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Jalapeno Popper Chicken Burrito Bowls

One pan and 30 minutes is all you need to make these very flavorful Jalapeno Popper Chicken Burrito Bowls! You'll love the dairy-free decadent jalapeno "cheese" sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 490 kcal
Author Amy Rains


  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 5 slices thick bacon
  • 1.5 lbs raw chicken breast, cut into bit sized pieces
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the Cashew Sauce:

  • 1 cup raw cashews*
  • 2/3 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno diced and seeds removed
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp buffalo hot sauce

For the bowls:

  • 4-5 cups cauliflower rice**
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, diced


  1. Heat up a large skillet to medium heat. Once hot, coat the pan with oil or cooking spray and add bacon. Cook the bacon for 3-5 minutes per side (cooked to your liking), and set aside. Reserve one tablespoon of the bacon fat in the pan and keep the pan hot.

  2. Add the chicken to the pan. Let cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. If you want to saute your cauliflower rice, feel free to add it when you have a few minutes left of cooking the chicken.

  3. Meanwhile, in a blender, blend cashews, water, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt, jalapeño, cilantro, and hot sauce. Continue to blend for several minutes, or until mixture is smooth and creamy. You may need to pause several times and scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula.

  4. Reduce the heat on the skillet to low. Add the cashew sauce to the chicken mixture and stir frequently for 3-5 minutes so the cashew sauce doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Once cashew sauce is hot, prepare to serve.

  5. Assemble the burrito bowls. Begin with cauliflower rice, top with chicken and sauce, then bacon. Now add in any extra toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, and avocado. Salt to taste and serve.

Recipe Notes

*The raw cashews should be soaked in hot water for at least 15 minutes, or overnight. 

**For the riced cauliflower, use one large head of cauliflower rice cut into florets. Place inside a food processor or blender and pulse until rice forms. Do not over pulse or it will become mush! Alternatively you can buy already riced cauliflower, 16 oz is sufficient for this recipe

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Burrito Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 490 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 563mg24%
Potassium 1195mg34%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 61.7mg75%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.