Qdoba Copycat Chicken Burrito Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published March 16, 2020
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Nothing says a filling lunch meal like a delightful wrap of chicken burrito. Our recipe for chicken burrito is just like how Qdoba makes them! It’s chock-full of fresh ingredients, succulent chicken, and traditional spices. You don’t have to wait in line for a hearty meal like this when you can make them at home!

We make the best copycat recipes from the Qdoba menu. So don’t forget to pair this tasteful chicken and rice burrito with our take on their queso dip. Queso is always free in Qdoba, but nothing tastes more fulfilling than making your own to pair with this Mexican chicken burrito.

Qdoba’s Chicken Burrito Meal Deal

Qdoba is well known for making one of the most tasteful burritos, competing with the likes of Taco Bell and Moe’s. And one of these is Their chicken burritos, which now comes in a meal deal with chips, salsa verde or roja, and dessert. The secret to their chicken burrito filling is a simple mix of grilled chicken, cheese, pico de gallo, rice, and beans. And if you go down to the store, you can even request for their free hand-smashed, made daily guacamole and queso. There is never a day when customers never enjoyed these fresh flavors.

But what sets the Qdoba Chicken Burrito apart from any other is how they make their chicken. Their grilled chicken burrito comes with a unique adobo marinade. Adobo mainly consists of vinegar, paprika, oregano, and garlic, for a tangy and savory flavor. The chicken is also grilled in-house to give you the freshest meal possible!

This tightly-packed wrap can also be made into a chicken burrito bowl, which is also found on the Qdoba menu. But regardless of ordering them in a bowl or wrap, you’re sure to get the finest chicken flavor. So stick around as we show you how to make chicken burrito that’s as good as Qdoba’s!

Beans, Chicken and Rice Burrito Like Qdoba’s

We have added our own twist to this dish, but trust us when we say this is the best chicken burrito recipe we have. We definitely still have the main components of chicken, beans, rice, cheese, and pico de gallo. But it’s how we chose to make some of these and how you can assemble it is what makes them extra special.

We made our own chicken burrito seasoning using red wine vinegar, tomato, and tasty spices. Each chicken bite should give you bursting flavors of tomatoes, tangy vinegar and spicy seasonings. It’s kind of like adobo, but with a twist of tomatoes for a different flavor. Then, instead of grilling, we’ve made it easy for you by simply frying the marinated chicken in olive oil. With flavors and a cooking method this easy, you’re off to a great start for the rest of the recipe.

Despite our many ingredients, don’t forget to make this Qdoba burrito your own! Our recipe comes with their famous lime cilantro rice, but feel free to switch it up with brown rice. Don’t like that generically canned beans taste to your wrap? You can simply not add them in or make a beans mix that you’ll love. There is no wrong or right rule to making this recipe your own, so enjoy mixing and matching to your liking.

Our burrito will give you a taste of Qdoba made at home. But feel free to change up or keep flavors to your liking for you to enjoy your dish. Serve these with a side of chips, salsa, and dessert for a real meal deal!

More Recipes Just Like This

Our easy chicken burrito recipe is packed with the best seasonings for flavor and color. You can meal prep these ahead of time so you never have to line up at the store for lunch again. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg for our wraps recipes, so don’t forget to check out others just like it!

For more burritos with tasty chicken fillings, try out our Chipotle Chicken Burrito. And for the best breakfast meal, our Chick-fil-A Chicken Breakfast Burrito is the way to go. Don’t forget to serve your burritos with some of the classic side-dishes like our Better-Than Taco Bell’s Famous Nachos! And if you’re up for something healthier, our Fresh Avocado and Cottage Cheese Salad will match brilliantly with burritos.

How To Make Qdoba Copycat Chicken Burrito

A rich and savory chicken and rice burrito that’s sure to satiate your burrito cravings! It’s filled with the right amount of spicy from the chicken and tangy from the cilantro rice.

Preparation Time: 2 mins
Marinade Time 2 hrs
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 12 mins
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For Chicken:

  • 2 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 cups Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce or tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water

For Burrito:

  • 2 cups white rice cooked
  • 1 tbsp lime juice or lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp red onion minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic peeled and minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 15 oz black beans (1 can), undrained
  • tsp ground coriander
  • tsp ground cumin
  • tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pkg large burrito size tortillas
  • 1 tbsp ground anchiote
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican cheese (1 package), shredded
  • Salsa, Sour Cream or Guacamole



  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the Italian dressing, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, and water in a bowl.

  2. Chop the chicken tenders into ½ to 1-inch pieces and place in the bowl of marinade.

  3. Toss the chicken to coat, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Marinade the chicken for at least 2 hours.


  1. In a separate bowl, combine the rice with the lime juice, sea salt, and cilantro.

  2. In a saucepan, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Pour in the can of beans, then add the coriander, cumin, and achiote. Continue sauteing then once cooked, set aside.

  3. In a frying pan, heat a little olive oil on high heat. Then, cook the chicken.

  4. Once the chicken is cooked, assemble your burrito mixture of rice and spices, cooked chicken, and shredded mexican cheese onto a large tortilla.

  5. Fold into a burrito, and serve with a side of chips and guacamole. Enjoy your Qdoba-inspired Chicken Burrito!

Recipe Notes

  • You can use whole wheat or flour tortilla to replicate the famous wrap at Qdoba’s.
  • For smaller, bite-sized pieces of chicken, try cutting your chicken tenders into cubes. Or, once cooked, try to shred them to get a taste of chicken after each bite.
  • You can also marinate your chicken ahead of time in case you ever need a quick burrito fix! Our easy marinade can last for up to 2 days in the fridge.

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  • Calcium: 317mg
  • Calories: 881kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 95g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Fat: 34g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 887mg
  • Protein: 45g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 1568mg
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Vitamin A: 723IU
  • Vitamin C: 3mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I use in place of the ground achiote?

The ground achiote is commonly used in many Mexican cuisines. It is there to add a yellowish color to your chicken burrito, but also provides you with peppery, earthy flavors with a touch of bitterness. They are commonly found in many groceries and supermarkets. But if you do not have achiote on hand, try using ½ teaspoon turmeric and ½ teaspoon sweet paprika to yield the same flavor and color.

How do I store my chicken burritos?

Wrap your burritos tightly with some foil. Then, place them in a freezer-safe container, like a Ziploc bag, and freeze them. These will last you for three to six months. You may also store these in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, given that they are properly sealed in an air-tight container.

How do I reheat chicken burritos?

To reheat frozen chicken burritos, remove them from the foil, place them on a microwave-safe plate, and microwave on defrost for 7 minutes on each side. This should give a rightly heated burrito. But for extra flavor, feel free to place the burrito on a medium heated skillet right after then cook on both sides until brown and crispy. Burritos from the fridge may also be reheated in the microwave like you would a frozen burrito. Sprinkle a bit of water on top to moisten the tortilla, then reheat for 1 minute on each side. Make sure to sprinkle some water when flipping the burrito for a more pliable tortilla.

What burrito seasoning works best for this recipe?

You can add in sour cream, guacamole, or salsa as suggested. These can easily be bought at any grocery or supermarket. If you wish, you can even make your own salsa or guacamole at home.



Lunches will be more fun with this amazing chicken burrito recipe that’s just like Qdoba’s! You’re never short on the best flavors, and will be full to the brim, especially when eaten with the right sides. Make plenty for a burrito party or make just enough to meal prep for the next few days.

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