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Low-Carb Mexican Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowl Recipe

  • Keto
  • Cook Time60
  • Serves4
  • Difficultyeasy
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Call it a rice bowl, a naked burrito, or just call it delicious. You won’t want to miss this low-carb Mexican chipotle chicken and rice bowl recipe.

We’ve combined the authentic flavors of Mexico with It’s Skinny Rice for a yummy, filling, low-carb dinner. Don’t miss this delicious dish that’s sure to become your favorite!

Mexican Chipotle Chicken: Smoky, Savory, and Full of Flavor

To make this chipotle chicken and rice bowl, we start with a can of chipotle peppers. Chipotle peppers are ripe jalapeno chilis that have been smoked. While you can buy chipotle pepper in several forms (dried whole peppers, flakes, and ground powder), this recipe calls for the canned variety.

Canned chipotle peppers are typically found in adobo sauce. This rich, smokey sauce includes vinegar, sugar, garlic, and chipotle chili powder. It's spicy, savory, and full of flavor. The sauce tends to be a little thick—the consistency of barbecue sauce.

When working with canned chipotle peppers, you'll want to chop them into fine bits. Not only does this allow the flavor to spread throughout the dish evenly, but the peppers are usually packed whole in the can, making them a mouthful. Also, be sure to retain all the sauce when you chop them up, as you'll want to include the adobe sauce in the dish.

The secret ticket to flavor town is the bone-in chicken thighs. Yes, you could use boneless chicken breasts (or any type of chicken), but the dark, savory thighs are full of meaty goodness. Leaving the bone-in to cook imparts extra flavor and really elevates the dish. Because it's made with 9-calorie It's Skinny Rice and plenty of veggies, you don't need to worry about heaviness. Enjoy the extra flavor without the guilt!

Red cabbage adds crunch and flavor at the end of this dish. Everyone's favorite aspect of rice bowls is the crunchy-cooked combo, and this chipotle chicken and rice bowl delivers! Fresh cilantro, the brightness of vinegar, and the crunchy cabbage help the dish feel refreshing and full of texture. What's more, the red-green color combination is really beautiful—feast with your eyes too!

We topped this dish with cotija cheese. Cotija cheese is made from cow's milk, with a salty, mild flavor similar to feta. You can find cotija cheese in most grocery stores, but feta, pepper jack, or even parmesan would also work if you can't locate it.

A Low Carb Rice Bowl

Rice bowls have become a favorite dish for many. With rice as a base, it’s the perfect opportunity to add protein, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocado and cheese. Rice bowls are more filling than a salad and feel appropriate with hot or cool ingredients. Like a salad, a little dressing can really jazz things up.

But a big bowl of rice can derail your low-carb diet. Plus, all those starchy carbs can leave you feeling sluggish and slow. Meet It’s Skinny Rice! The perfect answer for a healthier rice bowl.

Like It's Skinny Pasta, It's Skinny Rice is made from a fantastic plant called konjac. This root vegetable resembles a turnip or potato. It's full of fiber and happens to make an excellent base for healthier rice or pasta.

While konjac might be new to you, it’s been used in Asian countries for many years. The root is used both as food and as medicine. It contains no carbs, and only 9 calories a bag, making it an ideal option for almost any diet—keto, paleo, vegan, low-carb, or Atkins.

If you've never worked with konjac (also known as shirataki) rice or pasta before, it can seem a bit different at first. Don't worry; this ingredient is SO easy to use. Open the bag, drain, and toss into your dish at the end of cooking. Heat it through, and you're ready to go. It's that simple.

You can use It's Skinny Pasta and It's Skinny Rice in almost any dish where you would use traditional pasta or rice. We offer it in three different pasta shapes—spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair, along with rice. Try it in any noodle or pasta recipe, and you'll be amazed!

What does It’s Skinny Pasta and Rice taste like? It’s much closer to the traditional counterparts than zoodles or cauli-rice. The great thing about working with konjac is that it takes on the flavors of the surrounding ingredients and doesn’t overpower the dish. So bring on the sauce and the protein and mix up your plate to curb every craving!

Ready to try It’s Skinny Rice? Check it out on Amazon, where you can order It's Skinny Rice, or It's Skinny Pasta in all varieties.

Mexican Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowl Recipe

Are you ready to get cooking? This recipe calls for fresh ingredients that will really make the flavors stand out. Pull it together, and then let the chicken simmer. While this dish does take a little time to simmer and bring all the deliciousness together, it's worth the wait. Thanks to the hands-off process, you can start this dish and walk away (your kitchen will smell amazing too)! It's a weekend-worthy dish with a weeknight effort.

Note that this Mexican chipotle chicken and rice bowl recipe feeds 4-6 people, so it’s a perfect meal for a summer get-together.

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 4-6 chicken thighs with bone-in
  • 2 small white onions, sliced thin
  • 1 small can of chipotle peppers in sauce (two peppers)
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bags of It’s Skinny Pasta Rice
  • 1 tablespoon of sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1
In a large saucepot, add the chicken thighs, thinly sliced onions, two chipotle peppers chopped with sauce, crushed tomatoes, and salt and pepper.
2
Bring the chicken and tomato mixture to a boil, and then lower it to a simmer for approximately one hour until the chicken is tender and falls off the bone.
3
Take two forks and shred the chicken. Remove, and discard the bones.
4
Open and drain the two packages of It’s Skinny Rice. Mix with vinegar, salt, and pepper.
5
Spoon the chicken over the rice bowl. Top with a generous portion of shredded cabbage, cilantro, and cotija cheese.
6
Serve up these delicious Mexican chipotle chicken and rice bowls!
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