Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowl is a quick and easy dinner recipe the whole family loves. A bright cilantro lime rice with flavorful Tex-Mex chicken, beans and lots of gooey cheese!

When we’re short on time and ingredients, this is a go-to meal at our house, and yes, you can totally swap any meats, beans or add-ins that you’d like! 

 

A photo of a silver bowl full of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans topped with sour cream, sliced olives, grated colby jack cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime.

 

I’m finding that the older my kids get the more I desperately need quick and easy dinner ideas as we pretty much live a life of errands lately. It’s soccer, piano, clothes shopping because heaven forbid anyone stay the same size for more than a month and on and on. Anyone feel me?

Cooking with an Instant Pot

Alright, cooking with an instant pot. How many of you were terrified of using your Instant Pot for the first time? I know people who have had their Instant Pot for months and have yet to open it. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little nervous at first too. But now I totally love it! It saves us weekly when we need dinner in a time crunch.

Have you seen our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet? Print that baby off and it will save loads of time for cooking all the basics.

Cooking with the Instant Pot is simple, quick and straight forward.

 

Saute Mode on the Instant Pot

Using the saute mode on the instant pot is a must if there are ingredients that need to be cooked first. Cook those ingredients, and then add the rest of the ingredients that you need before the pressure cooking begins.

Follow the recipe instructions for cook time and pressure setting, and you can really set it and forget it. When your dish has finished cooking, allow the pressure to release (either naturally or with a quick release or both, again follow your recipe). You are done! That’s it! Dinner is served!

What’s the Difference Between Natural Release and Quick Release

What does it mean to do a natural release or quick release when cooking with the instant pot? You either leave it alone until the pressure is done and then open the lid or you carefully (some people use tongs) move the valve to release the pressure quickly. This will cause a lot of steam to billow out so watch out!

 

A photo of a silver bowl full of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans topped with sour cream, sliced olives, grated colby jack cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime.

 

Which Instant Pot is Best for Me?

Which instant pot is best for me if I’ve got a few kids, or it’s just the two of us?

We get a lot of questions about which Instant Pot is best. We aren’t really much help here. The 6qt Instant Pot DUO is what we have, and it is perfect for our family of five. If you have a bigger family, you might want to go with the 8qt. If you are an empty nester, then the mini will probably be plenty big.

There are other brands of course, and you want to buy something that is within your budget. My suggestion is to do your research and make a purchase that best fits the needs of your family situation. I told you we aren’t much help!

 

A photo of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans in an Instant Pot topped with melted colby jack cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, chunks of avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, and slices of lime.

 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • Step 1: Chicken

Ok, back to this dish! Start by seasoning your chicken (onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder) and then cook it in a little olive oil in your Instant Pot in “saute mode”. You won’t need to cook it long, just enough to get a little sear on the outside, about 3 minutes.

  • Step 2: Everything Else

Add the rice and garlic and stir it with the chicken for about 20-30 seconds. Then you add the rest of the ingredients (broth, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and pinto beans) and change your Instant Pot to “high pressure”. Give everything a good stir and place the lid on the Instant Pot. Set the valve to “seal” and cook for 7 minutes.

 

A closeup photo of a silver bowl full of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans topped with sour cream, sliced olives, grated colby jack cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime.

 

  • Step 3: Pressure Release

This is where the pressure release comes in…don’t get scared! You got this! Allow a natural release for 2 minutes, and then you can quick release. Be sure to steer clear of the valve so you don’t a burn from the steam.

  • Step 4: Toppings

Remove the lid and give everything a good stir. Top with the shredded cheese and put the lid back on for a minute or two so the cheese melts. Then you can dish everyone up, apply desired toppings and grub!

It is really that easy and that fast! I have found that while everything is cooking for those 7 minutes, I have plenty of time to grate the cheese and prep all the other toppings.  I’m really not joking when I say you can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes! Holla!!

If you have the time, make this creamy tomatillo dressing to put on top. You’ll thank me later! It can even be made a day or two ahead of time!

