Chicken quinoa bowls have staked their healthy claim on quick and easy meal-prep dinners that are flexible enough to mix and match ingredients for take-to-work lunches that never get boring, too.
Healthy Chicken Quinoa Bowl
This quinoa bowl combines what seems to be my ever-lasting, default flavor combo, inspired by Mediterranean flavors ala Donny and Marie: it’s a little bit Italian, and a little bit Greek goddessness. And it all tastes good to me.
Over the years I’ve found myself adopting more and more recipes inspired by the Mediterranean diet to my weekly eating plan. I eat more anitoxidant-rich vegetables and fruits (avocado all day!), healthy legumes and whole grains, and loads of fresh herbs. I don’t eat a whole lot of red meat, but chicken, turkey, and EFA-loaded fish like salmon are my friends and olive oil tinged with lemon is one of my favorite flavorings.
And wine. Yes, wine is heart-healthy too.
I’ve known about the heart-healthy benefits of the Mediterranean style of eating ever since my days designing health and wellness magazines, way back when you had to shop for quinoa in specialty health food stores and when my editors made sure I didn’t sound alike a complete goof when I said “kwin-O-aaa” instead of “KEEEN-wa.” Bless their hearts, they were always looking out for me.
What’s in These Chicken Quinoa Bowls?
Simple is the name of the game when making these Mediterranean bowls. I’ve popped instructions below on how to meal prep this quinoa dinner recipe, should you find that kind of information handy.
Here’s what all you’ll need to make quinoa bowls:
- Chicken breast
- Olive oil
- Dried oregano
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Roasted Broccoli and Feta
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Cooked quinoa
How to Meal Prep Quinoa Bowls
This chicken and quinoa recipe is a super easy one to pull off any night of the week, and is a favorite of mine for quick dinners because I can literally toss a few leftovers together and dinner (or lunch) is served.
It starts with meal prepped (or leftover) easy broccoli with feta cheese. I usually serve this as a side to my chicken and turkey recipes or salmon recipes because it comes together fast and is easily doubled for eating later.
Another meal-prepped ingredient that I can serve as a side are my super easy roasted tomatoes. I make them into caprese toasts, blend them to into soup (just toss them all in the blender and add a little milk or cream if you like), add to frittatas, toss into salads, or use as my FAVORITE tomato sauce for pasta or grains. I’ll usually make a batch then store them in a quart jar and drizzle with extra olive oil then store in the fridge until the time is right to add to something spectacular, and spectacularly easy.
The chicken is based on this grilled lemon chicken skewer recipe, but here I’m making it in the fry pan. It’s first cut into chunks then given a quick garlic, olive oil and lemon marinade for it’s simple Mediterranean flavor spin. I cook it in the sauté pan then toss the tomatoes and broccoli in for a quick warm up.
How to Cook Quinoa
Conventional teachings instruct the home cook to prepare quinoa the same as rice, in portions set to a formulaic ratio that’s brought to a boil, then covered and simmered until done. Personally, I rarely find success cooking it that way and end up adding more water as it cooks, and more water, sometimes ending in a gummy mess.
Instead, I follow the idea of cooking quinoa just like pasta, in a pot of salt-seasoned water at a rolling boil, checking for doneness and those little quinoa finally emerge and the quinoa is a tender bite. Then, simply use a fine mesh strainer to drain. If serving warm, fluff with a fork and cover the pot with a dish towel and top with a lid to absorb some of the excess moisture as it keeps warm. If eating the quinoa at room temperature, spread the quinoa on a plate or a baking sheet to cool and dry so it doesn’t get clumpy and gummy.
1 cup of dried quinoa typically yields about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
Tips for Making Chicken Quinoa Bowls
One step not to skip is rinsing the quinoa before cooking it. Why do you rinse quinoa? Most quinoa has already been rinsed before being packaged, but giving it another rinse ensures the natural coating that can lend a bitter taste has been rinsed away.
You’re welcome to add more veggies to this chicken quinoa bowl, if desired. Go ahead and meal prep any veggies you have lying around that are about to go bad. Pretty much any vegetable pairs well with the feta and chicken.
For a grab-and-go lunch, add the chicken quinoa bowl ingredients to jars at the start of the week so you don’t have to prep anything during the week. Put the chicken on the bottom, followed by the veggies and quinoa.
