These Instant Pot Burrito Bowls with frozen chicken could not be easier to prepare. They work great for meal prep, cook in one pot, and taste delicious.
This Instant Pot Burrito Bowl is also excellent for the nights that I forgot to thaw my chicken, or soak my black beans. Only having one pot to clean is an added bonus.
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Ingredients for these Chicken Burrito Bowls
I love to learn about food and share my knowledge with you. These are the ingredients I used in this recipe and a little about why I used each one.
- Frozen Chicken: A versatile source of protein, that works great for this recipe because it absorbs all the spices.
- Brown Rice: Brown rice is a whole grain. That means it contains all parts of the grain — including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ and the carb-rich endosperm.
- Black Beans: Because of their fiber content, black beans help to keep a healthy digestive tract. They also provide fuel for the healthy bacteria in the colon.
- Diced Tomatoes: Be sure and grab low-sodium. If you want an extra kick grab a can with green chiles added.
- Garlic: In addition to making almost any meal taste better, garlic also has several health benefits, including reduced blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and even lessoning the symptoms of the common cold.
- Cumin: Cumin is used world wide and is especially popular in Indian, Mexican, and Asian cooking.
- Onion Powder: Every spice cabinet should be equipped with onion powder. Toss it in for extra flavor without the watery eyes from chopping fresh onions.
- Chili Powder: Chili powder is dried fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper, sometimes with the addition of other spices. It is used to add a spicy kick and flavor to culinary dishes.
- Chicken Broth: I love using homemade chicken broth. But, if using store bought broth, be sure and get the low-sodium kind. You can always add salt after cooking is complete, if needed.
- Optional: Shredded cheese, sour cream or Greek yogurt, tortilla chips
- This recipe is one that is important to make exactly as written. It just doesn’t cook the same when you change the ingredients.
- Use frozen chicken, dry brown rice, and dry black beans since they all have similar cooking times.
- Brown rice is best with this recipe. White rice changes the or quinoa won’t cook the same.
- If you prefer your beans to be softer, naturally pressure the release from the Instant Pot.
- A hand mixer works great for perfectly shredded chicken. Just move your chicken to a mixing bowl, and use your mixer on medium for about 30 seconds.
- If you see a Burn Notice on your pressure cooker, release the pressure and add more liquid, and make sure to separate your chicken breasts.
- I always spray the bottom of the pot with a nonstick cooking spray–usually a healthy oil such as olive oil.
How to make Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls:
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Add time for a natural pressure release if you’d like your beans cooked a bit more.
- Combine Ingredients
Place frozen chicken breast, brown rice, black beans, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, and chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
- Pressure Cook
Close and lock the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Select Pressure Cook and set the cook time for 25 minutes.
- Quick Release
When the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. For softer beans, let the pressure release naturally.
- Shred your chicken
Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. You can use two forks to shred it by hand, or you can shred using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Return Chicken to the pot
Add the shredded chicken back to the Instant Pot and stir well to mix evenly.
Serve warm and top with your favorite burrito additions such as: lettuce, cheddar cheese, avocado, cilantro, or salsa.
Alternate Flavor Profile:
- For a different taste to this recipe, use the seasonings from this Cilantro Lime Drumstick recipe:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tsp crushed red peppers
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- juice from one lime
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Healthy Eating Plans
- Weight Watchers: See this post.
- These 21 Day Fix Burrito Bowls fit perfectly within Portion Fix rules. Counts for the entire recipe, minus toppings: 6 Red Containers, 6 Yellow Containers, and 2 Green Containers. I give you these counts so you can easily recalculate the containers if you change anything.
- Per serving: 1 Red Container, 1 Yellow Container, and 1/3 Green Container. Make sure to count any additional toppings you add.
- 2B Mindset: This is a great lunch when you add 50% vegetables to your plate. This could be in the form of toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, or steamed vegetables.
If you’re looking for healthy Instant Pot recipes that can be made with thawed chicken check these out:
More Recipes Like These Instant Pot Burrito Bowls:
Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Frozen Chicken
- 1½ lbs chicken breasts frozen
- ½ cups brown rice uncooked
- ½ cups black beans dry (not soaked)
- 15 oz diced tomatoes low sodium and no sugar added
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1½ cups chicken stock low sodium
Optional toppings for Burrito Bowls: Romaine lettuce, Cheddar cheese and Avocado, Salsa or pico de gallo.
- Place frozen chicken, dry brown rice, dry black beans, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, and chicken stock into the Instant Pot.
- Close and lock the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Select Pressure Cook and set the cook time for 25 minutes.
- When the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
- Remove your chicken from the pot and shred. You can use two forks to shred it by hand, or use a hand or stand mixer.
- Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and stir well to evenly mix. Serve warm, with your favorite burrito toppings such as: lettuce, cheddar cheese, avocado, or salsa. For meal prep, place in individual serving containers and refrigerate or freeze until ready to eat.
- Weight Watchers Blue Plan Points: See this post for the Weight Watchers version.
- 21 Day Fix: (entire recipe) 6 Red Containers, 6 Yellow Containers, and 2 Green Containers. (per serving, which is about 2/3 cups): 1 Red Container, 1 Yellow Container, and 1/3 Green Container.
- 2B Mindset: This is a perfect lunch when you add 50% vegetables on your plate.
- This method works best with frozen chicken, dry brown rice, and dry black beans since they all have similar cooking times.
- You will not get the same results with thawed chicken, minute rice, or canned beans since they all have different cooking times.
- Brown rice is best with this recipe. White rice changes the flavor and texture, and quinoa doesn’t absorb enough liquid.
- If you prefer your beans softer use a natural pressure release.
- This recipe is one that is important to make exactly as written. It just doesn’t taste the same when you substitute ingredients.
- A hand mixer works great for perfectly shredded chicken. Just move your cooked chicken to a mixing bowl, and use your mixer on medium for about 30 seconds.