Chicken and Bean Burritos

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 56 min
  • serves 4

With poached chicken, this burrito significantly lowers calories, and you can take it further with reduced fat cheese. Only 448 calories each burrito!

22 Ratings
Directions for: Chicken and Bean Burritos


1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained, if frozen

1 15 ½ oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp minced fresh jalapeno, optional

¼ tsp salt

⅒ tsp cayenne pepper

1 lb(s) bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts

3 medium tomatoes, 2 quartered, 1 diced

1 white onion, quartered

3 garlic cloves

3 peppercorns

1 carrot

2 tsp vegetable oil

4 large flour tortillas

½ cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese

2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce


1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add beans, cilantro, lime, jalapeno, salt, and cayenne, and stir until well mixed; set aside.

2. Put the chicken in a large saucepan and add 1 garlic clove, 1 carrot, 1 bay leaf, 3 pepper corns and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly in the broth. Remove the chicken from the broth, and remove the skin and bones. Shred the chicken into small pieces, and return the meat to the broth.

3. Put the quartered tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato mixture and cook, stirring until thickened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shredded chicken to the tomato mixture. Stir until well mixed.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Warm the tortillas, one at a time, until pliable, about 1 minute. Divide the cheese, lettuce, diced tomato, bean mixture, and chicken with its sauce among the tortillas, spreading the ingredients in a line down the center. Fold in the top and bottom, then roll in the sides. Serve immediately.

See more: Mexican, Dinner, Lunch, Chicken, North American, Healthy, Low-Fat


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