Skip the take-out and make this Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl at home! Bright, fresh and slightly spicy. It’s everything you love about Chipotle’s fajita bowl, with ingredients like cilantro lime rice, chipotle chicken, caramelized peppers and onions with all the toppings yet a fraction of the calories.

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I’ve made it no secret that Chipotle is my most favorite “fast food” restaurant. I would go there all the time when I was working. Each and every time I order the same darn thing, the chicken fajita bowl. One giant bowl of cilantro lime rice, chipotle chicken topped with the mild pico and the corn salsa. Then I add cheese lettuce and sour cream to the mix. And if that wasn’t enough I get a bag of their delicious sea salt and lime tortilla chips and use those to shovel it all into my face. Because who really needs a fork? I’m helping save the environment.

I’m sure the whole bowl is like 8,000 calories. I won’t dare calculate it but I swear it’s totally worth each and every one. But after so many trips to Chipotle [and after sooooo many chicken bowls, probably a gazillion calories worth] it was about time I make my own homemade version of Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl .

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These bowls are totally customizable, is that a word? Like today, I left off the cheese and I didn’t make the corn salsa. Instead I went with charred corn and homemade pico. SO delicious, I promise. 

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You’ll need this taco/fajita seasoning, olive oil, ground chipotle powder or substitute with 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, lime juice and zest, and of course chicken breasts. I always make a lot of chicken, so my husband can fill his bowl up and there will still be leftovers to make salads or wraps for lunches.

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First I alway start cooking the rice, using my favorite appliance, the rice cooker. Then I fluffed it, threw in some grated lime zest, the juice of 1/2 a lime, minced cilantro, salt and a 1/2 teaspoon extra light olive oil. However for a healthier, low-carb option make cilantro lime cauliflower rice!

Finally it’s time to start building your Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl.

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Place 1-1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or butterflied) into a large bowl. Next measure and add in 1/2 teaspoon extra light olive oil, the juice from 1 lime, 1-1/2 tablespoons taco or fajita seasoning and 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder. Lastly, toss the chicken to coat every square inch. Set this off to the side for a few.

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Meanwhile I get a little more prepping out of the way. Thaw 2 cups of frozen corn, drain and quickly char in a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Also, drain and rinse 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans.

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I also slice up a small-ish red, orange, yellow and green bell pepper. Along with a large sweet onion, or any onion you have on hand.

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Next, lightly spray (with olive oil) and preheat a large 12-inch nonstick or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Work in batches (if necessary) and cook each of the chicken breasts for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.

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Once they are fully cooked, transfer them to a cutting board and repeat with any remaining chicken breasts. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 5 minutes before chopping. Keep the chopped chicken warm under foil.

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Meanwhile, to the same skillet, increase the temp to high and then drop in the peppers and onions with a few pinches of kosher salt. Toss them around to coat in any remaining oil and then let them just sit there undisturbed so they can develop a good char. Then stir occasionally so they cook evenly. I like mine to be soft yet still a bit firm. Pat likes them melt-in-your-mouth. So with that said, remove the peppers and onions to serving bowl when they’re the way you like them.

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Build your bowls by layering cilantro lime rice, black beans, caramelized peppers and onions, charred corn, chopped chipotle chicken. Garnish with a slices of ripe avocado, pico de gallo and nonfat plain greek yogurt or sour cream. Lastly, a squeeze of lime, a few dashes of hot sauce and then inhale.

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Oh how I LOVE this Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl! Bright, fresh and slightly spicy with a billion toppings. And dare I say these are better than the “real” thing? Skip the drive through and carry out and make these epic bowls in the comfort of your own kitchen. You won’t regret it.

Now if only I had made these chips.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls
Yield: 6

Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls

Skip the take-out and make this Chipotle Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl at home! Bright, fresh and slightly spicy. It's everything you love about Chipotle's fajita bowl, like cilantro lime rice, chipotle chicken, caramelized peppers and onions with all the toppings yet a fraction of the calories.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts [halves or butterflied]
  • juice of 1 a lime
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons homemade taco/fajita seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper or 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra light olive oil

FOR THE PEPPERS AND ONIONS:

  • olive oil spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 3/4-inch thick strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into 3/4-inch thick strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into 3/4-inch thick strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into 3/4-inch thick strips
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced int 3/4 inch thick strips [or any onion will do]
  • kosher salt, to taste

FOR SERVING:

  • 2 cups charred sweet corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • cilantro lime rice*
  • pico de gallo, optional
  • plain nonfat greek yogurt or sour cream, optional
  • sliced avocado, optional
  • fresh cilantro leaves, optional
  • shredded cheese, optional
  • hot sauce, optional
  • tortilla chips, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the chicken, olive oil, lime zest and juice and seasonings. Toss everything to coat and set off to the side.
  2. Meanwhile I get a little more prepping out of the way. Thaw 2 cups of frozen corn, drain and quickly char in a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer to a clean bowl. Also, drain and rinse 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans.
  3. In a 12-inch nonstick or cast iron skillet, spray with olive oil spray and preheat medium to medium high. If using cast iron, you may need to adjust the heat throughout so the chicken doesn't burn.
  4. Once the pan is hot, work in batches (if necessary) cook the chicken for about 6 to 8 minutes per side or until fully cooked. Then transfer the cooked chicken to a nearby cutting board and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  5. Chop the chicken into small, bite-size pieces and keep the chicken warm under foil.
  6. To the same skillet the chicken was in, add in the peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Toss and cook undisturbed until they have good color and are cooked to your preference. About 20 (for more firm) to 30 minutes (for more tender). Transfer to a serving bowl.

TO SERVE:

Spoon the cilantro lime rice into bowls and top with peppers and onions, charred corn, black beans and the chopped chicken. Then add toppings like; pico de gallo, sliced avocado, greek yogurt or sour cream and a few dashes of hot sauce and any other desired toppings. Sprinkle with more salt if desired!

Notes

*for a healthier low-carb option, make cilantro lime cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 496 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 104mg Sodium: 1759mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 15g Protein: 47g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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