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Sweet n' Spicy Chicken Bowls

These Sweet n' Spicy Chicken Bowls assemble quickly and provide a lot of flavor, color, and texture. Low sugar, high fiber, and loaded with deliciousness!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Total Cost: $6.05 recipe / $1.51 serving
Servings: 4
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp mild chili powder $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp cumin $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper to taste $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp honey $0.12
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar $0.02


  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice $0.60*
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth $0.26

Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 3/4 lb.) $1.49**
  • 1 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits in juice $0.86
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans $0.84
  • 1 ripe avocado $0.98
  • 2 green onions $0.22
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (optional) $0.20


  • Begin by cooking the rice. Combine the uncooked rice and chicken broth in a small pot. Place a lid on top and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit undisturbed, with the lid in place for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • Prepare the honey spice mix by combining the chili powder cumin, garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne, freshly cracked pepper, salt, honey, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
  • Chop the chicken breast into small pieces. Add it to the bowl with the honey spice mix and toss to coat. Set the seasoned meat aside while you prepare the rest of the bowl ingredients.
  • Rinse and drain the black beans. Drain the pineapple, then chop the tidbits into smaller pieces. Slice the green onions. Rinse and roughly chop the cilantro. Cut the avocado in half, then use a pairing knife to slice or cube the flesh.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped and seasoned chicken pieces and sauté until cooked through and slightly browned (5-7 minutes).
  • Build the bowls by adding 3/4 cup cooked rice to each bowl, followed by 1/4 of each of the following: cooked chicken, black beans, pineapple, avocado, green onions, and cilantro.


*The price for this rice is very high, but it's some leftover organic brown jasmine rice that I had purchased previously.
**I only buy my chicken breasts when they go on sale for $1.99/lb. (which they do about once a month or two) at my local grocery store. It then gets stored in the freezer until I'm ready to use it.