There are plenty of advantages in making one-dish meals such as grain bowls, power bowls, burrito bowls, and Baja chicken bowls. Aside from being easy to prepare, they can also be tailored to your preferences. These recipes are so popular that they can be found in menu items of fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle. Similar salad or grain bowls can also be found at prominent eateries such as Panera bread. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Chicken Baja bowl.
If you love culinary twists in anything Mexican, the keyword here being twist, and any healthy salad recipes, then you’ll absolutely love this take on a Baja chicken bowl. Baja chicken with rice, beans, or quinoa can surely lift up your mood after a tiring day. Aside from being healthy and filling, it is also more convenient to eat. Want to try making your own Baja chicken bowls? Read below to learn how.
This delicious Baja chicken bowl recipe combines succulently cooked Baja Chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and brown rice. If you’re a health nut, this nutritious meal that is fresh, tasty, and enjoyable to consume can easily make it to your favorites.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Don’t have time to make your own salsa? You can use 2 oz .of roasted tomato salsa instead.
If you’re really pressed for time, you can use white rice varieties or quinoa instead of making the brown rice for the Baja chicken bowl. Cook the rice or quinoa before using them in the recipe. Use about 2 cups of cooked white rice and 2 ½ cups cooked quinoa in place of the brown rice. For the Baja chicken substitute, you can use takeout grilled chicken breast instead.
Not fond of avocado? Use greek yogurt or sour cream instead or you can remove the avocado altogether. However, if you prefer more creaminess, you can use both avocado and greek yogurt together in the Baja chicken bowl.
You can also use salsa verde instead of the Pineapple-Mango salsa recipe used above. To make salsa verde, simply add lime juice, white vinegar, sea salt, canola or olive oil, Jalapenos, crushed garlic, and black pepper into a small bowl. Mix well and refrigerate before use.
This Baja chicken bowl recipe can also be cooked separately, with the chicken good enough to be its own main course. You can prepare the chicken the day before and eat it as a separate meal then use the leftovers as part of this recipe for no additional cost.
Try cooking the black beans and corn for about 5 minutes under medium heat until each black bean is thoroughly cooked. Make sure to add Baja chicken, corn, salsa, and warmed black bean just as you are serving the chicken bowl to keep the dish fresh.
To cut the cooking time, you can cook the brown rice recipe in a rice cooker. Don’t have a rice cooker? Check out our rice cooker reviews and guides for insights.
With one serving size filling enough to keep you full for longer periods of time, this Baja chicken bowl is both an easy meal and a high-protein dish. Serve it during dinner or bring some to work for a healthy lunch.
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The beauty of bowl recipes like these is their customizability. You can add any ingredient to the recipe or even replace some to fit your preferences. Feel free to use beef, shrimp, and fish as a substitute for chicken, just take note that they all have different cooking times so adjust accordingly.