Spice Up Leftovers With This Honey Chipotle Burrito Bowl

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There’s something so hearty and filling about a burrito bowl. Throwing all the ingredients loosely in a bowl is tasty and easy on the days when you don’t want to create anything too challenging. The great thing about this bowl is that you can adapt it to include leftovers from that family get-together in Decatur, IL, and still get a big flavor. Spice up your leftovers with this yummy honey-chipotle burrito bowl.

Gather These Ingredients

For the cilantro-lime quinoa:

  • 2 ¼ cups of warm chicken stock
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¾ bunch of cilantro, chopped and divided into two piles
  • Zest and juice of one large lime
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of dry quinoa

For the honey-chipotle chicken:

  • 2 heaping cups of chicken breast, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of chipotle in adobo, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste if the chicken is not seasoned

Additions for your bowl:

  • Pico de gallo
  • Black beans
  • Guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Charred corn
  • Queso fresco
  • Sour cream
  • Crispy tortilla strips
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce

Of course, when you put your bowl together, you can include the ingredients you like and even add additional ones like chopped peppers or green onions.

Making Your Bowl

First, blend half the bunch of cilantro, salt, garlic, and stock until it is smooth. Then, warm the olive oil in a pot on medium-high heat and toast the quinoa for two to three minutes. Next, add the stock mixture to the quinoa, bring to a boil, then lower to a hard simmer. You’ll know the quinoa has finished cooking when it has absorbed the liquid. Finally, finish the quinoa with a bit of lime juice and fluff it with a fork.

While your quinoa is cooking, you can prepare the rest of the bowl. First, whisk the chipotle and honey together in a bowl. Then, toss your shredded chicken in the sauce. Next, set the chicken aside, then add a few scoops of the quinoa once it has finished cooking. Now, layer on the ingredients you chose for your bowl, and top with some of the spicy-sweet, shredded chicken. Finish it with the rest of the cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

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Sometimes Simple Is the Tastiest

The most time-consuming part of the burrito bowl is cooking the quinoa. But even if you’ve never cooked quinoa before, you’ll appreciate how quickly you can prepare this part. After the quinoa, the rest of the bowl is just a matter of assembling your ingredients. Making the bowl with the ingredients above will actually give you three servings, so you’ll be able to make a few meals to store for later — or share with a family member. Finally, if you like to bring the heat, add some chopped serrano peppers or your favorite super-spicy hot sauce. Enjoy!

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