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Burrito Bowl Date Night Recipe

(Gluten Free, Paleo)


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lime, for juice
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Pico de Gallo

  • 1 large ripe tomato, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, for juice

Cilantro Rice

  • 2 cups Basic Steamed Rice or Cauliflower Rice
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 lime, for juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

For Serving

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 batch No-Fuss Guac
  • sour cream or cheese Optional


  1. Place the garlic, olive oil, chipotle chili powder, vinegar, lime juice, salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano in a blender and blend until smooth. Combine with the chicken in a resealable plastic bag; marinate for at least 30 minutes, overnight preferred.

  2. Make the Pico de Gallo: Salt the diced tomato; leave in a colander to drain for 20 minutes. Combine the drained tomatoes with the remaining ingredients and set aside.

  3. Grill the chicken over direct medium-high heat until it reaches an internal temperature of 155°F, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then chop it into bite-sized chunks.

  4. Make the Cilantro Rice: Place the cooked rice in a big bowl. Mix in the oil. Add the lime and lemon juices and salt, stirring together. Finally, stir in the cilantro. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if you like.

  5. Serve the burrito bowls any way you see fit. At my house, we like rice, then lettuce, then chicken, then pico, then guac.

Recipe Notes

* If making the cilantro rice with cauliflower rice, only use half of the wet ingredients (oil and juices).

* If serving with sour cream, vigorously stir the sour cream to denature its proteins and make it less firm.

* If serving with cheese, an equal mixture of white cheddar and jack cheeses tastes best.

* Don’t limit yourself to just chicken. Consider using Carnitas (page 250), fajita steak (page 248), or blackened fish (page 252).

* You haven’t really lived until you’ve made a burger bowl: unseasoned cooked rice, Mayo (page 276), Ketchup (page 278), mustard, your favorite burger toppings, and a burger or two on top. You’re welcome.