Low Carb Chicken Burrito Bowl At-Home
- Cook Time 10 minutes
- Serves 1 serving
- Difficulty Easy
LOW-CARB CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL
We all love Mexican food! How often have you found yourself scanning the menu at a fast-casual fresh-Mex restaurant? If you follow keto, you likely land on the burrito bowl as one of the better low-carb options.
But to make a truly delicious low-carb chicken burrito bowl (one that can rival those fast-casual restaurants like Qdoba or Chipotle), you need rice. Thanks to It’s Skinny, you can create a copycat Chipotle chicken burrito bowl that will crush your cravings and keep you happy and satisfied.
WE ALL LOVE A BURRITO BOWL
Burrito bowls really took off in the early Aughts. When people started cutting carbs and gluten from their diets, they ditched tortillas (and similar sandwich implements like bread) and tossed those traditional burritos into a delicious rice-filled bowl. They added their favorite toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, and different dressings. Bowls have soared in popularity, whether it’s a noodle bowl, a poke bowl, a breakfast scramble, or a delicious burrito bowl.
Unfortunately, as any low-carb dieter knows, traditional rice isn’t exactly a low-carb food—especially white rice. There's a health halo effect when it comes to ordering bowls. Many seem healthy, but they're no less carb-heavy or calorie-dense than a plate of pasta or takeout order. And let's be real—while a rice-less burrito bowl is okay, it's not all that far off from a salad. It certainly won't quell those burrito cravings.
But never fear; we’ve figured out the key to making a delicious low-carb chicken burrito bowl that hits all the right notes. It’s all about the (It’s Skinny) Rice!
In addition, we top these bad boys with a generous helping of chipotle mayo sauce, making it a dead ringer for those delicious Chipotle chicken burrito bowls. When you add black beans, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocado, you have yummy low-carb, healthy chicken burrito bowls that kick those cravings to the curb.
Keto chicken burrito bowls are a great way to get in an array of awesome veggies. Black beans contain fiber and protein. Garlic has antioxidants, and bell peppers (especially red and orange varieties) contain vitamin C. When you combine these ingredients with heart-healthy avocado, you’ll get something that’s truly both nutritious and delicious.
The great thing about making your own bowls at home is that you can control the other ingredients too. You have a say in additives like sodium, oil, and even sugar. We also ditched the dairy in this burrito bowl (the mayo adds plenty of flavor without sour cream and cheese). The dairy-free burrito bowl is excellent for those sensitive to milk products. It's also a great gluten-free option. There's plenty of fresh produce, making it extra healthy.
What really makes this bowl is the special sauce. Adobo sauce mixed with mayonnaise and lemon juice (you could also use fresh lime juice) has the best flavor. The sauce brings all the delicious ingredients together in a delicious low carb burrito bowl that you'll adore. With stellar nutrition information, this is a delightful dish for the whole family. The next time you're thinking of what to make for dinner, ditch the regular rice for a taco bowl that fits with a clean eating plan.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a great base protein for these yummy bowls (but you could also make it a vegan burrito bowl by cutting out the chicken and using plant-based mayo). Tofu sofritas are another vegetarian filling option for your burrito bowl. Steak, pork, or even shrimp would all be delicious too.
No matter what you choose to make your copycat Chipotle burrito bowl, you'll be surprised at how quick and easy homemade chicken burrito bowls are to make! You'll enjoy a healthy, customizable, and delicious dinner in less time than driving to your local fast-casual restaurant.
LET’S TALK IT’S SKINNY RICE
The real magic of this copycat Chipotle burrito bowl is the It’s Skinny Rice. For the uninitiated, It’s Skinny Rice is a delicious product made from a fibrous vegetable called konjac. You may have seen shirataki noodles on the market; It’s Skinny Rice and It’s Skinny Pasta are the best shirataki products out there.
The difference between It’s Skinny and other konjac products is that It’s Skinny has a unique recipe that gives it a delicious texture that is a dead-ringer for traditional pasta and traditional rice. There’s no strong taste (or aftertaste) and no off-putting smell. It’s Skinny won’t overpower the other ingredients in your dish.
