Low-carb keto chicken burrito bowls are the perfect one-bowl recipe for an easy dinner, lunch, or meal prep that you can easily throw together.

PLUS you can make them on the Instant Pot, pressure cooker, stove, OR in a slow cooker. Make this one-bowl recipe for your next family dinner.

keto chicken burrito bowls full of colourful vegetables
Low-carb keto chicken burrito bowl (Instant Pot, stove, slow-cooker)

Is chicken keto?

Chicken is a versatile and filling source of complete protein. It is low in carbs and can be high fat or low fat depending on the cut of meat you choose.

The nutritional values of chicken will depend on which part of the chicken you are cooking. Boneless skinless chicken breast, for example, will be lower fat than chicken thighs with the skin. Dark parts of chicken meat will have higher iron and the chicken breast has the least fat.

Nutritional values from cronometer.com

Per 100g (3.5oz)Net CarbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken breast, skinless030.9g4.5g173
Chicken drumstick, skin eaten027.3g10g206
Chicken drumstick, skinless024.2g5.7g155
Chicken skin020.4g40.7g454
Chicken thigh, skin eaten028.2g13.2g239
Chicken thigh, skinless027.7g6g173
Chicken wing, skin eaten023.8g16.9g354
Chicken nutrition per 100g/3.5oz serving

Instructions

Chicken burrito bowls in the Instant Pot are simple and only take a few minutes. You will only need to cook the chicken and cauliflower rice in the Instant Pot, the rest of the ingredients in your bowl are fresh vegetables that you can chop and prepare while the chicken and riced cauliflower are cooking.

1: Cook chicken

To cook the chicken you will want to chop it into bite-sized pieces. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode, when the Instant Pot is hot add the chicken and keto taco seasoning.

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Next, sauté the chicken for a few minutes until it is browned but not cooked through. Turn the Instant Pot off, then add the water and deglaze the bottom. Deglazing your Instant Pot will ensure that you don’t get a burn notice when cooking.

Burrito bowl in front of the Instant Pot
Keto chicken burrito bowls packed with flavour and protein

2: Cauliflower rice

If you don’t know how to prepare cauliflower rice before, I show you how to make it with no mess in this cauliflower rice recipe post. For this chicken burrito bowl recipe, you will need about 2 cups of uncooked cauliflower rice.

You can also use frozen cauliflower rice, but it will need to be defrosted first, or a longer cooking time used.

I used plain cauliflower rice, but you can spice it up however you like.

3: Layer and cook together

To cook the cauliflower rice at the same time as the spicy juicy chicken you will want to place your trivet oven the chicken in the Instant Pot, then place an oven-safe bowl containing your cauliflower rice on the trivet. You can use any stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl that fits a lot as the bowl is oven-safe.

Your chicken and cauliflower rice will need to cook for one minute on high pressure. Use either the “manual”, “pressure cook”, or “meat/stew” setting. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 5 minutes.

collage showing you how to make keto chicken burrito bowls
Step by step, how to make low-carb chicken burrito bowls in the Instant Pot

Serving

How you assemble and serve your low-carb burrito bowls is up to you. I like to serve chicken and cauliflower rice over a bed of fresh leafy greens like spinach. Then I top it with sliced avocado, keto guacamole, diced bell peppers, diced onions, sliced jalapenos, chopped fresh tomatoes, and chopped fresh cilantro. 

You can add any low-carb burrito toppings that you like. Sour cream, shredded cheese, or homemade salsa are all wonderful toppings. 

Storage

The chicken and cauliflower rice can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, which makes these burrito bowls a perfect recipe for meal-prepped lunches.

Because it is so fast to make and has so many fresh vegetables, you won’t want to freeze it, however, if you want to make the cooked chicken and cauliflower rice, that portion of the burrito bowl can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. 

Instant Pot burrito bowls with chopped vegetables
A fully loaded chicken burrito bowl with protein, vegetables and guacamole

Slow cooker method

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, no problem. There are many ways you can cook low-carb chicken burrito bowls.

To make it in the slow cooker, you will want to add the diced chicken, seasonings, and cauliflower rice to your slow cooker. Cover your slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours. 

When making your burrito bowls in the slow cooker you can either mix the rice in with the chicken and seasonings, or you can push the seasoned chicken to one side and cook the cauliflower on the other side. Either way, it tastes great.

chicken burrito bowls close up

Stove top method

Cooking your burrito bowls on the stove is simple. First, heat olive oil or avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Now add the raw diced chicken and Mexican seasonings. It will take about 7-10 minutes to cook the chicken through. You want the chicken to have an internal temperature of 75 degrees C/165 degrees F.

When the chicken is completely cooked, remove it from the frying pan and set it aside. You can cook your cauliflower rice in the same skillet that you cooked your chicken, this will flavor the cauliflower rice.

If you prefer plain cauliflower rice, add a bit of oil to a new pan and sauté the cauliflower rice on medium heat until it softens. Then assemble your burrito bowls to make a delicious meal that everyone will love.

Serving of chicken burrito bowl made in the Instant Pot

Variations

Chicken burrito bowls really are so easy. This recipe is really just a base recipe, there are so many ways you can create your desired toppings and customize the bowls to each family member.

