This chicken burrito bowl meal prep is a healthier alternative to the take out burrito and is guilt-free. It is macro friendly, cheap and high in protein. You can eat this hot or cold during your lunch break at work. Wondering how to keep the guacamole fresh? I got you covered.
What seasoning should you use?
The chicken breasts were seasoned with a DIY taco seasoning which you can easily make at home without purchasing the sachets.
It is cheaper and much better for flavour.
If your kitchen is stocked up with spices and herbs, it is likely you will have most of these ingredients to make your own taco seasoning.
In a bowl, mix together chilli powder, paprika (sometimes used smoked), ground cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt and black pepper.
I regularly use taco seasoning for other recipes and have a large mason jar stored in my spice cupboard.
Delicious high protein meal prep
This meal prep is high in protein due to the addition of the black beans.
Each box contains one chicken breast sliced into strips and it is very budget friendly for a work lunch.
It is also high in fibre and superbly balanced.
If you really wanted to add more protein, you could sneak in another chicken breast and make your chicken burrito bowl extra large.
What is a naked burrito bowl?
Naked burrito bowls are more macro friendly compared to the traditional or fast food style burrito.
This is because we are eliminating the rice and wrap.
For example, if I bought a medium burrito from Tortilla, their medium wrap and Mexican rice is 359.4 calories alone.
However, this does not mean you should avoid rice or a flat bread.
This is just a strategic move to eliminate calorie dense foods to free up space within your daily caloric intake goal.
It also means you can eat this burrito bowl regularly without feeling like you have just pigged out.
That is a win in my book!
How to keep Guacamole fresh?
I have always been wary of using guacamole for a meal prep but it is usually fine up to three days (four, if you are pushing it).
So, how do you store guacamole for meal prep without it going brown?
The key is acidity and air-tight containers to prevent oxidation.
If you go to your local supermarket and read the ingredients on a packed guacamole, you will see similar ingredients to the below product which I saw at ASDA.
The term, “acid and acidity”, is regularly mentioned.
They use plenty of it to keep it “looking fresh”.
You can use it for your meal prep and not worry about squeezing in any more lime, but that is if you are okay with those ingredients.
Also you can use a plastic wrap to cover the guacamole and this works fantastically well, so you should give this a go.
If you are going to meal prep a DIY guacamole, store in an air-tight container, add lime juice and aim to consume it within three days.
However, if you are making guacamole fresh minutes before you eat your meal, do not bother with lime juice at all, as this post points out.
Eat this hot or cold
You can eat all of this cold because it has been precooked. It tastes best when it has all been mixed together in a bowl. However, I reheat my chicken and peppers, followed by mixing the sweetcorn, black beans, guacamole and tomatoes.
I often take this into work and reheat for under a minute, and trust me, it keeps me full for the afternoon.
This is not a bad weight loss meal either because it’s low in calories but full of fibre and nicely balanced.
This chicken burrito bowl meal prep is a regularly go-to recipe which never fails on me.
If you are going to cook this regularly, I recommend looking into making your own taco seasoning because that will be a life saver.Print
The meal prep chicken burrito bowl is a healthier alternative to the take out burrito. It is macro friendly, cheap and high in protein. You can eat this hot or cold during your lunch break at work.
- 300g Chicken Breasts
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
- 1/2 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 3 Ripe Acocados
- 1 Lime (juiced)
- 1 tbsp Coriander (finely chopped)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 115g Black Beans
- 1 Small Can Sweet Corn
- 1 Large Tomato (finely, chopped)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- Ensure you flatten your chicken breast before seasoning. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken breast and seasoning’s. On a medium-high heated pan, add olive oil and your chicken breasts. Cook each side for five minutes and cover the pan throughout. Once cooled down, slice your chicken breasts into thin stripes.
- Halve and scoop out your avocado into a bowl and mash until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients and ensure the guacamole is stored in an air-tight container, with a plastic wrap covering the top.
- Pan-roast the sliced bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until skins start to blister.
- Add the remaining ingredients: black beans, sweet corn and tomatoes to your meal prep box.
- Refrigerate and consume within 3-4 days
- To keep the guacamole fresh: add lime juice, cover with a plastic wrap and store in air-tight container.
- You can use taco seasoning sachets and purchase store bought guacamole to save time.
- Category: Meal Prep Ideas
- Method: Pan
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 332
- Sodium: 120.3 mg
- Fat: 6.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 18.1 g
- Fiber: 9.9 g
- Protein: 25.9 g
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