winner winner chicken dinner! and lucky for us it’s gluten-free, bursting with veggies and super tasty!
You guys, I am totally failing at the whole Meatless Monday thing.
Which makes no sense since I don’t eat a lot of meat, or meat-centered meals, these days. That’s not to say I’m vegetarian. No way. However, in general, when I plan most meals I typically first think of salad, veggies and a large bowl.
Eating on a plate just seems weird.
am I right?
I mean I can’t even remember the last time I ate my dinner off a plate. But, clearly I digress. I don’t even remember what I was first talking about.
Whatevs, it’s Monday, you guys. Ignore me.
Except for the food part.
That part is true.
As for this chicken winner? Easy peasy and so super easy! (especially if you already have leftover chicken) And the ginger scallion dressing? so perfect! salty, spicy, and a little sweet, it’s the perfect complement to all those fresh crunchy veggies.
Chicken Veggie Rice Bowls with Ginger Scallion Dressing
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 3-4 salad bowls
Type: Salad, Healthy, Chicken, Bowls, Easy Recipes
FOR THE SALAD
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 head napa cabbage, shredded
1/2 head purple cabbage, shredded
2 bell peppers, finely chopped (I used 1 orange and 1 red)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cooked edamame
1/2 cup fine chopped carrots
1 English cucumber, sliced
4 cups cooked white rice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Fresh chopped cilantro
1-2 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced
FOR THE GINGER/SCALLION DRESSING
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh minced/grated ginger
6 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 cup gluten-free soy sauce
5 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon red pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, carefully add the chicken breasts and return water to a boil. Cover pot with an air-tight lid and remove from heat. Allow chicken breasts to poach for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked. Once cooked, transfer chicken to a plate to cool. Once cool enough to handle, shred chicken breasts with two forks or your fingers and set aside.
Whisk together all ingredients for the Ginger Scallion Dressing, leaving out the scallions until the very end. Transfer approximately 1/4 of the dressing to the shredded chicken and stir to mix. Transfer remaining dressing to a jar or airtight container and set aside or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
In a medium bowl toss together the chopped bell peppers, tomato and edamame. Set aside. Prepare the remaining ingredients- slice the cucumber, toss the steamed rice with 1-2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, finely chop the cabbage, the carrots, then cilantro and slice the avocado.
Arrange 3-4 salad bowls with equal or desired amounts of rice, cabbage, vegetables, chicken and avocado. Drizzle with remaining ginger scallion dressing.