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Naked Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Naked Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep
Emily Wilcock
Writer and expert13 days ago
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A low-carb twist on a Mexican classic.

Burritos are a great meal — carbs, protein, healthy fats — they've got it all. And just as tasty is their gluten-free sibling, the burrito bowl.

Better yet, burrito bowls are fresh, healthy, and completely customisable. Pack them full of all your favourite veggies and store cupboard essentials, and you’re on to a budget-friendly winner.

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What is meal prep?

Meal prep (short for meal preparation) is the ultimate way to get ready for the week. You prepare whole meals and dishes ahead of schedule, so come mealtime all you have to do is reheat in the microwave or tuck straight in. Simple.

How to store

First things first, containers. You’ll need to be stocked up with containers with airtight lids before you even think about meal-prepping.

Load your containers up with your batch-cooked meals, in this case, chicken and beany goodness. Wait for the meal to cool before covering with a lid and popping it in the fridge until it’s time to enjoy.

How to reheat

A lunch that can be enjoyed both warm and cold is always a good idea. Queue for the microwave at work too long? Just eat it cold. Fancy a warming burrito bowl – get yourself into the queue. If you do choose to heat it through, make sure to give it a stir every now and then to avoid clumping, and make sure it’s piping hot all the way through before you eat it.

You might choose to eat your burrito bowl cold — saves queuing for the microwave in the lunchroom — or, if you’d rather, as a hearty, warming meal.

Variations and add ins

Sprucing up a meal with extras, or changing the protein source, is a great way to keep the recipe fresh, even if you have the meal more often than you’d like to admit. Just remember, adjusting the ingredients will affect the macros. So if you’re tracking, remember to adjust them.

Make it veggie/vegan

For a meat-free version, simply switch your chicken out for a chicken or mince substitute. Just as tasty and not only meat-free, but also vegan.

Extra toppings

You’ll know if you’ve ever had a burrito made for you that the topping options are endless. That’s my kind of meal.

First up, if you like a kick of spice, mix some chilli powder in at the same time as the paprika and garnish with some sliced chillis. Not for the faint-hearted, but it’s nice to have the option.

If you’re enjoying this burrito bowl recipe for two weeks on the run, switch up the protein to keep things interesting. You can go meat-free or swap the chicken for pork or beef.

If you’re trying to lower your carb intake, or you’re just not a fan of brown rice, switch to cauliflower rice. Or get rid of it altogether in favour of a wrap on the side or some tortilla chips.

In terms of extras, if you plan to eat it cold, add chopped tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and a chipotle-style sauce. If you’re serving it up hot add corn and top with plenty of cheese and guacamole. Trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with either.

Equipment needed

  • Large non-stick pan for the protein
  • Medium sized pan for the rice
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • Large spoon for serving
  • Air-tight meal-prep containers

Naked Chicken Burrito Bowl

Naked Chicken Burrito Bowl

Servings
Serves 4
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cans black beans (drained)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 200 g brown rice (50g per serving)
  • To serve: lime wedges & fresh coriander

Instructions

1.

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan and then add the onion. Fry for a few minutes to soften and then add the crushed garlic.  

2.

Add the cubed chicken to the pan, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, then stir well. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through and turned from pink to white.  

3.

Next, tip in the drained black beans and the salsa, mixing well to combine in the pan. Leave to cook through for a few minutes and then portion up with the cooked rice in your meal prep containers. Garnish with fresh coriander and a lime wedge.  

Nutritional info per serving:

Calories378
Total Fat8g
Total Carbohydrates35g
Protein30g

Perfect side dishes

What’s a meal without a side? We don’t want to find out. Give us all the sides.

Salt & Pepper Chips

Salt and pepper chips are sure to add a certain razzle dazzle to these burrito bowls. For a nice change, I’d recommend subbing in these for rice.

Macros: Calories: 332kcal, Protein: 7g, Carbs: 55g, Fat: 7gRecipe here.

“Green Goddess” Salad

This isn’t just any side salad. You may remember it taking TikTok by storm a few years ago — and for good reason. Packed full of veg and flavour, and the ultimate partner for your burrito bowl.

Macros: Calories: 461kcal, Protein: 22g, Carbs: 43g, Fat: 22gRecipe here.

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Macros: Calories: 197kcal, Protein: 5g, Carbs: 14g, Fat: 12gRecipe here.

Tasty Peanut Butter Ice Cream Lollies

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Air Fryer Baked Oat Apples

If oats at breakfast time aren’t enough, tuck in for your dessert too.

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Emily Wilcock
Writer and expert
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After completing an internship with Myprotein, Emily returned to university to finish her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing. With experience in lifestyle writing, Emily aims to entertain and educate through her work. Her focuses include recipes, real and inspiring stories, and working with writers to help provide easy-to-digest evidence-based research. Her work on recipes has been previously featured in The Supplement magazine, with a particular focus on high-protein, nutritious meals, plus advice on how to properly fuel your body. Outside of work, Emily’s top priority is food. She’s a self-professed star baker and a connoisseur of all things baked. In her spare time, she’s either cooking up a storm, our looking out for the opportunity to try out Manchester’s newest restaurants. But as a huge fan of carbs, if it’s not pasta or pasta-adjacent, she’s not interested. If she’s not in the kitchen, she’s tucked up with a book for an early night, or you’ll find her in the gym working up a sweat. Afterall, all those carbs require quite the appetite.
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