Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

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It's about that time - time for another bowl that doubles as lunch or dinner or perhaps even breakfast if you prefer savory food like me! Meet the Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl with cilantro vinaigrette and tons of grilled veggies.

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl from (@whatsgabycookin)


I'll never say no to a burrito. I like them stuffed full of all the good things and I like them the size of my head. I also like them in bowls sans tortilla. I figure if I'm going to eat 129308 pounds of chips, then I can forgo the tortilla and opt for a burrito bowl! Am I right? I think so!

This Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl has all the good things. Perfectly marinated and grilled chicken. Cilantro Rice like the kind they have at chipotle but homemade because duh! Have you met us, we're awesome. And then it's topped with all the mandatory things... Avocado, Cheese, Cilantro Vinaigrette and some grilled veggies because why not! Like I said, it works for lunch, dinner, and perhaps even breakfast. I've never been one to turn down anything with cheese and avocado!

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl from (@whatsgabycookin)

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 4 votes
Meet the Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl with cilantro vinaigrette and tons of grilled veggies.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican, Southwestern
Servings 4 servings


For the Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)

For the Rice

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt to taste

For the Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves stems removed (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Other things for the bowls

  • 2 Avocados thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper sliced into strips and grilled
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper sliced into strips and grilled
  • 1 Zucchini sliced into half moons and grilled
  • Freshly shredded Monterey Jack


For the Chicken

  • Combine the vegetable oil, chopped chipotle peppers in adobo, garlic powder, cumin, dried oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine. Place the chicken in a large zip top plastic bag and add the marinade. Zip the bag and mix the chicken into the marinade. Place it into the fridge and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat an indoor or outdoor grill to about 400 degrees F (medium high heat). Place the chicken onto the grill and grill 5 to 6 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Chop the chicken into small bite sized pieces and use as needed.

For the Rice

  • In a heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the white rice and lime juice and sauté for 60 seconds to toast the rice. Add the water and bring the rice to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Add in the cilantro and fluff rice with a fork.
  • Arrange equal parts of the white rice and chopped grilled chicken in 4 bowls. Top with equal parts of the Sliced Avocado, grilled bell peppers, grilled zucchini, Monterey jack cheese and serve alongside the cilantro vinaigrette.


Use white or brown rice or even cauliflower rice to fit this bowl into whatever your current obsession is.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1884IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. 5 stars
    The cilantro vinegarette on this is AMAZING and gives me major Cafe Yumm Jalapeno salsa vibes (minus the jalapeno). So good!

  2. This apartment dweller is taking it back to the 1990's by throwing the marinated chicken on the Foreman Grill. Thanks, Gaby - this is a great recipe and every component is delicious.

  3. When using the adobo sauce and peppers, does it make the chicken spicy? I have young kids and am wondering what I can substitute if it's spicy. Thanks!

5 from 4 votes (1 rating without comment)

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