit of olive oil. Add onions and garlic.
  3. Sear the chicken. Add broth, black beans, diced tomatoes and spices according to full recipe instructions below.
  4. Simmer until liquid cooks down.
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4-5 days. Add to separate containers for easy meal prep lunches. Spoon a serving into whole grain wraps with romaine lettuce for future lunches.

Melted mozzarella cheese an a sprinkling of parsley overtop of chicken burrito bowl mixture in a white pot.

Recipe Tips

  • It’s easier to prep ingredients before you begin the recipe. There are a few small steps to cooking but each requires only 1-2 minutes before moving on to the next. That’s not enough time to chop and prep between each one.
  • Keep cooking oil nearby. You’ll need to add it as you go – before toasting rice, before adding chicken and before onions. Use any cooking oil you regularly use in your kitchen.
  • Toasting the rice adds flavor to the meal and creates more even cooking. Add a bit of oil to the pot then mix in the rice. It will only take a minute or two before you start to see the rice turning brown.
  • Sear the Chicken quickly for only 1-2 minutes before moving on to the next step. This helps to seal in more flavor.
  • Add other vegetables if you have them. Frozen corn or peas, chopped bell pepper and olives would all be delicious! Make sure to use softer vegetables – hard vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes will take longer to cook.
Looking down at pot with chicken burrito bowl recipe in white pot and wood spoon.

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Chicken Burrito Bowl

Chicken and rice are cooked in a pot with diced tomatoes, black beans, and spices. All topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
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Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts - boneless skinless chicken thighs, or rotisserie chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup rice - brown or white will work
  • 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes - (14 oz canned)
  • 1 ½ cups black beans - (14 oz canned)
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt and ground pepper - plus more for chicken seasoning
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Prep the ingredients: Grate the cheese, chop the yellow onion, drain and rinse the canned black beans, drain the diced tomatoes.
    grater, grated cheese, chopped onion on cutting board with knife
  • Chop the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside for now.
    chopped raw chicken in a bowl with wood spoon
  • Add a bit of cooking oil to a large pot or frying pan over medium-high heat. Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes.
    toasted rice in white dish with wood spatula
  • Add a bit more cooking oil and the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until onion turns translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
    chopped onion and rice in white pan with wood spatula
  • Add a bit more oil and the chopped chicken. Sear on all sides for only 1-2 minutes.
    rice, chicken and onions in white pot with wood spatula
  • Add in the chicken broth, black beans, diced tomatoes, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and ground pepper.
    beans, tomato, spices, broth dumped in white pot with spatula
  • Mix together and bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until liquid has disappeared. Stir occasionally during the process.
    uncooked chicken burrito bowl ingredients in white pot with broth
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle the cheese overtop. Cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes to help the cheese melt. Serve and enjoy!
    chicken burrito bowl in white pot

Recipe Notes:

  • Leftovers: This recipe can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. Add to small containers for easy lunches. 
  • It’s easier to prep ingredients before you begin the recipe. There are a few small steps to cooking but each requires only 1-2 minutes before moving on to the next. That’s not enough time to chop and prep between each one.
  • Keep cooking oil nearby. You’ll need to add it as you go – before toasting rice, before adding chicken and before onions. Use any cooking oil you regularly use in your kitchen.
  • Toasting the rice adds flavor to the meal and creates more even cooking. Add a bit of oil to the pot then mix in the rice. It will only take a minute or two before you start to see the rice turning brown.
  • Sear the Chicken quickly for only 1-2 minutes before moving on to the next step. This helps to seal in more flavor.
  • Add other vegetables if you have them. Frozen corn or peas, chopped bell pepper and olives would all be delicious! Make sure to use softer vegetables – hard vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes will take longer to cook.
  • Add your favorite burrito bowl toppings including fresh lime juice, sour cream or plain greek yogurt, pico de Gallo, adobo sauce, and sliced red onion.
  • For a more affordable meal, you can use ground chicken, turkey or beef.
Nutrition
Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 672mg | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 152mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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