Southwest Chicken Grain Bowl

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Gain bowls are a favorite of mine for meal prep. I like to mix my grains. It creates layers of flavor and different textures. My go-tos are quinoa and black rice (aka forbidden rice). Both are a good source of protein, loaded with antioxidants, and gluten free, making them anti-inflammatory friendly foods.

This grain bowl is incredibly easy to assemble and is really good hot or cold. The chili-lime dressing adds a nice kick of heat. If you want to cool it down a bit, I recommend adding a side of prepared guacamole.

For the chicken, I created a spice rub of chipotle chili, garlic, cumin, and oregano. It adds a ton of flavor to otherwise unexciting chicken breast.

One of my favorite tools in my kitchen is my juicer. A citrus reamer is great for juicing a single piece of fruit but when I have a large number of fruits to juice, like for lemon tart, I prefer a juicer. The one I use has a mesh to capture seeds and excess pulp too.

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Southwest Chicken Gain Bowl

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

For the Chicken

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil

For the Grain Bowl

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup Forbidden Rice cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 can Black Beans drained and rinced
  • 1 10oz bag Frozen Corn cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper diced
  • 3 Green Onions sliced

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and diced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

For the Chicken

  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Season both sides of the chicken breasts with the spice rub, liberally.
  • Warm the avocado oil over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until done. Set aside.

For the Dressing

  • Add the dressing ingredients to the bowl of a small food processor and process until smooth.

For the Grain Bowl

  • In large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Add the dressing and top with chicken.
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