These burrito bowls have all the flavor of a fully loaded burrito but they’re better for you! Each bowl is layered with cauliflower rice, fresh greens, tomatoes, sautéed peppers and onions, chicken, guacamole, salsa, and fresh cilantro to create a delicious healthy meal.

My husband and I have been fans of burrito bowls for years now. As the one who makes all the food in our house, I really appreciate how quickly I can throw together this meal. It doesn’t require much prep at all and I can make it as easy or complicated as I want. (Pssst I share my favorite tips for turning this 30 minute meal into a 10 minute recipe below.)

There are so many yummy ingredients in these bowls but my favorite healthy swap is the cauliflower rice. It’s simply seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and lime juice. A perfect low carb substitute for traditional rice!

Want to meal prep? Go for it! Just use individual store-bought guacamole cups (so your guacamole won’t brown) and top your bowl with it when you’re ready to eat.

Want to make these burrito bowls in a hurry?

Sometimes 30 minutes is just more time than I have. Or perhaps it’s been one of those days and you just can’t muster the energy. I totally understand. Here are my favorite hacks to make this delicious meal in 10 minutes or less.

Skip the chicken breasts and shred store-bought rotisserie chicken instead. Skip the part about sautéing cauliflower rice and instead purchase the cauliflower rice that comes in the steamable bags. Steam according to bag instructions and then season with salt, garlic powder, and lime juice as outlined in the recipe. Skip the guacamole and instead purchase Wholly Guacamole from the produce section of your grocery store. Don’t want to sauté the onions and peppers? You could absolutely go with jarred roasted red peppers and stick to diced red onion (uncooked) instead.

Paleo Chicken Burrito Bowls

These burrito bowls have all the flavor of a fully loaded burrito but they're better for you! Each bowl is layered with cauliflower rice, fresh greens, tomatoes, sautéed peppers and onions, chicken, guacamole, salsa, and fresh cilantro to create a delicious healthy meal.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Peppers & Onions

  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

Cauliflower Rice

  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp lime juice

Easy Guacamole

  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • salt to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • lime juice to taste

Fresh Veggies

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce or mixed greens, chopped if using romaine
  • 1 medium or large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet and heat on medium-high heat. Unless your chicken breasts are already fairly thin slice them horizontally. This will give you very thin cutlets so they’ll cook faster and more evenly. Add chicken to hot pan. Sprinkle salt, chili powder, and garlic powder on top of each cutlet. Cook until browned, about 4 or 5 minutes. Flip chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from skillet, chop or shred, and set aside.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to skillet along with sliced peppers and onions.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they're tender. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add another tablespoon of oil to skillet if needed. (You may find that you're good without it.) Once the pan is hot add your riced cauliflower. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder. Cover and allow to cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in lime juice. Taste and add more salt or lime juice as desired.
  • Meanwhile, half and scoop out the inside of your avocados. Add to a medium bowl bowl. Mash your avocados until your guacamole is as smooth as you like. Add salt, garlic powder, and lime juice to taste.
  • To assemble, layer lettuce, cauliflower rice, and chicken in bowls. Top with sautéed onions and peppers, guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, and chopped cilantro.

Notes

Want to make this recipe in a hurry? See my recommendations above this recipe to create this delicious meal in under 10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1010mg, Potassium: 1783mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 5760IU, Vitamin C: 139mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2mg

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