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Chicken Power Bowls

New to meal prep? Looking for a quick recipe that makes the whole family happy? Look no further! These Chicken Power Bowls are completely customizable and are ready in no time. Choose your favorite ingredients or make them a little different each time. This is a great way to add more whole grains, lean proteins and veggies into your diet!


The base recipe is a Thai style Chicken Power bowl, but scroll down to see some more options. I have included ingredient ideas for a Spanish style bowl, and a Mediterranean style bowl as well.





Makes 4 servings


Ingredients:

Base:

  • 4 cups brown rice & quinoa blend, cooked


Chicken:

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 pound (454g) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil


Toppings:

  • 1 cup cup soy beans, shelled

  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage

  • 2 avocados, sliced

  • 1 cup carrots, shredded

  • 1 red bell pepper sliced

  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)

  • 1/2 cup peanuts, diced

  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro


Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek, optional


Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together chicken stock, garlic, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Once ingredients are mixed well, add in chopped chicken breast. Let marinade for a few minutes (or prepare the day before and cook when you are ready to do your meal prepping).


2.Prepare all of the ingredients for toppings- this includes, washing, chopping or cooking anything that your adding. Having this done before you start to assemble will save you lots of time!


3. In a large pan, warm on medium heat add and add in olive oil. Pour chicken and marinade into pan and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until chicken has reached the internal temperature of 165F degrees. Take off the heat. Let cool before adding to your bowls.


4. While chicken is cooking, make the peanut sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, 2 tablespoons lime juice, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and Sambal.


5. Now it's time to prepare your power bowls. Place 1 cup of rice & quinoa mixture at the bottom of 4 bowls. Top with chicken, soy beans, cabbage, avocados, carrots, and red onions, divided evenly between bowls. Sprinkle peanuts, sesame seeds, and cilantro on each bowl. Drizzle peanut sauce on top. Enjoy!



OTHER RECIPE OPTIONS & RECIPE NOTES:


Mediterranean Style Toppings:

  • Hummus

  • Olives, pitted (any variety)

  • Roasted Peppers

  • Diced Tomatoes, or Roasted Tomatoes

  • Figs

  • Feta Cheese

  • Fresh herbs, chopped (mint, basil, dill, or parsley)

  • Nuts

  • Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Yogurt


Spanish Style Toppings:

  • Roasted Garlic

  • Fried Egg

  • Olives

  • Roasted Peppers

  • Capers

  • White Beans

  • Monchego Cheese

  • Olive Oil


Grains:

The type of grain used in this dish is completely up to you. Make sure you choose a whole grain. The "power" of this dish is that it is loaded with both protein and fiber - it will keep you full for a long time.


Example of grains that will work well in this recipe:

  • Brown Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Farro

  • Barley

  • Millet

  • Bulgur


Proteins:

You can also use different proteins. Lean proteins will make for a healthier Power Bowl.


Example of other proteins:

  • Rotisserie Chicken

  • Turkey Breast

  • Turkey Kilbasa

  • Salmon

  • Shrimp

  • Ground Meat (beef, chicken, turkey or pork - make sure to season!)

  • Tofu

  • Pork Tenderloin


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