Heartburn Free Burrito Bowl w/ Cilantro Lime Chicken

How to make EASY Heartburn Free Burrito Bowls w/ juicy cilantro lime chicken & salad dressing (w/ cottage cheese), garlic black beans, roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes & cheese. It’s easy on the tummy with lean protein, low-fat toppings, and plenty of vegetables.

How to make EASY Heartburn Free Burrito Bowls w/ juicy cilantro lime chicken & dressing, garlic black beans, roasted corn, avocado & cheese

When you look at a delicious stuffed, spicy burrito, does your mind say yes, but your gut says, stop, you’ll regret this later? Well me too, which is why I came up with this amazing heartburn-free, healthy, fresh burrito bowl. It’s easy on the tummy with lean protein, low-fat toppings, and plenty of vegetables. 

You get all the incredible flavors of a burrito, including cilantro lime pan-seared chicken and salad dressing made with cottage cheese, garlic black beans, roasted corn, cheddar cheese, fresh tomato, and sliced avocado. But without the ingredients that typically cause heartburn, such as onions, chilis, and peppers. It provides the perfect base for those who can tolerate more spice to add their favorite hot sauce. Everyone wins!

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Why You’ll Love This Healthy Burrito Bowl Salad Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting healthy chicken burrito bowls:

  • Chicken: You can substitute grilled fish, tofu, or tempeh for the chicken in your burrito bowls. These foods are all lower in fat and calories than chicken, and they are also a good source of protein.
  • Cilantro Lime Marinade: You can substitute low-fat yogurt or apple cider vinegar for the olive oil in the marinade. You can also reduce the amount of lime juice and cilantro, as these ingredients can sometimes trigger heartburn.*
  • Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing: You can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayo in the salad dressing. 
  • Black Beans: You can substitute kidney beans or pinto beans for the black beans in your burrito bowls. These beans are all a good source of fiber and protein, and they are also lower in fat than black beans.
  • Roasted Corn: You can substitute grilled corn or corn on the cob for the roasted corn in your burrito bowls. These are both good sources of fiber and vitamins, and they are also lower in fat than roasted corn.
  • Salad Ingredients: You can substitute spinach or kale for the leafy greens in your burrito bowls. These greens are both a good source of vitamins and minerals, and they are also lower in calories than iceberg lettuce. You can also substitute a different type of tomato, such as a cherry tomato or grape tomato, for the roma tomato.
  • Avocados: You can substitute with your favorite homemade or store-bought guacamole.

*I have not tested this substitution.

How to Make My Healthy Burrito Salad Bowl Recipe

Here are easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to make this delicious recipe:

Step 1. Marinate the Chicken

You can marinate your chicken within several hours or a day of cooking your chicken.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir with a spoon until well blended.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Place a thawed, boneless skinless chicken breast in a 1-gallon plastic bag. Pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until it is an even thickness. Roughly .5″ thick.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken. Press out the air and seal the bag. Gently move the chicken around inside the bag to coat it in the marinade. Store in the fridge for 2-24 hours.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2. Prep the Beans

Thoroughly rinse and drain a can of black beans and corn kernels. You can start the beans to simmer while you cook the chicken.

Combine the black beans, water, butter, garlic powder, cumin, and salt in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

 

Step 3. Cook the chicken

While the black beans are simmering, bring a cast iron frying pan to high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and wait until the oil turns runny and glossy. 

Remove your chicken breast from the bag and sprinkle coarse sea salt on both sides. Lay it in the hot frying pan and allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes. Do not move it. This will allow the bottom to sear a golden brown color which results in amazing flavor.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Flip the chicken over and allow to cook on the other side for another 4 minutes. Then begin checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it reaches 165°F, remove it from the pan and place it on a plate to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. This will allow the chicken to absorb all the delicious juices.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Roast the Corn

Turn the heat down to medium/high in your frying pan and add the can of well-rinsed whole-kernel corn. Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5. Make the Salad Dressing

To make the Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing, combine the mayo, cottage cheese, cilantro, lime juice, garlic clove, salt, and pepper to a blender, food processor or my favorite, the chopper cup with my immersion blender. Blend until well combined. The texture will be thick and creamy. If you want it to be runnier, add a tablespoon of light olive oil. .

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 6. Assemble Your Burrito Bowl

Finely dice the roma tomato.

Cut the avocado in half and carefully slice thin long slices without cutting through the skin. Scoop out the slices with a spoon.

Tightly roll large leaves of lettuce. Then make thin slices. Then cut them in half lengthwise for finely shredded lettuce.

Place the shredded lettuce in the bottom of your serving bowl, and then add the chicken, black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese, and salad dressing. Make it how you like it! 🙂

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Heartburn-Free Burrito Salad Bowl Recipe Notes

  • Marinade the chicken in advance: This will help the chicken to cook more evenly and flavorfully. You can marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Cook the chicken until it is cooked through: This will help to ensure that the chicken is safe to eat and that it will not trigger heartburn. The chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Use low-fat or fat-free ingredients: This will help to reduce the fat content of your burrito bowls and make them less likely to trigger heartburn.
  • Avoid acidic ingredients: Some acidic ingredients, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, and vinegar, can trigger heartburn. If you are sensitive to acidic foods, you may want to avoid these ingredients in your burrito bowls.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: Garnishing your burrito bowls with fresh herbs, such as cilantro or parsley, will add flavor and freshness. It will also help to mask any strong flavors that may trigger heartburn.

