I am pretty sure I took the idea of a light healthy “bowl based” dinner and tossed it out the window. Clearly, no one has ever seen just how much fuel and flavor I can shove into one bowl.
Healthy bowls have kind of been a trend lately. Small meals loaded with all sorts of healthy add-ons from quinoa to black beans. Clearly, no one has ever seen just how much I can shove into one bowl. Because, I am pretty sure I took the idea of a light healthy dinner and tossed it out the window. Sure, this isn’t a double down at the Taco Bell drive-through, but this Salsa Chicken Bowl certainly makes clean eating look good.
Making a healthy salsa chicken bowl
Healthy doesn’t always mean delicious. Not in this case. Damned good. And that’s just how I roll with these salsa chicken bowls. They come together quickly and easily. You feel good eating them. And even later on, when you think back on all the meals of the day…
You get a knowing smile on your face. Because, damn, you ate well and you feel great.
What goes in a chicken and salsa bowl?
So you probably already determined the chicken and salsa part of the equation. But salsa can mean so many things to so many people. Salsa roja, salsa verde, pico de gallo, chipotle, salsa mole, and the list goes on.
In this case, with the ingredients, you are essentially creating a green salsa with the guacamole, onions, and tabasco. But feel free to try adding in some chopped tomatoes, or some charred then chopped tomatillos if you want to. A bit of chopped fresh cilantro will not be out of place.
None of those will make it any less healthy either. In fact, just the opposite.
What can I use instead of romaine lettuce?
Romaine lettuce is great in rice bowls, but I get it, some people prefer to avoid it. How many romaine recalls have happened lately? No wonder people are reluctant to use it. You don’t have to be worried about it. Just put in the time to wash it properly.
But if you do want a substitute, then spinach or even slightly wilted kale can take its place. A mix of white and red cabbage would also be fantastic.
You still should wash everything nicely and shake off the excess water.
More healthy and delicious bowls to check out
Looking for more bowls that actually have substance? A meal you can bite into? Yeah, I figured as much. Check these out.
- Korean Beef Bowls
- Chorizo Hash Breakfast Bowl with Chipotle Cream
- Grilled Chimichurri Steak Potato Power Bowl
- Roasted Roots and Chicken Power Bowl with Maple Dipping Aioli
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Salsa Chicken Bowls for Two
- 1 chicken breast large
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
- 1 cup brown rice cooked, white rice is ok to substitute
- 1 cup romaine lettuce chopped
- black beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 avocado diced
- 1/4 cup red onion minced
- 1 cup queso fresca crumbles
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and swirl to coat pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in skillet to cook. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until golden and cooked through on both sides.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet, cover, and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the salsa, sour cream, and Tobasco.
- Turn off the heat, but leave the pan over the burner, and stir to combine.
Build your bowls! Pile the lettuce in the bottom of each bowl. Spoon a bit of rice in each and top with black beans.
- Slice the chicken and divide between bowls.
- Pour any collected juice into the bowl. Top with salsa mix, avocado, red onion, and queso.
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Haha when I go to those mongolian BBQ places, I always amaze people with how much I manage to shove into that bowl they give you. Light and healthy? Maybe not, but definitely delicious!