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Leftover Chicken Burrito Bowls

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken!

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken! | honeyandbirch.com

Leftover chicken can get really, really boring. Especially if you found it a little boring to begin with. Plain chicken is better for you but I often want to slather it in a healthy dose of buffalo sauce… a foodie girl can dream. When I see plain leftover chicken in the fridge, I cringe – there has to be a solution that isn’t terrible for you!

Turns out there is. I found a solution that is going to make you very, very excited and happy. Cause what makes everyone happy? A burrito of course. It really does, I swear.

And even better, a burrito bowl.

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken! | honeyandbirch.com

Leftover Chicken Burrito Bowls

This leftover chicken burrito bowl isn’t my first. I made loaded burrito bowls a few months ago and they are fantastic.

I want to say this is my sophomore album of burrito bowls… but people tend to complain more about sequels than praise them. And this burrito bowl is the bomb dot com. Obviously, I like my burrito bowls. 🙂

It starts with… leftover chicken.

Bet you didn’t see that coming.

Slice up whatever cooked chicken you have in the fridge. Put it in a sealable plastic bag or a small bowl and put in the marinade ingredients. Mix everything up and then stick it in the refrigerator for an hour. My recipe is for a large amount of chicken so increase or decrease accordingly.

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken! | honeyandbirch.com

If your chicken is a little overcooked, this is going to help “hydrate” it. If it is bland, it’s going to season it. And if it was good to begin with, it’s just going to make it even better.

While the chicken/marinade is chilling in the fridge, make your rice and start chopping up your vegetables. When you have about 10 minutes to go with your chilling chicken, mix up the avocado sauce so you’re ready to go. Assemble your burrito bowl and enjoy!

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken! | honeyandbirch.com

Leftover Chicken Burrito Bowls

Leftover Chicken Burrito Bowls

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken!

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 pounds cooked chicken breasts, sliced into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup tomato based salsa

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup fat free yogurt

Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • marinated chicken
  • cooked rice
  • black beans
  • red cabbage, finely chopped
  • Anaheim pepper, sliced into rings
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • red onion, finely chopped
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado sauce

Instructions

Chicken Marinade

  1. In a small bowl, combine cooked chicken breasts, cilantro, lime juice and salsa. Stir well, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Avocado Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, smash 1 avocado with a fork until smooth. Add the yogurt and mix together with a whisk or a spoon until smooth and most of the lumps are gone. Refrigerate leftovers.

Chicken Burrito Bowls

  1. In a microwavable bowl, heat the chicken and black beans in 30 second intervals until warm.
  2. To assemble the burrito bowls, layer the bowl ingredients in a small bowl, starting with the rice, then chicken, black beans, red onion, tomato, pepper and onion. Drizzle avocado sauce on top, mix and eat.

Leftover chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado crema. Full of veggies and flavor, they are the perfect use for leftover chicken! | honeyandbirch.com

Looking for more fun recipes? Try this recipe for tacos or this recipe for quesadillas!

Leftover Chicken Burrito Bowls | honeyandbirch.com

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Tricia

Monday 27th of June 2016

This looks really good! I always get chicken bowls from Chipotle and I LOVE them. I can't wait to try these out w/ my family. 1 question tho, I'm assuming you used plain yogurt, so is the avocado cream sauce bland or do you add S&P to taste???

Jenny

Monday 27th of June 2016

I didn't add any salt and pepper but of course, both can be added to taste. Hope you like it!

Erlene

Friday 22nd of May 2015

This looks amazing! I totally have the same reaction when I see leftover chicken in the fridge and now I can make a great meal with it. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

Jenny B

Monday 25th of May 2015

Thanks Erlene!

Joann Woolley

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

We are so going to make this! Love that it was specific to using leftover chicken, because don't we all have leftover chicken in our fridge?

Jenny B

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Exactly my thinking!

ashley

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

Yum! This looks perfect for Summer. We used to go to Moe's and Qdoba when we lived in the city all the time and I got something similar. Now that we live in the country, it's much harder to get stuff like that. Excited to be able to make my own now! Especially with that avocado sauce.

Jenny B

Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Oh my gosh - I love Qdoba! I haven't been there in ages, guess I know where I'm getting lunch soon!

When you make your own, don't forget that you can use whichever toppings you have on hand. Really helps with more leftovers than just chicken!

Christine

Monday 18th of May 2015

I actually love chicken - but you're right, alone it lacks a little je-ne-sais-quoi. Creamy avocado dressing? I'm on board!

Jenny B

Monday 18th of May 2015

Thanks Christine - I love chicken too. It just can get so boring after 10 days in a row (I should probably switch to beef or something, right?)

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