  • Store the leftover beans, corn, chicken, tomatoes, salad dressing, avocado, and leafy greens separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When you are ready to eat, you can eat all the ingredients cold, or warm up the chicken, beans, and corn in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.
How to make EASY Heartburn Free Burrito Bowls w/ juicy cilantro lime chicken & dressing, garlic black beans, roasted corn, avocado & cheese

Heartburn Free Burrito Bowls w/ Cilantro Lime Chicken

How to make EASY Heartburn Free Burrito Bowls w/ juicy cilantro lime chicken & salad dressing (w/ cottage cheese), garlic black beans, roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes & cheese. It’s easy on the tummy with lean protein, low-fat toppings, and plenty of vegetables.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast

Cilantro Lime Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Black Beans:

  • 1 can black beans 15 oz
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Roasted Corn:

  • 1 can whole kernel corn 15 oz
  • 1 tablespoon oil avocado or olive are my favorites
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped leafy greens
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1/2 sliced avocado
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

Instructions
 

  • You can marinate your chicken within several hours or a day of cooking your chicken.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir with a spoon until well blended.
  • Place a thawed, boneless skinless chicken breast in a 1-gallon plastic bag. Pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until it is an even thickness. Roughly .5″ thick.
  • Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken. Press out the air and seal the bag. Gently move the chicken around inside the bag to coat it in the marinade. Store in the fridge for 2-24 hours.

Black Beans:

  • Thoroughly rinse and drain a can of black beans and corn kernels. You can start the beans to simmer while you cook the chicken.
  • Combine the black beans, water, butter, garlic powder, cumin, and salt in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • While the black beans are simmering, bring a cast iron frying pan to high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and wait until the oil turns runny and glossy.
  • Remove your chicken breast from the bag and sprinkle coarse sea salt on both sides. Lay it in the hot frying pan and allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes. Do not move it. This will allow the bottom to sear a golden brown color which results in amazing flavor. Flip the chicken over and allow to cook on the other side for another 4 minutes. Then begin checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it reaches 165°F, remove it from the pan and place it on a plate to rest for 15 minutes. This will allow the chicken to absorb all the delicious juices.
  • While the black beans are simmering, bring a cast iron frying pan to high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and wait until the oil turns runny and glossy.
  • Remove your chicken breast from the bag and sprinkle coarse sea salt on both sides. Lay it in the hot frying pan and allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes. Do not move it. This will allow the bottom to sear a golden brown color which results in amazing flavor.
  • Flip the chicken over and allow to cook on the other side for another 4 minutes. Then begin checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it reaches 165°F, remove it from the pan and place it on a plate to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. This will allow the chicken to absorb all the delicious juices.
  • Turn the heat down to medium/high in your frying pan and add the can of well-rinsed whole-kernel corn. Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
  • To make the Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing, combine the mayo, cottage cheese, cilantro, lime juice, garlic clove, salt, and pepper to a blender, food processor or my favorite, the chopper cup with my immersion blender. Blend until well combined. The texture will be thick and creamy. If you want it to be runnier, add a tablespoon of light olive oil.
  • Finely dice the roma tomato.
  • Cut the avocado in half and carefully slice thin long slices without cutting through the skin. Scoop out the slices with a spoon.
  • Tightly roll large leaves of lettuce. Then make thin slices. Then cut them in half lengthwise for finely shredded lettuce.
  • Place the shredded lettuce in the bottom of your serving bowl, and then add the chicken, black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese, and salad dressing. Make it how you like it! 🙂

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 19gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1970mgPotassium: 719mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4656IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 1mg
Keyword avocado, black beans, burrito, chicken, cilantro, cilantro lime salad dressing, corn tortillas, healthy, heartburn-free, lime, smoothie bowl
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had all the ingredients, so after watching this video, I prepped the chicken and put it in the marinade. ( I had about 5 hrs. before dinner) I had leftover corn from another meal and yellow rice, guacamole, lettuce and the cheese. The sauce was easy to make in a small bowl and cooking the chicken and corn was easy. There is only two of us so I skipped the beans this time. It came together so easily and we each took what we wanted on our salad. The dressing was delicious and I loved that it was a complete meal in one bowl. This is a meal that I can throw together easily but it looks like it was thoughtfully made. I’ll turn to this often on my busy days! I love your cottage cheese ice cream, too.

    1. That is so awesome Meredith! Thank you for sharing your feedback. I also appreciate this is a complete meal in one bowl…that mean’s fewer dishes to wash 🙂 I’m a little obsessed with cottage cheese ice cream too!

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