BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

$7.10 recipe / $1.78 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Y’all know I love my bowl meals! Everything you need in one easy to eat (and transport) bowl, no need to worry about what side dishes go with what. Plus, they’re easy for you to customize if you have special dietary needs. Today’s BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls is even more awesome because it’s actually quite delicious either hot or cold. So, all of you who don’t have access to a microwave at work, this one is for you!

Overhead view of a BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowl on a yellow zig zag striped napkin

Chicken Options

I bought a rotisserie chicken this week and am using one of the breasts for all four bowls. If you don’t have a rotisserie chicken, you can cook up a boneless, skinless breast quickly in something like a George Foreman Grill, chop it up, then mix it with the BBQ sauce as I did with mine. Or, my favorite, make a batch of my Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken. Or you could even swap out the chicken for something like Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

Vegetarian Options

Not into chicken? Roasted sweet potato cubes would make an awesome addition to this dish and a nice filling alternative to the chicken. Tempeh also makes an awesome addition to burrito bowls because it has a great texture, tons of protein, and is filling. Or, you could give some tofu the BBQ treatment, like I did in these BBQ Tofu Sliders and add that to the bowl.

Topping Ideas

Here are some other fun add-ins that go along with the BBQ theme if you don’t like one of the other ingredients I used: pineapple, diced red bell pepper, jalapeño, red onion, corn chips or tortilla strips. As I always say, check what’s in your fridge and pantry and add whatever you’ve got to use up your leftovers instead of letting them go to waste!

Close up of a BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowl with a fork stuck in the side
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BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

4.94 from 15 votes
BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls are an easy, customizable lunch option that is great both hot or cold! Vegetarian substitutions included. 
Servings 4
Prep 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes


  • 1 cooked chicken breast* ($1.50)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce ($0.53)
  • 4 cups cooked rice ($0.88)
  • 1 15oz. can black beans ($1.00)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed ($0.44)
  • 1 small zucchini ($0.58)
  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese ($1.00)
  • 2 green onions ($0.20)
  • 1 small avocado ($1.00)


  • Chop or shred the chicken breast and mix with 2-3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce until the meat is well coated.
  • Drain and rinse the black beans. Cut the zucchini into small cubes (1/4-1/2″), shred the pepper jack, slice the green onions, and pit and slice the avocado.
  • To build the bowls, place 1 cup cooked rice in the bottom of each bowl. Divide the chicken, beans, corn, zucchini, shredded cheese, green onions, and avocado slices equally among all four bowls. Drizzle one more tablespoon of BBQ sauce over top and serve, or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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*I used a rotisserie chicken breast, which was approximately 1/4 of the whole chicken.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 637.45kcalCarbohydrates: 83.95gProtein: 31.45gFat: 19.9gSodium: 2202.3mgFiber: 15.3g
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How to Make BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls – Step by Step Photos

Cooked Rice in a pot

Prepare 4 cups of cooked rice, if you don’t already have it on hand (FYI extra rice freezes really well, so you can always have cooked rice on hand).

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowl Ingredients

Chop or shred the chicken breast. Rinse and drain the black beans, cut the zucchini into small cubes, slice the green onion, shred the pepper jack, and pit and slice the avocado.

Chicken and BBQ sauce mixed in a bowl

Add 2-3 Tbsp BBQ sauce to the chicken and stir until it’s well coated in sauce.

A finished BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowl ready to eat

Then just build your bowls! Place 1 cup of the cooked rice in the bottom of each bowl and then divide the remaining ingredients equally among each bowl. Drizzle about 1 Tbsp more BBQ sauce over top. (I didn’t say it, but ranch will also go really well with this bowl).

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls in four square plastic meal prep containers

I packed mine into resealable containers to keep in the fridge for easy lunches the rest of the week (the messy looking one on the bottom right is the one that was in the bowl in the photos above. :P)

Close up of a forkful of a BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowl

Nommers! ❤️ BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls ❤️

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  1. My Wednesday night Bible study group is going to use this next week.  Thank you!  Looks healthier than our usual pizza and more fun!

  2. This is one of my absolute favorite weekly go to dinners. You can vary the toppings as you desire. I don’t typically include zucchini. This is also equally as good leftover.

  3. I thought the zucchini would be weird but it was a good mix of textures. Also PSA, Sweet Baby Ray’s makes a no sugar added BBQ sauce that tastes just like the original.