Healthy Chicken Shawarma Quinoa Bowls

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A wonderful and healthy dinner any time of the week. For a quick dinner option, prep your veggies, marinate your chicken and make your tahini sauce in the morning so you just have to cook and assemble at dinnertime. 

Recipe from Peas and Crayons

Directions

  1. First rinse and drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer or sieve. Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water. Stir as it toasts for just a few minutes. This step is optional but really adds to the nuttiness and fluff factor of the quinoa! Next add your water, set burner to high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. While the quinoa cooks, prep your veggies! Chop onion, bell pepper, cucumber, and parsley. Mince your garlic and slice grape tomatoes in half.
  3. Pat chicken dry with paper towel, then place a dry paper towel on top. Using a meat mallet or heavy pan, pound to 1⁄4-inch thickness.
  4. In a large shallow bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine cumin, paprika, turmeric, and cayenne pepper with juice of 1⁄2 lemon, minced garlic, and 1 TBSP olive oil. Add chicken and coat with the spices. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Snag your now-fluffy quinoa from the pot and give it a little fluff with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  6. Remove chicken from marinade and season both sides with 1⁄2 tsp salt and black pepper as desired. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan from naan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F), approx 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and allow to rest while you prep your quinoa bowls.
  7. Combine onion, bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley in a bowl and dress with juice of one lemon and 2 TBSP olive oil. Season if desired.
  8. For the tahini sauce, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, and minced garlic. Slowly add warm water, whisking well until thin and saucy. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  9. Slice your chicken into thin strips or chop into bite-sized pieces.
  10. Now let's toss it all together! You can plate the veggies and chicken on top as pictured above or toss the quinoa with the veggies first for goodness in every bite! Dress with tahini sauce and dig in!

Ingredients

The Quinoa & Chicken:

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 + ½ cups Water
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 1 Clove Garlic, smashed and minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • Juice of ½ a Lemon
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Naan Flatbreads, toasted or warmed slightly

The Veggies:

  • ¼ of a Small Red Onion, diced
  • ½ of a Bell Pepper, red or green
  • ½ a Seedless Cucumber
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Tahini Sauce:

  • ¼ cup Tahini
  • 1 Clove Garlic, smashed and minced
  • Juice of ½ a Lemon
  • 3 tbsp Warm Water
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Paprika

note: you'll need 2 medium lemons total and 2 cloves garlic total if making all the components of this recipe.

 

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