Chicken Wild Rice Bowl - tender seasoned chicken thighs with a delicious nutty wild rice blend, roasted carrot strands, salad with beets and feta.
Chicken Vegetable Wild Rice Bowl
Anyone else love bowls? and by that I don't mean just a pretty bowl you picked up from a home store. I mean a filling meal with lots of yummy components that are nutritious and healthy.
Bowls like this are a great way to use up some leftovers too, as there really is no right or wrong way to put everything together.
Build a Bowl
When I put together bowls like this Chicken Vegetable Wild Rice Bowl, I always kind of stick to the same kind of template. Which is the following
- Good source of protein - which can be lean meat, beans (legumes like chickpeas), tofu or eggs etc
- A whole grain (wild rice is perfect), but I also like quinoa, brown rice, couscous etc
- Good portion of salad or veggies
- Dairy (usually either with some cheese of my choice or a yoghurt dip) - but this is totally optional, and you of course will want to skip this if you are dairy free, or use a dairy free alternative.
The other thing to remember when building a bowl like this is flavour. Definitely add a good seasoning to your protein, like I have done with the chicken, otherwise your bowl will be a little bland.
I also cook my wholegrains in a little stock for some added flavour and then make your veggies or salad interesting, but add lots of different components. The roasted carrot strands with seasoning are a great example of this.
Can I use chicken breast?
I prefer chicken thighs for this bowl. I just prefer it as the meat is much more tender and absorbs more flavour.
But if you prefer to use chicken breast then that is perfectly fine too. I recommend slicing a chicken breast into cutlets so it's nice and thin and can really take on those flavours. Don't forget it will require slightly less cooking time too.
Can I use a different cheese?
With the herbs and seasoning I added to the chicken, I went for feta cheese as it compliments the flavours really well. But if you don't like feta, then by all means swap it out for a cheese you do like.
You can skip the cheese altogether if you prefer. But I recommend added another component like:
How to make Roasted Carrot Strands
For the carrot strands I use the thick julienne slicer on my mandolin slicer. Mandolin Slicers are great tools for making vegetables more interesting for cooking or using in a salad. I recommend one like this Mandoline Slicer with different blades on Amazon.
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However you don't need an fancy gadgets, a sharp knife will also do the trick. Just try and slice them a similar size to what I have done, otherwise they will take slightly longer to cook.
More Bowl Recipes
Looking for some more bowl recipes? Check out the follow:
- TACO BREAKFAST BOWL
- HEALTHY CHICKEN QUINOA BOWL
- OATMEAL SMOOTHIE BOWL
- CURRIED CHICKEN RICE SALAD BOWL
- PEARL BARLEY GREEK YOGHURT BREAKFAST BOWL
- CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BOWL
- PEANUT CHICKEN NOODLE SALAD BOWL
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