This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl recipe is even better than takeout and just as fast. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthy dinner.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2016


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat broiler.

  • Combine chipotles, oil, garlic powder and cumin in a small bowl.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip) or a rimmed baking sheet, if broiling. Season chicken with salt. Grill the chicken for 5 minutes or broil it on the prepared baking sheet for 9 minutes. Turn, brush with the chipotle glaze and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 3 to 5 minutes more on the grill or 9 minutes more under the broiler. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Chop into bite-size pieces.

  • Assemble each burrito bowl with 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup chicken, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup beans, 1/4 avocado, 1 tablespoon pico de gallo (or other salsa) and 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve with a lime wedge.


To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

452 calories; protein 35.6g 71% DV; carbohydrates 36.1g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 9.4g 38% DV; sugars 2.6g; fat 18.7g 29% DV; saturated fat 3.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 90mg 30% DV; vitamin a iu 2274.4IU 46% DV; vitamin c 7.1mg 12% DV; folate 159.7mcg 40% DV; calcium 110.7mg 11% DV; iron 3.3mg 18% DV; magnesium 127.2mg 45% DV; potassium 995.4mg 28% DV; sodium 461.8mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 32% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 28
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Rating: 5 stars
I marinate the chicken and then just sauté it in a skillet. I've made this recipe many, many, many times. Everyone loves it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I doubled the chipotle so I could get enough for both sides of the chicken and added in 1/2 cup of red and green bell peppers with the beans. This was delicious and will keep in my recipe arsenal. Read More
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Being from New Mexico I know my burritos so I had misgivings about this dish. How extremely and pleasantly surprised I was by how good this is! Plus it is only the 2nd time I have tried quinoa...the first time it didn't get done and really wasn't good. This time I added more water and cooked longer! All the flavors in this dish mix so well with one another and the lime makes it perfect! And it is very simple to prepare! Hubby and I both liked it and agreed we should make it again. Read More
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I made this today and I was amazed how delicious it was. I used red cabbage in place of romaine since I had some. I also used leftover chicken with taco seasoning. Just fabulous! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family really enjoyed this recipe. My ingredients are as follows: 1teaspoon garlic powder 1teaspoon ground cumin 1.68pound chicken tenderloins 1/2teaspoon garlic salt 1cup dry organic whole grain quinoa (yields approx 4c cooked) 2cups canned no salt added pinto beans drained 8oz chopped yellow onion (pre-diced store bought) 2 ripe avocado diced 10oz prepared pico de gallo cup fiesta blend cheese Low fat sour cream topping I omitted chipotle peppers in adobo sauce romaine lettuce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy recipe! I used black beans instead for more protein intake. I will be making this again without a doubt. Read More
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Have made this many times for my family. They love the taste and the fun of making their own bowls. I use as much lettuce and salsa as I want as it doesn t add extra calories. Delicious! Read More
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We will definitely make this again. Nice easy to make stable meal. Read More
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I substituted black beans for pinto but otherwise made the recipe according to the directions. I was afraid it would be it would be bland but I was pleasantly surprised...the flavor was fantastic! Will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Came across this recipe while searching for heart healthy meals and man was this a winner! Quick easy and delicious! Very versatile as you can adjust the spices and ingredients to your tastes. I used black beans instead of pinto beans and also added some onion garlic & cayenne pepper to the beans. I didn't have any lettuce on hand but it was fine without it. I put some corn in the bowl too. This will be going into our regular meal rotation! Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super easy and quick. Full of flavor and no guilt! Made it just like the recipe. Read More
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Why have I been spending 12/bowl at Chipotle when I can make it myself?! This was an awesome recipe and my family absolutely loved it! Planning to make this a regular meal each week to cut costs on eating out. Best part... the guac isn't extra.:P Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We make this at least once every two weeks. Sometimes we swap black beans for pinto and brown rice for quinoa. Always delicious. Read More
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Delicious! Read More
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This is a great recipe! I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Very tasty and healthy alternative to fast food. The chipotle sauce recipe is a keeper. I substituted cilantro lime rice for the quinoa and black beans for the pinto and added some sautéed fresh corn. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was AMAZING!!! I will definitely be adding this in to my summer meal rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
This is so yummy! The chipotle sauce is delicious! I love the mixture of tastes and textures. Read More
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I love how easy this recipe is. My husband makes it with chicken and I use just beans and keep it vegetarian. It's like going to Chipotle except saves me and is healthier at home. Read More
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This was an awesome recipe and really quick to pull together. I used thin chicken cutlets on a grill pan and it all assembled in under half an hour. The bowl had really good bold flavors but also felt really light. My friend and I both went back for seconds. Making it again this week for my hubby! Read More
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Great quick yummy dinner recipe! Even my boys ate it. Read More
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Delicious! The chicken was so good even my husband liked it. Easy to make! Next time I will add roasted red onions and bell peppers. Way better than take out. Thanks for sharing! Read More