This quick 30-minute dinner is exactly what you need to get a delicious weeknight meal on the table fast. Tender chicken and fajita veggies are all cooked on one sheet pan for easy cleanup and then turned into perfect burrito bowls with all of your favorite toppings. The best part is that these bowls are completely customizable so they are a great fit for the whole family!
all you need is one sheet pan for these easy chicken burrito bowls
The bulk of this entire recipe is made on a sheet pan which makes the process incredibly easy. What’s better than being able to throw everything on a sheet pan, bake for thirty minutes, and be done with dinner? Few things are more satisfying.
First, start by slicing up a few bell peppers (I used green, orange, and red) and a yellow onion and then placing them on a sheet pan. I kept the colors separate for the photo, but feel free to just mix everything up.
the best chicken to use for chipotle chicken burrito bowls
The next step in making these burrito bowls is seasoning the chicken.. This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
I personally love using these because they don’t dry out and get tough in the oven and they are also a bit cheaper per pound than breasts. But, if you want to, you can use chicken breast instead.
If you are going to use chicken breast here are a few tips:
Make sure that the chicken breasts are not too thick or too thin. You do not want the chicken breasts to take too long to cook because then the peppers will be overdone. You also don’t want them to be too thin, because they will dry out.
Check the chicken breast mid-way through and remove them from the pan if they are already cooked.
how to serve your sheet pan chicken and veggies
When the chicken and veggies are done cooking, you just remove the chicken from the sheet pan, dice it up, return it to the pan, and give it a toss it in the pan juices.
Now, once everything is cooked, you can go in a few different directions here. I highly suggest making a loaded burrito bowl similar to the one pictured in this post, but there are few other options, too!
Especially if you’re making this a meal prep recipe you might want to switch things up a bit throughout the week.
Here a few other ways to use the chicken and veggies:
make traditional burritos or tacos with your favorite tortillas
serve the chicken and veggies with rice and beans
make lettuce wrap tacos
what toppings to use on your sheet pan chipotle chicken burrito bowls
One of the things I love most about bowls like this is how easy they are to customize. These chicken burrito bowls are also a great dinner party point.
All you have to do is put a couple of sheet pans in the oven with the chicken and veggies, and then lay out all of the toppings for your guests to choose from. This way, everyone is happy no matter what their dietary needs.
Here are a few of my favorite toppings to use on your bowls:
black beans seasoned with a little garlic powder and salt
sharp white cheddar cheese (the sharper the better for me, please)
loads of fresh cilantro
even more pickled red onions
pico de gallo (save yourself the time and buy it from the store)
a generous squeeze of lime juice over every single inch of the bowl
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For the chicken and veggies: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the sliced peppers and onions on a greased sheet pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken thighs, olive oil, lime juice, and spices. Mix everything until the chicken is well coated and then place the chicken thighs on the sheet pan. Bake the chicken and veggies for 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan, dice it up, and then return it to the pan. Pour some of the pan juices over the chicken and set aside.
For the black beans: While the chicken is cooking, heat one can of black beans in a small pot on the stove. Add a sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and cumin for extra flavor.
For the rice: Cook according to the package instructions. Add a squeeze of lime juice and chopped cilantro when it’s finished cooking to take things to the next level.
Assemble the bowls: Start with a bed of lettuce and then pile on the chicken, peppers and onions, rice, beans, and whatever else your heart desires! Dig in!