Chicken Freezer Burritos


Transform leftover chicken into a hearty burrito filling! You will be thrilled to have a stash of frozen burritos on hand that you can microwave for an instant healthy lunch or on-the-go dinner for a busy night.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 burritos


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon grated lime zest (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 (8 inch) whole-wheat tortillas


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the onion starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add beans, water and chipotle; bring to a simmer, mashing slightly with the back of a spatula. Stir in chicken and kale; cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Cheddar, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and salt.

  2. Spread 3/4 cup filling on the bottom third of each tortilla, then roll tightly, burrito-style. Individually wrap the burritos tightly in foil and place in a sealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

  3. To reheat one frozen burrito, unwrap and transfer to a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on High until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 2 and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
9g Fat
44g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 53%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Vitamin A 1124IU 22%
Vitamin C 12mg 14%
Folate 47mcg 12%
Sodium 854mg 37%
Calcium 291mg 22%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 417mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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