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Fans of Tex Mex food looking for easy dinner ideas will love this amazing chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. Mexican rice pairs with chicken, south of the border spices, beans, avocado, and more. It’s a Chili’s copycat dish which is literally bursting with amazing flavours. If you are a fan of a burrito or rice bowl, you will love this!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

A burrito or rice bowl makes a delicious meal and this chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl blends various Tex Mex ingredients for a mouth-watering result. It’s a layered dish which is delicious served hot with sour cream or guacamole ranch on top.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl Ingredients

The basis of this Chili’s copycat Tex Mex dish is a package of Mexican rice and some chicken breasts. Chicken broth, chipotle sauce, cumin, chilli powder, paprika, garlic, black pepper, oregano, corn, black beans, pico de gallo, red onion, and avocado also feature. And then tortilla strips and cilantro make a tasty garnish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

Using a package of Mexican rice is a timesaving step, as is using prepared pico de gallo. If you prefer to make either from scratch, you can. It’s also quicker to use readymade crispy tortilla strips than make your own.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

How to Make this Easy Dinner

Burrito or rice bowl fans will love this chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. It’s just such a simple recipe and the flavours are amazing.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

The first step in the recipe is to prepare the Mexican rice. Follow the directions on the package since different brands vary.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

Now put the broth and some of the chipotle sauce in a pan and whisk it. Add the chicken and cook it for about 5 minutes. Next, heat a grill pan. Mix the spices and oregano and use this mixture to season the par-cooked chicken.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

Grease the grill pan with non-stick cooking spray then sear the chicken for a couple of minutes per side in there. Let it rest on a cutting board while you sauté the corn, beans and remaining chipotle sauce for several minutes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. This easy dinner is a Chili's copycat recipe like a burrito or rice bowl.

Cut the chicken into strips and arrange in a baking dish. Add the rice, corn, beans, pico de gallo, red onion, and avocado on top. Add the tortilla strips and cilantro and serve.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.

I like sour cream and/or guacamole ranch with mine. And I also add a lime wedge like they do at Chili’s and sometimes serve it with field greens and shredded Mexican blend cheese.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.

A Closer Look at Chipotle Sauce

Chipotle is a wonderful ingredient in many Mexican and Tex Mex recipes. It’s made with smoked, dried red jalapenos. The smoky flavour just suits south of the border such as this Chili’s copycat recipe so well.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.

It’s a spicy sauce which dials up the flavour of the chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. Chipotle peppers are also great for making homemade hot salsa. If you’re not into spicy dishes, you can use a mild chilli sauce instead. Perhaps also add a couple of drops of liquid smoke to make up for losing the smoky chipotle taste.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.

Chili’s Copycat Chipotle Chicken FAQs

Can you swap the chicken for a different protein?

Although the chicken is especially good in this burrito or rice bowl style easy dinner, it’s not the only option. Try shrimp, pork or even beef.

You can sub seafood, beef or vegetable broth too, if you like, to complement the protein. Just bear in mind different proteins have different cooking times, so adjust that accordingly.

Where can you buy chipotle sauce?

Kroger, Walmart and Amazon all carry chipotle sauce. Any Mexican grocery store will also have it, along with all the other ingredients.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl. If you are a fan of Tex Mex, you will love this copycat recipe.

Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl Recipe

5 from 61 votes

Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Mexican rice pairs with chicken, south of the border spices, beans, avocado, and more. It's a Chili's copycat dish which is literally bursting with amazing flavours. If you are a fan of a burrito or rice bowl, you will love this!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 Package rice, Mexican, 7 Ounces
  • 1 Pound chicken breasts, boneless skinless, thinly sliced
  • 3 Cups chicken broth
  • ¼ Cup chipotle sauce, plus 2 Tablespoons
  • ½ Teaspoon cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon oregano, Mexican
  • 1 Can corn, southwest, 14 Ounces, drained
  • 1 Can black beans, 14 Ounces, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup pico de gallo
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 avocados, sliced

Garnish

  • 1 Cup tortilla strips
  • 2 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Instructions 

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. **Start this first, typically the directions will entail bringing water to a boil, adding rice, lowering heat to a simmer, and cooking for 25 plus minutes**
  • Pour chicken broth and ¼ cup chipotle sauce into a large saucepan or dutch oven and whisk. Once boiling, add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes. This will not be enough to cook the chicken but is just enough time for the meat to absorb the flavor of the chipotle sauce and broth. It will also be extra juicy.
  • Meanwhile, Preheat a grill pan over high heat.
  • Combine cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano in a small bowl or ramekin.
  • Remove chicken from the saucepan. Season both sides of the chicken.
  • Lightly spray the grill pan with non stick cooking spray *with a high smoke point*
  • Add the chicken to the grill pan and sear for 2 minutes per side. Remove and set onto a wooden cutting board to rest.
  • Meanwhile, add the corn, black beans, and 2 tbsp chipotle sauce to a small pan or skillet. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Thinly slice the chicken breast into strips.
  • Either arrange into individual bowls, or into a large, shallow serving dish.
  • First add the rice, then the corn and black beans, next add the pico de gallo, diced red onion, and avocado slices. Top with tortilla strips. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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One of the best Chili’s copycat recipes I’ve made, this chipotle chicken fresh Mex bowl makes an easy dinner. It’s bursting with wonderful south of the border flavours, along with a variety of textures for a tasty, satisfying dinner.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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    1. There is two steps for cooking chicken. In Step #2 you cook it for 5 minutes in the broth mixture. Then in Step #7 you grill it, 2 minutes per side. If you had thick breasts you will probably want to check and cook more if needed. I hope that helps.

        1. I used thousand island but it’s pretty good with the Chili’s house-made ranch (or regular ranch dressing)