Mexican Chicken Bowl with Rice, Beans, and Queso Fresco

Mexican Chicken Bowl with Rice, Beans, and Queso Fresco
Preparation time
20 mins
Cooking time
20 mins
6 people

Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad – a fresh summer salad loaded with black beans, chicken, corn and rice. Totally addicting and makes the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight.


Mexican Chicken Bowl with Rice, Beans, and Queso Fresco




  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 6 ounces


  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 medium Hass avocados, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion, rinsed in a sieve under cold water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) tortilla chips


  1. In a small bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, and refrigerate while you prepare the rice.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the rice, broth, and salt to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Move off the burner and keep covered for 10 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Keep a lid on the rice until ready to use.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken, smooth (skin) side down first, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is firm to the touch and opaque all the way to the center, 8 to 12 minutes, turning once or twice. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch chunks.
  5. Divide the rice evenly between individual bowls. Top the rice with small mounds of chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, and beans. Sprinkle the queso fresco on top. Serve with lime wedges and tortilla chips.

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