Chipotle Chicken Bowls- Low Fat, THM E

Chipotle Chicken Bowls, Low Fat, THM E

This flavorful dish of Chipotle Chicken Bowls is sure to spice up your metabolism, nourish your adrenals, and light up a week night. It can be done in just 30-40 minutes flat with your Instant Pot. The cilantro, chipotle, and cinnamon deliver a powerful punch that’s strangely addicting.

It’s a hard dish to describe all the flavor combos happening here. While chowing down on it, I kept telling my husband, “It’s kinda like a Morrocan style dish.” Another bite goes by, “No, it’s more like Latin American…” Who knows, lol?! But, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

This dish will even fill you up without filling you out! It’s full of flavor without much fat, and the unique ingredients will rev your metabolism and can level out your blood sugars.

If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama (THM), this dish will get you lots of yummy, healthy carbs with fantastic flavor without all the fat. That makes it a great E meal! Looking for more easy E meals? Here’s over 20 of my favorites!

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Bottom line, it’s good. And it’s also super good for you!

Healthy Goodies Packed into Chipotle Chicken Bowls

Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be helpful in balancing blood sugars and blunting the glycemic response of foods. It also adds a mysterious sweetness to this smoky, spicy dish.

Complex Carbs

Complex carbohydrates, like the black beans and brown rice in this dish, provide your body with slow-burning fuel. This is much kinder to your blood sugar than simple carbs, and they can provide sustained levels of energy while filling you up. Eating an adequate amount of complex carbs are essential to many bodily processes, including proper function of your thyroid and adrenal glands.

Both the thyroid and the adrenals can play a crucial role in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, so I’m a huge fan of foods that support their health and wellness!

Protein Galore!

You’ll get plenty of protein from this dish with the chicken breasts. You’ll also get a complete protein source (not missing any essential amino acids) from the rice and beans if you want to try this dish vegetarian style.

Chipotle Pepper

The chipotle chili pepper is the star of the show, and it can play a starring role in weight loss, too, thanks to its high capsaicin content. Capsaicin encourages the body to use up stored fat for energy, which ups your thermogenic burn and helps you burn fat for fuel.

Cilantro

Even the humble cilantro in this dish brings flavor and cholesterol fighting-properties to this meal. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and can help your body to naturally and gently detox from heavy metals.

All these health benefits can be yours with this easy, one pot meal!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

The other amazing part about this dinner? You make it in the Instant Pot.

I am falling more and more in love with my Instant Pot every day, especially since Little Princess #2 arrived 2 weeks ago!

The Instant Pot gives you all the succulence of the crockpot in a fraction of the time, which is exactly what I need these days. Caring for a busy toddler and a newborn who needs to eat every two hours (and supplement and momma has to pump) takes up a good deal of time.

With the Instant Pot, the meat doesn’t even have to be defrosted… which is awesome for this tired mommy who doesn’t even think about dinner until 4 or 5 pm! Want more tools to help you save time and money while still losing weight? Here’s my 10 favorite gadgets that help me stick to THM!

Warm up on a cold night with this spicy chicken chipotle bowl!

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowls- Low Fat, THM E

These spicy, exotic chicken, brown rice, and black bean bowls will warm you up in a hurry, help you burn fat, and cook in a flash in the Instant Pot!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 large frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper, use up to 1 tsp if you like spicy food
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, ripped into small pieces
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients in the order listed above to the Instant Pot. Do your best not to let much rice fall to the bottom of the pot to keep it from scorching. 

  2. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally (about 10-20 minutes). Shred chicken, stir, and enjoy!

  3. Remove cinnamon stick before eating.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to top with fat free Greek yogurt, cilantro, or diced green onions to keep it in low fat (THM E) mode. Add the extra chipotle pepper if you love spice in your dish!

If you or your littles need a crossover, consider adding some avocado slices or cheddar cheese on top- yum!

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowls, Low Fat, THM E

What are your favorite Instant Pot recipes? I’m always looking for more! 🙂

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4 Comments

    • Hi, Ivonne! Sure! You should be able to use fresh chicken, but I would also add an extra 1/3 cup of water to make sure that the rice has enough liquid to cook in. The frozen chicken adds some extra water to the mix as it defrosts and cooks. Let me know how it turns out!

  • I’m so new to the Instapot! Do I keep the valve sealed while cooking this recipe and slow release after?

    So- congratulations on your newest baby!

    • Hi, Britney! Thanks so much for the congrats on the new baby– she’s a sweetie! 🙂 And welcome to Instant-Potting! Hope that you love it! Yes, please keep the valve sealed while cooking, and then I turn off the Instant Pot and just let the valve release naturally. Natural release (you don’t have to touch it at all; it’ll just go down on its own) usually takes about 8-10 minutes. I’ve found that this extra time helps the rice to cook fully and fluff up a bit. Hope that you like it! 🙂

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