Grain Bowls with Chicken and Vegetables

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This protein-packed chicken and roasted veggie grain bowl is drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing and bursting with flavor.

Grain Bowls with Chicken and Veggies - a healthy meal in a bowl

For the final installment of this week’s citrus-themed meal plan, I’m coming at you with something BIG! You might even say I saved the best for last.

Grain Bowls with Chicken and Veggies and Tahini Dressing - a healthy high-protein recipe

These nutrient-packed shredded chicken grain bowls are loaded high with all sorts of delicious ingredients, flavors and textures. For my base I used bulgur wheat but quinoa, freekeh, farro or even brown rice would work.

Chicken Grain Bowls with Avocado and Roasted Veggies - a healthy lunch recipe

Of course, grain bowl are all about the toppings so let’s get right to it. You’ll be using the last of the shredded chicken you batch-cooked earlier this week which can be served chilled or heated up. Next, we roast up some Brussels and butternut squash but feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Grain Bowls with Chicken, Veggies and Avocado - high protein dinner recipe

For a crunchy texture I’ve thrown in toasted almond slices which pair perfectly with the juicy Cara Cara oranges and creamy ripe avocado chunks. Last but not least, the whole bowl is drizzled with an intoxicatingly delicious tahini-soy vinaigrette. You might want to make a little extra dressing for salads and dippings veggies in all week long. Or eating with a spoon…that works too.

Your fork is waiting.

Grain Bowls with Chicken and Veggies - a healthy meal in a bowl

Grain Bowls with Chicken and Vegetables

This protein-packed chicken and roasted veggie grain bowl is drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing and bursting with flavor.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups cooked bulgur wheat (or quinoa for gluten free bowl)
  • 4 servings leftover Asian Citrus Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts (quartered)
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (or sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado (pitted and cubed)
  • 1 Cara Cara orange – segmented (or seedless orange of choice)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (toasted)

Creamy Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the quartered Brussels and cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper then spread in even layer on baking sheet. Roast until tender, 16-18 minutes.
  • Begin assembling grain bowls by placing 1/2 cup bulgur wheat in each bowl along with 1/2 cup of the shredded chicken, 1/2 cup roasted veggies and equal parts of the avocado cubes, orange segments and sliced almonds.
  • To make the Creamy Tahini Dressing whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Add a little more warm water if needed. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Drizzle dressing on grain bowls to serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 31.3gFat: 15.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1433mgFiber: 11.1gSugar: 7.8g
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16 responses to “Grain Bowls with Chicken and Vegetables”

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot Avatar
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    yum ive been obsessed with tahini recently….cant wait to try this dressing!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I hope you love it!!

  2. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    I really need to not be allergic to tahini b/c this grain bowl looks out of this world! Plus I love the addition of bright fresh citrus….yum!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh man allergic to tahini!?!?! Omg. That means no hummus? I’m so sorry.

  3. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen Avatar
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    Grain bowls are THE best! Loving this tahini dressing with the citrus, bet that’s a great pairing.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You would love this bowl girl. And that tahini dressing is the bomb!

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl Avatar
    Lori @ RecipeGirl

    I’m loving that tahini dressing with the citrus and chicken! So healthy and delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was so good Lori – super fresh and flavorful!

  5. Monica Avatar
    Monica

    We just finished having a somewhat variation of this since I used what I had in the fridge. Make the Asian inspired turkey thighs in the crockpot as per above, so good and lots of leftovers for during the week and the freezer. My bowl consisted of the turkey, brown rice, roasted yams and broccoli, shredded carrots and purple cabbage and avocado. Of course topped with this amazing tahini sauce of yours. What a hit Liz!! Thank you for your dedication and great ideas. I will keep an eye for the Cara Cara(dear dear in Italian) ..????????

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh your bowl sounds amazing!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words – I’m so glad you were pleased!! Let me know what other recipes you try!!

  6. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking Avatar
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    These are GORGEOUS and I’ve been looking for a great tahini dressing recipe! Also, I LOVE Sunkist!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know if you try it – I think you’ll love it!!

  7. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    Oh my gosh this is heaven in a bowl!!! I’m embarrassed to admit I still haven’t made tahini dressing or sauce like I promised last year. There is something wrong with me!! This looks incredible.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Omg you should make it!!! I also love tahini + mayo for dipping sweet potato fries. SO good!!!!

  8. Lynne | 365 Days of Baking and More Avatar
    Lynne | 365 Days of Baking and More

    Liz, this looks fantastic – the colors are incredible, so I know it must taste delicious! You’ve got me wanting this for breakfast.
    I’ve never heard of Cara Cara oranges, but you can bet I’ll be searching for them now. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      They are really my favorite right now – I hope you can find Cara Caras!!