  • Serve on top of Mexican coleslaw for a crunchy vegetable bowl.
  • Serve on a bed or chopped fresh spinach or romaine lettuce if your children don’t like cauliflower rice.
  • Serve inside my cheesy keto tortillas or as a wrap or burrito.
  • Serve with lime wedges, chopped cilantro (coriander), garlic powder, roasted peppers, red onion, chili powder, sliced green onions, and a hot sauce.
  • If dairy free, omit any shredded cheese and sour cream. Squeeze lime juice over the top and serve with a lime wedge.

While we love eating burrito bowls for dinner, I also enjoy prepping them for lunch for myself and my children. I’d love to hear your favorite toppings for your chicken burrito bowls, comment below.

Burrito bowl served with colourful vegetables

Nutrition

The nutrition panel in the homemade chicken burrito bowls recipe below is for the burrito chicken and cauliflower rice only. All bowl toppings, variations, and spinach are additional as everyone will desire various salad ingredients and quantities.

Carbs: Protein: Fat values per added vegetable

  • 1 cup spinach = 0.4g : 0.9g : 0.1g
  • 4 baby tomatoes = 1.3g : 0.3g : 0.1g
  • 2 rings yellow bell pepper = 1.1g : 0.2g : 0g
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onions = 0.9g : 1g : 0g
  • 1/2 avocado = 1.2g : 1.3g : 10.5g
  • 1 jalapeno pepper = 0.9g : 0.1g : 0.1g

Recipe FAQ

Can I use frozen cauliflower rice?

Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower rice but you either need to defrost the frozen rice first or extend the cooking time to allow it to defrost then cook it with the chicken.

Can I use taco seasoning?

Yes, if you prefer to use a store-bought taco seasoning you can. But always read nutrition labels to ensure there is no added flour, starches, or added sugars. Or you can make your own homemade taco seasoning mix.

These healthy chicken burrito bowls are naturally gluten-free and low-carb, and measuring the spices only takes a minute.

Can I use cooked leftover chicken?

Yes, if you want to make this recipe but don’t want to cook the chicken for the burrito bowl you can use cooked shredded chicken or cooked leftovers. Make sure you mix the chicken with the spices or taco seasoning so the marinated chicken is flavored well.

Is Mexican food keto?

Mexican food CAN be keto as long as you avoid the high-carb ingredients such as four tortillas, black beans, rice, and seasoning or sauces with added sugar. Choose extra vegetables, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream all served on a large bed of salad. Some takeouts call this a “naked burrito”

close up of keto chicken burrito bowls

Keto Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe (Instant Pot)

Quick and easy delicous low-carb keto chicken burrito bowls are the perfect one-bowl meal. Can be cooked in the Instant Pot slow-cooker, or stove. ,
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: keto chicken burrito bowls, Low-Carb Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 4
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Thinlicious.com
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Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Slow cooker
  • Frying pan

Ingredients
 
 

Burrito Chicken & Cauliflower Rice

  • 450 g chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • 80 ml water
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice/pearls

Toppings/Bowl

  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • yellow capsicum/bell pepper
  • red onion finely diced
  • mashed avocado
  • jalepeno slices
  • cilantro

Instructions

  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the chicken and seasoning to the Instant Pot. Brown the chicken for 2-3 minutes, this will keep the chicken from sticking together while cooking.
  • Turn the Instant pot off. Add the water to the Instant Pot and deglaze the bottom of the insert. This will ensure you do not get a burn notice while cooking.
    Next, place the trivet over the chicken. Add the cauliflower rice to an oven-safe bowl that fits inside your Instant Pot. Place the bowl of cauliflower rice on top of the trivet.
  • Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook for 1 minute using the "manual" or "pressure cook" button. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 5 minutes before doing a quick release and removing the lid.
  • Assemble your burrito bowls by placing chicken and cauliflower rice over a bed of spinach or leafy greens. Add your desired toppings and enjoy!

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Notes

Nutrition Panel is for the Burrito Chicken & Cauliflower Rice only.
All bowl toppings and spinach are additional as everyone will desire various salad ingredients and quantities.
Carbs: Protein:Fat
1 cup spinach = 0.4g : 0.9g : 0.1g
4 baby tomaotes = 1.3g : 0.3g : 0.1g
2 rings yellow bell pepper = 1.1g : 0.2g : 0g
1 tbsp chopped red onions = 0.9g : 1g : 0g
1/2 avocado = 1.2g : 1.3g : 10.5g
1 jalepeno pepper = 0.9g : 0.1g : 0.1g
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving (serves 4)Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 26gFat: 5gSodium: 480mgPotassium: 694mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 768IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

More keto Mexican recipes

If you love low-carb chicken burrito bowls, you’re going to love crispy cheese keto taco shells, keto steak fajitas, Mexican coleslaw with lime juice, and crack slaw which is also packed with low-carb vegetables and protein. They are all delicious easy recipes and adaptable to everyone’s taste so the whole family will love them.

And if you’re always confused about what to serve with chicken, there are 31+ delicious keto chicken side dishes for you.

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  1. Hi! Where did you get an Instant Pot in NZ? Any recommendations for brands here with a stainless steel insert? I had a Breville Fast Slow Cooker, but wasn’t super keen on the non-stick coating. Thanks!! 🙂