More Healthy Quinoa Recipes to Make
- Slow Cooker Healthy Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili with Quinoa
- Thai Quinoa Salad
- Latin Chipotle Quinoa Salad with Avocado
- Healthy Meatloaf with Tomato Glaze
- Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad
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Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli and Tomato
For the Chicken:
- 1 6- ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon , juiced and zested
- 2 cloves garlic , pressed or minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup Easy Roasted Broccoli and Feta
- ½ cup Easy Roasted Tomatoes
For the Quinoa:
- 1 cup dried quinoa
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Slice the chicken breast into 1-inch chunks and add to a gallon freezer bag. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, garlic, oregano and salt and pepper then add to the bag, seal, and marinade for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the broccoli and tomatoes to the pan with more olive oil if needed, and warm through.
- Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Rinse it in a fine mesh strainer under cold water first. Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil over high heat, then add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and the quinoa. Boil it like pasta, until al dente, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, fluff with a fork, and return the quinoa to the pot, cover with a kitchen towel, then a lid and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- To assemble the bowls, divide the quinoa between the bowls and top each with half of the chicken and vegetable mixture. Season with more kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and drizzle with more olive oil if you'd like. Sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles and serve.
More Good for You Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes to Try Now
- The Best Greek Chicken Marinade
- Greek Salad with Avocado — because AVOCADO!
- Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Slow Cooker Mediterranean Egg Casserole — breakfast for dinner! or breakfast!!
- Easy Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce — one of our fave easy dinners!
- Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas
- 50 Favorite Mediterranean Diet Recipes to Make Now
- 10 Good for You Grains You Should Be Cooking With Now
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I tried cooking this for my parents and siblings and they absolutely loved it! There were no leftovers! I actually added mushrooms to the tomatoes and broccoli and topped it with arugula after cooking. It was DELICIOUS and really added that Mediterranean flair. It reminded me of Noodles and Co.’s Mediterranean dish. I will definitely try it again! Probably my new favorite way to eat both cooked broccoli, and tomatoes that have been left to ripen just past the point of raw deliciousness, if you know what I mean XD
Easy and AMAZING!!!
I like the food that results from the recipe. However, I loathe the fact that I have to look at three seperate recipes to make this meal.
This recipe is a staple in my house. Sometimes I use asparagus or Brussels sprouts instead of broccoli, just depends on what I have on hand or is in season at the store. I always make extra marinade and set some aside (before putting it on the chicken) to drizzle on top of the finished bowl. And the tip about putting the towel over the quinoa pan to absorb extra moisture…genius. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe!!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
I love that!!! Thanks for sharing Kerry!
The salt content was very high, ended up throwing it away. May try it again with using less salt or even no salt at all added.
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
So sorry about that! Give it another try!
Hi! I just made your delicious recipe, and I was wondering if you knew the nutrition facts for it too? My son is just a health nut, and he wants to know so he could “count his calories”. Would you be able to provide me with this information?
They are included in the recipe.
I really like everything about this tasty recipe which I made last night and enjoyed leftovers today. My question is, do you drain the marinade before cooking the chicken?
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Hi Lisa, Yes! I do!
I am just getting into Mediterranean eating per doctor recommended. I would love more recipes please..
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
I will keep them coming! Thanks Grace!
This is one of my go to dinner meals. It is so tasty! The first time I wish I looked it over before starting because it took me longer than planned to make all the components but now I know what to expect. Nice healthy dinner!
Hi. I lived in Ecuador where quinoa is a staple, and it is consumed daily. I assure you, it is MOST DEFINITELY NOT pronounced “keen-wa”. You were correct. It is “kee-no-a”. I cringe every time some self-righteous ninny tries to sound worldly with “keen-wa”.
To be honest, you’re kind of coming of the self-righteous one here.
Vashikaran in India
Very Good piece of Work thaks for sharing.
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Can’t wait to make this. My family will love this.
Laura | Tutti Dolci
These bowls are everything!!! Seriously gorgeous, as always.
I love your recipes! Can you give the nutritional information?
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Craving a big bowl of this chicken quinoa right now! Sounds absolutely delicious!
I appreciate your easy to read recipe style and blog. You don’t over do the talk like some food blogs. Great pics, too!
Aw, why thank you Mary! And thanks for visiting and letting me know. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see here, I’m here to please :)