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Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls

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These quick and easy Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls are perfect for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep! Made in a skillet, with diced chicken breast, poblano peppers, corn, pico de gallo and cheese.

Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.
Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls

This healthy chicken taco rice bowl recipe takes boring chicken breast and makes it exciting with taco spices and veggies. They are served over brown rice instead of a tortillas. Great for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep. For more Mexican-inspired bowl recipes, try my Chipotle Chicken Bowls, Spicy Pork Brussels Bowls, Shrimp Fajita Bowls, and Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowls.

Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls with a fork.

These chicken taco and rice bowls are ready in under thirty minutes and are very family-friendly since they are so customizable. Set out all the toppings, and your family members can skip any they don’t like. Plus, these bowls are great for meal prep. You can cook the chicken, veggies, and rice ahead of time and then assemble the bowls and top with the pico de gallo, cheese, and sour cream at dinner time. You can also put the chicken and rice in a glass container and the toppings in another one and take it with you for an easy lunch.

How to Make Taco Seasoning from Scratch

I season the chicken with my homemade taco seasoning blend. Of course, you could buy it, but it’s super simple to make homemade taco seasoning with spices you probably already have. And making it yourself is less processed, and you can control the amount of sodium. All you have to do is mix all the spices below in a small bowl:

  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • kosher salt
  • chili powder
  • sweet paprika
  • dried oregano

How to Make Pico de Gallo from Scratch

Pico de gallo is a fresh tomato salsa that’s perfect on top of tacos, chips, and so much more. To make pico de gallo from scratch, combine chopped tomatoes, onion, and cilantro and season with lime juice and salt. You can also add some chopped jalapeno if you prefer it spicy.

Chicken Taco Bowl Tips and Variations:

  • Sub the chicken for steak or ground meat.
  • Swap the poblano pepper for bell pepper or jalapeño to make it spicy.
  • Add black beans for more protein and fiber.
  • Top your bowl with sliced avocado or guacamole.
  • Add some hot sauce or fresh jalapenos for some extra spice.
  • Switch out the brown rice for cauliflower rice for a low-carb bowl.
  • Use my Cilantro Lime Rice or my cauliflower rice version as the base instead of brown rice.

To Meal Prep: Divide chicken and rice into four meal-prep containers. Pack the pico de gallo and toppings in a separate container. Keep covered and refrigerate up to four days. To reheat, microwave in 30-second intervals until heated through.

Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.

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Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls

4.95 from 34 votes
These quick and easy Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls are perfect for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl


  • 1 1/4 pounds organic boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut 1/2 inch cubes from 3 small
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced plus more for garnish
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 roma tomato cored and diced
  • 1 lime halved
  • taco seasoning see below
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice heated (use cauliflower rice for low-carb)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar-jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup 2% sour cream or Greek yogurt optional

Taco seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano


  • Dice the chicken into small pieces. Combine taco seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.
  • To make the pico de gallo, set 3 tablespoons of the diced onion aside and place it in a bowl with tomato, cilantro, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
    pico de gallo
  • Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken and cook until it starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining onion, poblano pepper and taco seasoning to the skillet and cook until it softens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and corn. Cook 1 to 2 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Divide rice in 4 bowls, top with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo and optional sour cream.
    Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.

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Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 475 kcal, Carbohydrates: 52 g, Protein: 40.5 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 116 mg, Sodium: 407.5 mg, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 3.5 g



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58 comments on “Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls”

  1. Yummy 
    I did sub out rice use Trader Joe’s Mexican cauliflower mix so I made burritos with half  the recipe and was so delish… next batch I’m going to use black beans also… thanks Gina your a blessing 

  2. This was a winner for lunch prep this week. I love the idea of doing a poblano pepper, fresh flavor. I subbed bell pepper instead of onion just because I don’t like them. And I added black beans for some more protein. Great recipe that you can definitely make your own and heated up very well for lunch at work. 

  3. This was so delicious. My husband and I are both on Weight Watchers. This had enough flavor to satisfy us. I made it just as written.

  4. This recipe is a winner!  It’s a little time consuming, took me about an hour all together to chop/prep everything.  However, it was worth it, the result was delicious.  I’ve never made pico de gallo, but I will because it really adds flavor.  Also, I’d never tried poblano peppers, but they added to the flavor I believe too.  Thanks Gina for your recipes!

  5. Absolutely loved this recipe! It is not your typical taco bowl! I think the red onion and poblano in place of regular onion and bell pepper really elevated the flavors. I almost skipped making the pico (thinking I’d sub out with store bought stuff) but do NOT skip this step! It was fantastic and the flavors came together so beautifully. As suggested, we topped our bowls with a little shredded cheese and some plain Greek yogurt. This will definitely be repeated!

  6. Love this recipe!….skip the water otherwise you will be draining it and lose a lot of the seasoning flavor

  7. I made a few changes but utilized basic recipe except that instead of plain water I added 1/4 c of tequila and 1/4 c of water. . But I did not put the corn into the chicken mixture. I serve the bowl as follows: a layer of brown rice, the chicken, a layer of shredded lettuce in which I arranged black beans, corn and chopped red pepper. I topped the bowl with a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese, some sour cream, some spicy toasted pumpkin seeds I had on hand, and a bit of crushed tortilla chips. Served with lime wedges. Delicious