Here is an absolutely delicious dish to add to your dinner rotation, Santa Fe Chicken Bowl!
Inspired by the Chili’s Bar and Grill Santa Fe Chicken Salad, this chicken bowl is packed with flavor and delightful ingredients. At Chili’s, their salad is filled with spicy grilled chicken, pico, avocado, cilantro, tortilla strips, house-made ranch & a drizzle of spicy Santa Fe sauce. Here, I have changed some things around and created my own rendition but it’s more of a “bowl” than a “salad.” I found that making 2 separate sauces for the salad was a little too much labor in the kitchen and it was not necessary. The Santa Fe sauce is delightful, creamy, and all you really need to make this lovely dinner!
The bowls are bellowing with spiced grilled chicken, steamed brown rice, black beans, tortilla chips, lettuce, tomato, onion, and of course– topped off with the oh-so-wonderful Santa Fe sauce.
Santa Fe Chicken Bowl
For the Chicken:
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cumin
- 2 cloves garlic minced
For the Santa Fe Sauce:
- ¼ cup homemade mayo
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup drained and roughly chopped roasted red bell pepper (from a jar)
- ¼ cup sliced jalapeño from a jar (drained) *like the sliced jalapeños that you would put on top of nachos
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper *for less spicy, use 1/4 tsp
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp lime juice
For the Bowl:
- 2 cups chopped romaine
- 1 15- oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
- ¼ red onion thinly sliced
- ½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 cup crumbled tortilla chips
- 2 cups steamed rice
- 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
Marinate the Chicken:
- In a baking dish or large bowl, add the chicken, avocado oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, cumin and garlic. Carefully toss until the chicken is well coated and set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes or you can marinate in the fridge overnight.
Make the Santa Fe Sauce:
- Using an immersion blender or high-powered blender, add the mayo, sour cream, roasted red pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cayenne, chili powder, onion powder and lime juice then blend to combine. Set aside.
Cook the Chicken:
- After the chicken has marinated, heat a grill, grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, place chicken on the grill, cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until nice grill marks form. Flip, cover and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and a nice, golden brown grill marks have formed. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Prepare the Bowl:
- In a large bowl, add the romaine, black beans, tomato, onion and monterey jack cheese and toss to combine. Add the tortilla chips and the avocado and give it one last gentle toss to combine.
- Divide the brown rice and romaine mixture amongst 4 serving bowls. Top with the chicken and a drizzle of the Santa Fe Sauce. Serve with additional side of the sauce.