Chicken Power Bowls Protein Packed Lunch Idea Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Base

  • 4 cups cooked grain (brown rice, quinoa, couscous, or your choice)
  • 4 cups baby spinach or mixed greens

Toppings (choose your favorites)

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (canned is fine, just rinse off)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • Other ideas: shredded carrots, bell pepper strips, sunflower seeds, red onion

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

1. Cook the chicken

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Pat chicken dry and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and optional spices.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on thickness) or until cooked through (internal temp of 165 degrees F). You can also grill or pan-fry the chicken.
  • Let cool slightly, then slice or dice.

2. Prepare the base

  • Divide the cooked grain of your choice and the greens between four bowls.

3. Assemble your bowls

  • Arrange the cooked chicken over the base in each bowl.
  • Choose your desired toppings and add them attractively to the bowls.

4. Make the dressing

  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or shake well in a sealed jar.

5. Serve

  • Drizzle your desired amount of dressing over each bowl and enjoy immediately!

Tips

Meal prep: Prepare the chicken, grains, and dressing in advance. Store individual components in separate containers and assemble the bowls right before serving.

Make it your own: Chicken power bowls are incredibly versatile. Switch out ingredients to suit your taste and what you have on hand.

Other dressing ideas

Tahini dressing: Tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, salt, pepper

Balsamic vinaigrette: Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey

Ranch or your favorite bottled dressing

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