In fact, It’s Skinny plays with the other components, much like traditional pasta or rice. It provides a filling and delicious delivery device for your favorite sauces, spices, vegetables, proteins, and more. Because It’s Skinny contains high levels of satisfying glucomannan fiber, it will help you feel full and satisfied (but won’t leave you with a carb crash in a few hours).
The best thing about It’s Skinny, though, is the stats. Each pack of It’s Skinny Pasta and It’s Skinny Rice has only 9 calories and ZERO net carbs. That means whether you follow keto, a low carb diet, or a low-calorie diet, you can enjoy It’s Skinny products guilt-free.
It’s Skinny is entirely plant-based, kosher, gluten-free, and suitable for all sorts of diets and lifestyles. It’s a pasta (and rice) alternative that does things a little differently. Once you try it, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to remake your favorite recipes using It’s Skinny Rice and Pasta.
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There are also organic varieties for each shape. If you can’t pick a favorite, try a variety pack. You’ll get to enjoy all the styles of It’s Skinny to find the perfect option for your favorite dishes. If you need recipe ideas, don’t miss our recipe section with gluten-free, keto-friendly, vegetarian, and other options to help you lighten up any meal with ease. We have plenty of keto bowl recipes to satisfy all your cravings!
READY TO MAKE A BURRITO BOWL YOUR WAY?
Are you ready to make your own riff of this delicious low-carb burrito bowl? There are many ways to customize and adjust this recipe to suit your taste (or follow along for a Chipotle copycat). Burrito bowls are a delicious dinner, no matter how you serve them. Here are a few questions we get about low-carb recipe customization.
WHAT OTHER PROTEIN GOES WITH THIS LOW-CARB BURRITO BOWL?
If chicken breast isn’t your favorite protein, no worries! You can easily customize this low-carb burrito bowl with any protein you prefer. A few of our favorite options are steak, ground beef, ground turkey or chicken, and roasted pork. This recipe is even delicious with salmon or shrimp!
Of course, vegetarian style is always an option you could try if meat isn’t hitting the right spot. Black beans give this recipe a protein boost already, but you could add crumbled tofu to make it a delicious meat-free meal. Swap out the chicken for your favorite vegetarian mock meats, too (be sure to keep an eye on the carbohydrates if you’re following low-carb or keto.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER VEGGIES THAT GO WELL WITH THIS BURRITO BOWL?
The options for added vegetables are practically endless. You could include some leafy greens like spinach or kale for an easy veggie boost. Otherwise, consider adding sauteed zucchini, green onion, red onion, red bell pepper, yellow or orange bell peppers, or poblanos.
Mushrooms are an excellent option for any Mexican-style meal. Nopales (cacti strips) are a traditional and low-carb option. You could include finely chopped radishes for a spicy bite or add hot peppers. Corn is a more conventional (but carb-heavy option), so if you decide to include corn, watch the stats. Pico de Gallo is another delicious option.
Otherwise, the sky really is the limit on your vegetable options. Top with chopped fresh tomatoes, add romaine lettuce or try any of your other favorite ingredients. You could even go with something less traditional (broccoli burrito bowl? Who are we to judge?)!
HOW DO I COOK WITH IT’S SKINNY RICE?
If this is your first time making a meal with It’s Skinny Rice, there’s no reason to feel intimidated. Cooking with It’s Skinny couldn't be easier. Simply open the package, drain, rinse, and set it aside. Some folks like to use a paper towel to pat their Pasta and Rice dry.
Add the It's Skinny Rice or Pasta to your dish when your food is nearly done cooking. Allow it to heat through for 2-3 minutes, and you're ready to enjoy a yummy dish! Unlike its traditional counterparts, It's Skinny Rice and Pasta doesn't require boiling water or using a rice cooker. You just heat and eat!
LOW-CARB CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL RECIPE
Enough talking! Let's cook! If you're ready to make a killer low-carb chicken burrito bowl (a Chipotle copycat), assemble your fresh ingredients for a healthy dinner! This recipe comes together quickly and deliciously—making it a faster (and healthier) option than fast food!
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NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR LOW CARB CHICKEN BURRITO
- Rice | It's Skinny
- 1 package It's Skinny rice
- 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)
- - juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- ½ cup of black beans from a can, drained and rinsed
- 3-5 (1 stem)cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 avocado, sliced (for garnish)