Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl
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Like a lot of people we’ve spent many an evening pondering what to have for dinner when not really wanting to cook. Inevitably where we’d end up is that famous line at Chipotle, staring up at the board deciding whether it’s a Burrito or a Bowl kind of night. Personally, I think you get way more food with the Bowl so that’s usually the go to order. After hundreds of Chipotle Bowls consumed we’ve honed the recipe for our own Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl which tastes pretty darn good!

For this Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl recipe, we’re opting for Chicken – the number 1 most consumed meat in America so it feels fitting for this dish. The secret to a perfect Chipotle Bowl is in the Chicken (using Chicken Thighs of course!) and creating a lovely marinade teaming with flavor to pair beautifully with those lovely accompaniments in your bowl

Additions to our Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

For the additions to this Homemade Chipotle Bowl we’re going with the following:

  • Lime and Cilantro Rice: Beautiful Jasmine Rice with a lovely fragrant, zesty kick of flavor
  • Pico de Gallo: The classic Pico, is it Mexican food without it?
  • Peppers and Onions: I always add these, they’re amazing

For this recipe we’re not adding Guac, keeping in with the true authenticity of a Chipotle Bowl we’re refusing to pay $2.70 for 1 scoop of Guac. What a rip off! The dish is packed full with enough varying flavors anyway it is honestly amazing without it!

Recipe Details


4 people

Prep time

2 hours+

Cooking time

20 minutes

Total time

2 hours, 20 minutes

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe


  • 2 lbs. Chicken Thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 Yellow Onion, sliced
  • ½ Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 Limes
  • 1 Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander Powder
  • 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


For the Chicken

  1. In a large bowl combine the juice of 1 Lime, the Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, Paprika, Cumin, Coriander Powder, half of the Garlic, and 2 tbsp. Olive Oil. Mix well to combine the ingredients then add in the Chicken Pieces. Coat well then refrigerate for 2 hours. For an even richer flavor, marinade overnight
  2. When ready to cook, remove the Chicken from the fridge and bring back to room temperature. It’s important to keep the Chicken at room temperature before cooking to ensure an even cook throughout
  3. Cook the Chicken in a large frying pan or Cast-Iron pan over medium / high heat. We want a relatively hot pan, so the Chicken gets some lovely, charred parts, which adds plenty of flavor. Be careful not to overload the pan, so you may need to cook the Chicken in 2 batches
  4. When the internal temperature of the Chicken reads 160 degrees, remove from heat and rest
  5. When ready to serve, cut the Chicken into bite sizes pieces

Pico de Gallo

  1. In a medium size bowl combine the Tomatoes, Red Onion, Juice of 1 Lime, 2 tbsp. Olive Oil, ½ cup Cilantro and some Salt & Pepper
  2. Combine the ingredients well and taste for seasoning. Adjust accordingly with either Lime Juice or Salt then set aside

Lime and Cilantro Rice

  1. Combine 1 cup of Jasmine Rice and 1 ½ cups of Boiling Water into a Saucepan over low heat. Stir well then cover and cook for 5 minutes
  2. Turn off the heat and leave for another 10 minutes with the lid on
  3. Add the Juice of 1 Lime, ½ cup Cilantro, 1 tsp. of Salt and mix together well

Peppers and Onions

  1. In a medium frypan add a drizzle of Olive Oil and Garlic and cook for about 1 minute on medium heat until the Garlic is lovely and fragrant
  2. Add the Onions and Peppers, turn the heat up to medium high and sauté for 4-5 minutes until the Onions turn a lovely light brown. Season with a pinch of Salt and set aside

Homemade Chipotle Bowl Spread


The beauty about a Chipotle Bowl is you just need to place all the ingredients into a large bowl together. Best approach: Rice in the middle and place the accompaniments all around the rice. If you like, feel free to add some grated cheese and yes, some Guacamole if you decided to make some! If you want to make a Burrito, get yourself some Tortillas and head over to our YouTube video here on how to properly wrap a Burrito

The other beauty about this bowl is YOU get to decide the portions, not the Chipotle staff member! So for me I’m going to dial up the Chicken serving

This recipe will provide you with an abundance of food so if you have leftovers an amazing lunch is our Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla which we highly recommend you check out. Happy cooking!

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