Dec 17, 2010

Mexican Chicken Bowl with Rice, Beans, and Queso FrescoRecipe from Weber's On the Grill™: Chicken & Sides by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

2 Reviews

Serves: 4 to 6 // Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 20 minutes for the rice | Grilling time: 8 to 12 minutes

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • .25 oz fresh cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 4 limes
  • 1 red onions
  • 2 tomatoes

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 6 oz

Oil and Spices

  • 1 tbsp ancho chile powder
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • .25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt


  • 4 oz crumbled queso fresco


  • 2 canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1.5 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1.5 pints low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cans pinto beans (each 15 oz)
  • 1 bag tortilla chips (each 12 oz)



  • 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
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 6 ounces


  • 1½ cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 medium Hass avocados, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into ½-inch dice
  • ½ 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 ½-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.

2 Reviews

Average Rating

Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Jun 8, 2013

Don O

meat & potatoes kind of guy

This is not typically my kind of dinner. I love Weber's recipes for meat but I do not usually cook anything with fruit or veggies. My daughter picked this recipe, so I tried it. I hate to say that it is now added to one of my favorites. A little less avocado but everything else was great. I will gladly make it again!

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 15, 2014

Scott H

Just like Chipotle!

Found this recipe after visiting a Chipotle and wanting to recreate their food at home. We use Extra Large Tortillas instead of the bowl and make guacamole instead of the avacado chunks. We also make 2 batches of the marinade and cook up steak and chicken for this recipe. I've shared this recipe with a bunch of friends.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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