Thursday, October 13, 2016

Greek Chicken Rice Bowls


Time sure flies when you're having fun...living life...all of the above! I didn't realize it had been a minute since I last wrote a post. [insert embarrassed emoji] Life has been crazy and if you've followed my blog long enough, you will know that is a common theme in my life. Just busy working, living life, dating, etc. You know the usual. Somehow, I still manage to make delicious creations like this Greek Chicken Rice Bowl I'm about to share with you. So easy and so delish you'll have it on your rotating schedule of easy meals to make. The best part of these recipes is that they are so versatile. Can't eat dairy? No problem! Can't eat gluten? No problem! Not a lot of time? No problem! You could even make this low carb if necessary. But who am I kidding? Carbs are LIFE.

I got the idea for these Greek rice bowls when I lived in Sacramento. One of my coworkers introduced me to this place called PitaQ. It's basically the Chipotle for Greek/Mediterranean food. It was love at first bite. I think I went there 3 times in a week once, I loved it so much. When I get hooked on something, I freaking commit to that ish. This place was no exception. There's a menu with a bunch of options and then you build your [pita/salad/bowl/plate]. It wasn't until I came back to Phoenix that I realized I needed PitaQ back in my life. These rice bowls were the closest thing I could come up with to copy it. So hopefully you love these bowls as much as I do.

I'm going to make my intro short and sweet because let's be real, we're all here for the food. So let's get cooking!

Greek Chicken Rice Bowls

Prep Time: 30-45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 bowls
Serving Size: 1 bowl

Ingredients:
  • 4 chicken thighs or breasts 
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 Persian cucumbers
  • 4 cups lettuce or leafy greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup Greek Vinaigrette Dressing (chicken marinade)
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Tzatziki 
Optional Ingredients:
  • Feta cheese
  • Kalamata olives
  • Red onion
Individual rice bowl ingredients:
  • 1 chicken thigh cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of rice (or no rice for low carb options)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Persian cucumber, cut into coin sized pieces
  • 1 cup of lettuce
  • 2-4 tbsp. dairy free tzatziki
  • 1 tbsp. Greek vinaigrette dressing (optional for extra zest) 
  • Optional ingredients listed above
Method:
  1. Chicken Prep - place the chicken and 1/2 cup of vinaigrette in a zip lock bag in the fridge for 30 minutes or more to marinade.
  2. Rice - you will want to cook the rice to specifications on packaging. Or you can bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil, add the rice, cover and cook for 15 minutes on low. Once 15 minutes is up, remove from heat and keep covered for another 10 minutes. You will have the most fluffy and perfect rice there ever was. Welllllll...if you are using white rice. I can't guarantee how brown rice will turn out since I don't eat it...much.
  3. Veggie Prep - wash tomatoes, cucumbers and greens and then pat to dry. Then cut the veggies into bite size pieces. I typically like to halve the tomatoes and slice the cucumbers into coin size pieces with the skin on or peel them. If I'm feeling frugal I will buy a head of lettuce and then prep it or if I'm lazy I will buy a package of pre-washed lettuce. Sometimes laziness wins... -_-
  4. If you don't have the vinaigrette and/or tzatziki prepped already, now would be a good time. Click on the links for ingredients and instructions. Trust me, you want to the try them out because they are DELISH. #shamlessplug
  5. Cooking Chicken - Heat up your grill or in my case, the good ol' George Foreman. Grill chicken until no longer pink in center or 165 degrees if you really want to be specific. Don't have a grill or a George Foreman? You can pan fry the chicken. Typically 10 minutes per side or until a golden brown crust forms.
  6. Prepping the Bowls - Here's where you can get creative and make your rice bowls purdy. Combine the following: chicken, rice, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, tzatziki, more Greek dressing and the optional ingredients listed.
  7. Brace yourself for a mouf party. 

Let me know what you think of these Greek chicken rice bowls. Tag me on social media @thehungrylatina on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, basically all of the social media platforms! Until next time my friends!