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Hi friends! Weeknights are rushed in our house, and I’m always looking for quick and easy meals to serve my family. I’ve gotten creative with leftovers, but with a table full of picky eaters, the food has to taste good. Luckily, these easy chicken burrito bowls can be made in a matter of minutes, and best of all, my family loves them!

chicken and black bean burritos in a bowl

Burritos are frequently on the menu here, and my kids devour them in a matter of minutes. In fact, I’m pretty sure that they’ll eat almost anything if it’s served in a wrap.

Personally, I’m a fan of burrito bowls. You get all of the tasty filling, and it’s just a little bit lighter. I usually order a burrito bowl whenever we eat out at Chipotle’s, but it’s just as flavorful and a lot cheaper to make our own.

The key is to start with cooked chicken. You can use leftovers or pick up a rotisserie chicken, or you can even use some precooked frozen meat. It’s a huge time saver, and that’s what we’re going for here. Add a can of black beans, some frozen or canned corn and instant rice, and you’re good to go!


Ingredients for Easy Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 6 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup yellow or white onions, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 Anaheim pepper or jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Arugula, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and sour cream for garnish


Saute the onions and peppers in the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, until soft.
Add the chicken, black beans, corn, seasoning mix, salt, pepper and lime juice, and cook until heated through.
Fill serving bowls evenly with rice, and top with chicken mixture.
Garnish with remaining ingredients and extra lime juice, if desired. 

leftover hicken with corn and beans and rice

The kids usually add shredded lettuce to their bowls, but I’m partial to arugula. I just love the peppery flavor, so I use it in place of lettuce whenever I can.

easy meal idea with cooked chicken and rice

This makes enough for the seven of us, and sometimes, we even have a little bit left over for lunch, especially since the younger kids have smaller bowls. 

Do you have any kitchen shortcuts or time-saving meal ideas to share? I’d love to hear them.

Have a super day!

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Burrito Bowls look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Dee M says:

    I love Chipotles, but this is pretty close! And, you are totally making me blush right now — thank you!! šŸ™‚

  3. Dee M says:

    Aww, I hope you like it, Carol. šŸ™‚

  4. Carol says:

    I was a very picky eater when I was young, but that was because my mom was a horrible cook. As an adult, I've never been picky until now. This sounds really good, and I've copied the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    What a coincidence- I ate my very first chicken burrito bowl last night – though it was Chipotle and not YOUR delicious yummy recipe. Finding time is eluding me lately and I have done very little cooking.

    I may not always comment but I sure love your blog and really love your tried-and-true amazing recipes. I find them very inspirational for me to get my lazy bum back into the kitchen and get busy again! (Once wedding is over, right?)


  6. Dee M says:

    My kids aren't crazy about leftovers as is, but if I change things up, they'll eat it faster! šŸ™‚

  7. Theresa says:

    I might have to do this! I just made burritos yesterday and have leftovers. Such an easy idea and seems like a whole different meal.