Cuban Chicken Bowl

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Last week I shared a day of eats, including a Cuban chicken bowl.  I received several requests for the recipe, so I thought I would share how I make it today.  The hubs and I got the idea from either Pinterest or a cookbook years ago (we couldn’t agree on where we saw it), and have been making our own variation ever since.  This is a great meal prep meal, as everything can be made in advance, and put together in minutes when you are ready.

Cuban Chicken Bowls

Serves 4


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs (whichever you prefer)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Jerk seasoning
  • 2 cups prepared brown rice (I use an instant variety from Costco to save time)
  • 1.5 cups black beans (canned is fine, or you can make your own in advance)
  • 1 plantain
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Mango salsa


Coat chicken in jerk seasoning and cook.  I cooked mine by coating in seasoning and cooking in the Instant Pot.  You can also grill, bake or pan fry, but may need to add a little oil depending on how you are cooking.  Once cooked, shred or dice, and set aside.

Cook rice and beans (if needed)

Peel and thinly slice plantain into medallions.  Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, cook plantains on each side for 1-3 minutes, until golden brown.  Move to a paper towel lined plate, salt, and pepper to taste.

Make mango salsa (you can also buy pre-made mango salsa).  It is super easy to make your own, this is how I make mine:  1 mango, 1/4 chopped cilantro, 1/4 bell pepper, juice of half a lemon, juice of half a lime.  Dice mango and bell pepper, combine all ingredients in a bowl.

To serve, heat chicken, beans, rice, and plantains (if needed).  Start with a layer of rice, then beans, then chicken and plantains.  Top with as much mango salsa as your heart desires.

Let me know if you give it a try.   What are some of your favorite meal prep dinners?  I always love trying out new recipes and would love to try out some of yours.

Hope you have a great day!



48 thoughts on “Cuban Chicken Bowl

  1. Yum! I can’t wait to try this. It sounds like such an easy meal which is what I love. Jerk seasoning and plantains are going to have to end up on my grocery list.

    Just an fyi, when I go to your site this post doesn’t show up but it’s in my WordPress reader. Probably because of the hosting switch but just wanted to give you the heads up about it.

  2. Looks delicious! I’m a WordPress follower and I still got an email. Maybe it is still switching over. This tech stuff is a bit over my head too!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you still got an email! Please let me know if you notice anything wonky. Hope you have a great day!

  3. This sounds really good! I don’t eat chicken but I bet it would be really delicious with tofu or just with the beans too. Thanks for sharing–always looking for new and easy recipes for my rotation!

    1. I think tofu would be great! I have left out the chicken and just added extra beans and plantains before and it is great that way as well.

  4. This looks amazing – I love your recipes. I have never used plantains before – but I did see them in the grocery store a while back. It’s not something I’m very familiar with, but those photos looks so delish and I love a bit of spice to things.

    1. Thanks Yvette! Plantains are super easy to prepare if you want to give them a try. I love them! Hope you have a nice evening!

  5. Delicious!!! Your recipes are always gorgeous and easy to do!! Thank you for sharing! Also, great tip to save time… instant rice! Bonus points!

  6. Thanks for sharing this & your mango salsa recipe! I’m definitely pinning this for later when I am done with the Whole 30. I miss black beans!

  7. Congrats on the new hosted site; that’s exciting! We also have burrito bowls on the menu for tonight or tomorrow (depending on when he avocado is finally ripe!). I love how you can prep ahead all the ingredients and then mix them right before the meal. I love also your inclusion of plantains and mango salsa – that sounds incredible! I’ll have to swing by the store and add that to the mix 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thanks!! Burrito bowls are the best! Those chicken bowls are definitely part of the regular rotation for us.

    1. Thanks Candy! It is easily adjustable if you have a big or little crowd, it is also a go to meal prep recipe for me.

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