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chicken Buddha Bowl

Chicken Buddha bowls are a vibrant and nutritious meal option, perfect for a balanced diet. These bowls typically feature a base of grains like quinoa or brown rice, topped with succulent grilled or roasted chicken. They are packed with an array of fresh and colorful vegetables, such as spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and avocado, offering a variety of textures and flavors. Often finished with a drizzle of tangy dressing or a dollop of hummus, Chicken Buddha bowls provide a satisfying combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Ideal for meal prep or a quick weeknight dinner, they are a delicious way to enjoy a wholesome and balanced meal.

Can I use any type of toppings?

Of course, the more the merrier! We do recommend if you wish to keep the calorie count down, reframe from additional toppings. 

Can I make this recipe without chicken?

Yes! You can substitute with shrimp, salmon, beef, lamb, or whatever. Or you do not have to substitute at all–just omit the first part of the ingredients and the instructions of this recipe. 

Psst! Try these dressings!

Best thing about budhha bowls is a there are no rules–you dress it how ever you want!

Chicken Buddha Bowl

Recipe by Custom Curves
Course: Dinner, LunchDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

A Nutritious and Flavorful Recipe: Vegetable Buddha Bowl Lunch with Chicken, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Mushrooms, Lettuce, and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • For Chicken
  • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth

  • Salt to taste

  • For the chickpeas
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt to taste

  • For Mushrooms
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (such as cremini or button), sliced

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For Bowl Assembly
  • 4 cups cups mixed lettuce leaves

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

  • Lemon wedges for serving

  • 1 whole avocado, sliced (optional)

Directions

  • Preparing the Chicken
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • Place the seasoned chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Once done, set aside to cool before slicing.
  • For Cooking the Quinoa
  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa, water or vegetable broth, and salt.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  • Roasting the chickpeas
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a bowl, toss the drained and rinsed chickpeas with olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt
  • Spread the seasoned chickpeas on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Stir occasionally for even browning
  • Sautéing the mushrooms:
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic and sliced mushrooms to the skillet.
  • Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and golden brown
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Assembling the Buddha bowl
  • Divide the mixed lettuce leaves between two bowls as a base
  • Arrange sliced chicken, cooked quinoa, roasted chickpeas, sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and any additional vegetables you desire on top of the lettuce. Add any additional topping such as sliced avocado, cabbage or raw broccoli
  • Drizzle your favorite dressing over the bowl or serve it on the side.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the bowl for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Toss the ingredients together just before eating to combine all the flavors.

In conclusion, Chicken Buddha bowls are a versatile and nutritious meal option that combines the best of both taste and health. With a harmonious blend of tender chicken, fresh vegetables, and wholesome grains, these bowls offer a balanced array of nutrients essential for a healthy diet. Their customizable nature allows for endless creativity, making them suitable for various dietary preferences and lifestyles. Whether enjoyed as a quick lunch or a hearty dinner, Chicken Buddha bowls provide a satisfying, delicious, and nutrient-packed dining experience that can easily become a staple in anyone’s meal repertoire.

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