 

A photo of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans in an Instant Pot topped with melted colby jack cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, chunks of avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, and slices of lime.

 

Crowd Pleaser

Finding a meal that is this quick and easy and loved by everyone is a rarity so it appears on the dinner table frequently. What is it about kids and Mexican food? They love it! Is it the abundance of cheese? That must be it! I totally get it! Cheese is glorious and everything in this dish is downright delish! We hope it will be a hit in your family too!

Versatile Meal

I mentioned at the beginning that the meat can be swapped out for whatever you have in the fridge/freezer and the toppings are totally up to you. I’ve done this same recipe with ground beef, steak and pork and it has always turned out amazing. I have also changed the pinto beans to black beans…yes please! Do what your family will love!

 

A photo of a silver bowl full of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans topped with sour cream, sliced olives, grated colby jack cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime.

 

Entire Meal in a Bowl

Usually when I make this dish, it is all we have for dinner. You have your grains, protein, dairy and all sorts of veggies all in one bowl. There isn’t really a need for anything else. If I’m feeling especially nice, I’ll cut up some strawberries or a pineapple, but it’s not really necessary. And can I mention that we are totally looking out for you here by eliminating the tortilla in this burrito…we cut the carbs for you! You’re welcome!

Can this Dish be Made in the Crock Pot?

Yes, absolutely! Combine all the ingredients except the cheese in the crock pot and give it a good stir. Then cook it on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. When it is completely cooked, add the cheese and then put the lid back on for about 20 minutes so the cheese melts. Then you can dish it up and add all your favorite toppings.

 

So if you’re living the taxi life like I am, then add this to your dinner rotation! We usually have all the ingredients on hand, so it is the perfect go-to meal when life is crazy! And it’s always crazy!!

 

 

Instant Pot Dinner RECIPES

 

Yield: 4-6

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowl
A cilantro lime rice, flavorful Mexican chicken and delicious toppings for a quick and easy dinner!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Bowls

  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 2 1/4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 ounce Diced Green Chiles
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • Zest of a Lime
  • Juice of a Lime
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans, Drained
  • 1 Cup Colby Jack Cheese, Shredded

Toppings

  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chopped Avocados
  • Jalapeno, sliced
  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Heat an instant pot to the saute high mode. Add the oil.
  2. Mix all of the seasonings together and toss with the chopped chicken until well coated.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and garlic and stir for 20-30 seconds. Add the broth, chiles, cilantro, lime zest and juice. Stir and add the beans, stirring again.
  5. Add the lid and set the valve to "seal". Turn the pot to high pressure for 7 minutes.
  6. Allow a natural release for 2 minutes then quick release.
  7. Stir the rice well and top with cheese. Add the lid back on for a minute to melt the cheese.
  8. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 353 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 60mg Sodium: 960mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 4g Protein: 25g
A photo of a silver bowl full of cilantro lime chicken and rice with pinto beans topped with sour cream, sliced olives, grated colby jack cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime.

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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11 comments on “Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito Bowl”

  1. This looks amazing and I’m always short on time. Did you use minute rice for this? Thanks!

  2. Oh my goodness!! This recipe is THE BOMB!! My husband and picky 16-year-old daughter DEVOURED this!! It was so very tasty, quick and easy!! I know I’m using a lot of explanation points but it was so delicious. I don’t think I’ll need to go to any burrito bowl place after trying this recipe, seriously. It was that good.

    This is the second recipe of yours that I have tried and it’s a second home run recipe as well. Y’all need to write a cookbook, I am not kidding. I will definitely be keeping this recipe on file and will be making it again.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a wonderful blog with great recipes!! I’m off now to look and see what other recipes I’ll be trying in the future.

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  4. Is there a way make this with brown rice?

  5. This is very really unique helpful information. keep it up. Thank you so much!

  6. really nice bowl, thank you and the ingredient mix and flavors here are enough to be able to skip the actual burrito, good but not really good for me!