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Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl

A Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl is a wholesome and flavorful dish that brings together protein-rich grilled chicken, nutritious quinoa, and a variety of fresh vegetables.

This satisfying meal-in-a-bowl offers a burst of flavors and textures. It can be used as part of a lactose free diet.

Key Takeaways

  • Appeals to: Health-conscious individuals, those seeking a balanced meal, fitness enthusiasts.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation time – 10 minutes; Cooking time – 20 minutes; Total time – 30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: High in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Low in saturated fats if prepared with lean chicken and minimal oil.

About this Recipe

This recipe is a perfect combination of lean protein, whole grains, and vegetables, making it a well-rounded and nutritious meal. It’s versatile, allowing customization with various toppings and dressings.

Equipment Required

  • Grill or grill pan
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients

For the Grilled Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Quinoa Bowl:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Grilled Chicken:

  1. Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
  3. Coat the chicken breasts with the marinade.
  4. Grill the chicken for approximately 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Quinoa Bowl:

  1. In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add rinsed quinoa and toast for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, sliced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, and red onion. Toss gently to mix.
  6. Divide the quinoa and vegetable mixture into bowls.
  7. Top each bowl with sliced grilled chicken.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.

Side Dishes

Serve this Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl with a side of mixed greens dressed with a light vinaigrette or a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Storage Options

Store any leftover components separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the components separately and assemble before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different vegetables like roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, or avocado. Replace quinoa with brown rice or cauliflower rice for variation.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a vegetarian option, substitute grilled chicken with tofu or chickpeas seasoned with your favorite spices. Customize toppings with different sauces or dressings for diverse flavors.

If following part of a lactose free diet, consider: Stir-Fried Tofu with Vegetables or a lactose free smoothie.

Conclusion

Crafting a Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl is a delightful way to enjoy a well-balanced meal packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients. Embrace the versatility of this recipe by experimenting with various ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Dive into this flavorful and nutritious bowl for a satisfying dining experience!