Chicken & Veggie Grain Bowl

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen

Chicken & Veggie Grain Bowl

Yield 4 servings

Healthy and hearty, this speedy recipe makes a terrific lunch or light supper. If you’re in a pinch, substitute Salad Girl Chile Limon Organic Vinaigrette for the dressing.

Ingredients

Chickpeas

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

Vinaigrette 

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

The Bowls

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, farro, barley, or brown rice
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/8 inch strips 
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, sliced
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • ¼ cup diced red onion 

Instructions

For the chickpeas: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium and cook chickpeas, cumin, and cayenne, shaking to coat, until heated through. Increase heat to medium-high and continue cooking until the chickpeas are golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and season immediately with salt and pepper.

For the vinaigrette: In a food processor, pulse together the parsley, mint, and lemon juice then slowly add the oil and the honey. Season with the red pepper, salt, and black pepper, to taste.

To assemble the bowls: In a large bowl, toss quinoa with enough dressing to lightly coat and divide among individual bowls. In the same bowl, toss the chicken with a little dressing, the red pepper, and the avocados, and arrange over the quinoa. Top with chickpeas and chopped onions. Serve any remaining dressing on the side.