Chicken Over Rice Fajita Bowl

LAST UPDATED: Feb 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 06, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Learn how to create this light and easy chicken over rice fajita-inspired bowl! This flavorful, delicious dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes start to finish – who knew a chicken fajita bowl could be so good?

A white plate with a chicken fajita bowl topped with guacamole, fork and napkin to the side.

I love to make a light and healthy dinner that is both flavorful and easy. This chicken over rice fajita bowl is it! It’s so amazing and packed full of flavor that you’d never know that it’s light in calories and incredibly easy to make!

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there! 

A white plate with a chicken fajita bowl, fork and napkin to the side.

I recreated one of my favorite dishes from a local restaurant just around the corner from us. I’m always craving this fajita bowl and fortunately, it’s another restaurant inspired recipe that is simple and absolutely delicious.

Chicken over rice is a common entree served throughout a wide variety of cultures. There’s a good reason for that! Regardless of seasoning or style, this combination is fast, inexpensive, filling, and high protein! 

You can whip this recipe up in less than 30 minutes, start to finish. I like to make a large batch of our favorite Blackened Chicken to enjoy throughout the week in salads, solo, and of course in this Chicken Over Rice Fajita Bowl.

Close up of a chicken fajita bowl, crumbled cheese and guacamole on top.

It’s all the flavors of your favorite chicken fajitas, served in a fast and healthy bowl format. Coming in at just 675 calories per serving, you’re able to enjoy some incredible flavors in a lighter way… and that includes guacamole and cheese!

If you want to really make it fun and beautiful to serve, pop over and learn how to make these incredibly easy homemade taco salad bowls. I absolutely love Mexican-inspired flavors and you’ll never have to convince me to try new versions of my favorites! 

My easy beef tacos are a crowd favorite, along with walking tacos and delicious soft chicken tacos. I’ve even got an easily customizable taco seasoning blend that puts pre-packaged taco seasoning to shame! 

A white plate with a chicken fajita bowl topped with guacamole, fork and napkin to the side.

Chicken Over Rice Ingredients

  • Bell Peppers – Red, green and yellow for color and flavor.
  • Onion – Caramelized with the peppers for flavor and texture.
  • Blackened Chicken Seasoning – A blend of spices to blacken chicken to perfect.
  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Low in calories and packed full of protein.
  • Olive Oil – Good quality olive oil enhances the flavor, makes the peppers and onion tender.
  • Rice – The foundation for this fajita bowl. You can use your favorite – white rice, brown rice or even cauliflower rice!
  • Cotija Cheese – Sprinkled on to garnish and compliment the spicy blackened chicken.
  • Guacamole – The perfect protein packed garnish to add even more flavor to this delicious dish.

A bowl of chicken over rice, peppers layered in between.

How to Make a Fajita Bowl

  1. Caramelize – Sauté peppers and onion in olive oil until tender.
  2. Blacken – Preheat oven and heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Coat chicken breasts with melted butter or olive oil. Next, spread the blackened seasoning liberally on the chicken, coating both sides. Add the chicken breasts into the hot pan. To form the blackened crust, cook the chicken for 30 seconds per side.Butcher paper with three raw chicken breasts, a bowl of butter and blackened seasoning to the left.  Three raw chicken breasts covered in blackened seasoning, bowl of spices in foreground.  A cast iron pan with three blackened chicken breasts on the stove top.
  3. Now you’ll put the pan in the oven to finish cooking! This takes another 10 minutes, or until your chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.A cast iron pan with three blackened chicken breasts inside the oven.
  4. Allow to rest covered five minutes before slicing. A cast iron pan with three blackened chicken breasts.  close up shot of blackened chicken breast, sliced.
  5. Prepare Rice – Make according to package instructions, and add the rice to the base of your bowl.
  6. Assemble – Add rice to each bowl and top with peppers, onions and sliced chicken breast. Garnish with cotija cheese, guacamole and optional sour cream.

Close up of a bowl of chicken over rice, cheese crumbled on top.

Chicken Fajita Bowl Tips

  • Set up as a bar to allow guests or family to create their own combo with a variety of toppings.
  • If you love that citrus flavor addition, fresh squeezed lime juice over the top of your chicken fajita bowl! 
  • Add a dollop of this incredible crema de cilantro.
  • Add a little fiber with seasoned black beans. While beans aren’t a low carb/ keto addition, they do fit into many other diets and lifestyles.
  • Like things a little spicier? Add more chili powder to your blackened seasoning or spice it up with jalapeños on top.
  • Store refrigerated sealed in an airtight container up to three days – this makes an excellent lunch if you’re into weekly meal prepping!

A bowl of chicken over rice, peppers layered in between.

More Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl Inspiration

There’s so many ways to customize your bowls! If you’re like me and you get bored with salads, this is a great way to create a light and easy dinner that you can customize to your tastes.

Consider the following additions to your chicken fajita bowls! 

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closeup of chicken over rice with fajita peppers

Mexican-Inspired Cocktail Flavors

Need a refreshing cocktail to pair with your chicken over rice fajita bowl? Try one of these delicious options! 

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Chicken Over Rice Fajita Bowls

Learn how to create this light and easy chicken over rice fajita-inspired bowl! This flavorful, delicious dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes start to finish.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 4
Calories: 675kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt thick flakes, if possible
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups rice cooked - white, brown or cauliflower
  • 2 whole peppers sliced, any color
  • 1 onion sliced, yellow or white

Toppings

  • 8 tablespoons cotija cheese crumbled
  • 8 tablespoons guacamole

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Slice and sauté peppers and onion in olive oil until tender.
  • Make rice according to package instructions, and add the rice to the base of your bowl.
  • Heat a skillet over high approximately 5 minutes.
  • Combine spices.
  • Brush olive oil onto chicken breasts and generously season with spices, patting them on.
  • Place chicken breasts in skillet 30 seconds to blacken then flip and blacken the other side 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to the oven 10 minutes + until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Transfer to covered serving dish and allow to rest five minutes and then slice.
  • Assemble - Add rice to each bowl and top with peppers, onions and sliced chicken breast. Garnish with cotija cheese, guacamole and optional sour cream.

Notes

  • Set up as a bar to allow guests or family to create their own combo with a variety of toppings.
  • If you love that citrus flavor addition, fresh squeezed lime juice over the top of your chicken fajita bowl! 
  • Add a little fiber with seasoned black beans. While beans aren't a low carb/ keto addition, they do fit into many other diets and lifestyles.
  • Like things a little spicier? Add more chili powder to your blackened seasoning or spice it up with jalapeños on top.
  • Store refrigerated sealed in an airtight container up to three days - this makes an excellent lunch if you're into weekly meal prepping!

Nutrition

Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1105mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2193IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 4mg
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