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Meal-Prep Cilantro-Lime Chicken Bowls

Meal-Prep Cilantro-Lime Chicken Bowls

Prep all four servings of this easy recipe at once for ready-to-eat dinners or packable lunches for the rest of the week. If you don't like a lot of heat, try using mild chili powder, and leave out the jalapeño from the rice.


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder or mild chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)
  • 1 15-ounce can reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco (2 ½ ounces)
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


  • Toss chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt, chipotle (or chili) powder and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean bowl and let cool slightly. Toss with cilantro and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add onion, red pepper, green pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened and are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat if vegetables are getting too dark.
  • Combine rice, tomato, jalapeno, if using, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
  • To assemble: Divide equal portions of black beans, the chicken mixture, bell pepper mixture and rice mixture among 4 microwave-safe containers. Top each with queso fresco and a lime wedge. Refrigerate until ready to use (up to 4 days).
  • To reheat, remove the lime wedge. Microwave each container on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through. Squeeze the lime wedge over the top.


  • Prepare through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

AUTHOR Carolyn Casner
BRAND EatingWell

YIELD 4 servings
ACTIVE TIME 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME 45 minutes


Per serving 511 Calories
Total Fat 19 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Mono Saturated Fat 10 g
Cholesterol 93 mg
Sodium 689 mg
Fiber 8 g
Protein 37 g
Potassium 971 mg
Added Sugars 0 g
Total Sugars 8 g
Calcium 144 mg
Chromium 1 mcg
Folate 94 mcg
Omega-6 2 g
Vitamin E 5 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Vitamin B3 15 mg
Carbohydrate Servings 3

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