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Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls (Low-Carb & Whole30)

These Chicken Burrito Bowls come together in just about 30 minutes, for a fast and easy weeknight dinner. Instead of using rice, I make these bowls with cauliflower “rice”, which is a low-carb alternative that is easy to prepare in the Instant Pot. No food processor necessary!

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What I love about these healthy chicken burrito bowls is that they are properly combined for better digestion and can be cooked all in one pot, at the same time. (Using the pot-in-pot cooking method.)

Normally, vegetables cook VERY fast in the Instant Pot– usually in just a 0-1 minute pressure cooking cycle– however, with more use I have learned that you can slow down their cooking time by placing them in a glass or ceramic bowl on top of a 2.5 inch trivet. (I bought this trivet set for my Instant Pot.)

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In this recipe, the chicken is cooked with salsa and seasonings in the bottom of the pot, while fresh cauliflower florets are placed in a bowl on top of the trivet.

In just about 20 minutes, both items are cooked to perfection. The chicken is easily shred-able, and the cauliflower is tender enough to be mashed into a rice-like texture– without being too mushy.

cauliflower rice with potato masher

When you top the cauliflower “rice” with the flavorful chicken and your favorite toppings, like lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado, you’ll have a Chipotle-style burrito bowl, but with more nutrients packed into every bite. (If you’re not following a Paleo or Whole30 diet, feel free to add shredded cheese or black beans to your bowls, too.)

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Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Cook Time
4 mins
Pressurize Time:
6 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls are made with low-carb cauliflower rice that is cooked in the same pot as the chicken. It's ready in 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner! Top them with your favorite taco or burrito toppings for a healthy pressure cooker meal.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, instant pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 167 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 head cauliflower , cut into florets (about 10 ounces)
Topping Ideas
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • green onions
  • shredded cheese
  • black beans
Instructions
  1. Pour the salsa into the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, plus salt and pepper over the top, but do not stir.

  2. Place a 2.5-inch trivet over the chicken, then put an oven-safe bowl that is 7-inches in diameter on top of that. (I use 4-cup porcelain salad bowls from West Elm or a round glass storage container.) Pour the cauliflower florets into the bowl.

  3. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot the move the steam release valve to Sealing. Select Manual or Pressure Cook (the button varies by model) to cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before moving the steam release valve to Venting. (The screen will read LO:10 when the pressure has released for 10 minutes.) When the floating valve drops, to signal that the pressure has been released, you can safely remove the lid.

  4. Use oven mitts to remove the bowl of cooked cauliflower and the trivet, then use tongs to transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board to rest for a few minutes. Use a potato masher to break up the cooked cauliflower into rice-like pieces. (You may want to pour the cauliflower into a larger bowl for easier mashing.) It doesn't have to be perfect-- this is a "rustic" style cauliflower rice. Season the rice to taste with a little salt and pepper.

  5. Use two forks to shred the chicken on the cutting board, then transfer it back to the salsa in the Instant Pot and give it a stir to coat well. To serve the bowls, place some of the cauliflower "rice" in a bowl, top with some of the shredded chicken and salsa mixture, and other toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and avocado.

  6. Leftovers can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. The leftover chicken makes a great salad topper, too!

Per Serving (excluding extra toppings): Calories: 167, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 26g

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Reader Feedback: Do you have a favorite low-carb meal? My family loves Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein, Chicken & Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Fried Rice, and my world-famous Cauliflower Pizza Crust! (Or try this Pizza Stir-Fry for an almost effortless alternative, with all the flavor!)

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Healthy Kitchen 101

My chicken cooked this way was so delicious! The thing I like most is we can mix it with many ingredients to have hearty and juicy dishes. Even I haven’t tried the cauliflower “rice” but I guess It must be tasty, going to give it a try next month.
– Natalie Ellis

Mindy Spaid

I am a little confused by the food combining in this recipe. I thought you recommended picking one from each category and add veggies, but in this recipe you have both avocado and chicken and recommend toppings like cheese and black beans. I see that’s just a recommendation and not everyone food combine, but should avocado and chicken be eaten together? I just want to make sure I understand correctly. 🙂 Recipe looks amazing!

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