A bowl of sweet, hot, and spicy quinoa with chicken with sweet chili, pineapple, and much of vegetables!
I’ve been eating from a bowl lately (the ones I can make earlier are the best) and these sweet chili chicken buddha bowls are an excellent option! Actually, the choices are endless where you begin with a base like quinoa, rice, noodles, etc., add a protein like chicken, meat, tofu, beans, add some fruits and/or vegetables, a dressing and optional trimmings like herbs, nuts, cheese, etc. and you have got a tasty meal bushed one bowl! For these bowls of chicken with sweet chili, I’ve got a quinoa base to which I add kale, beans, carrots, cabbage, peppers, pineapple, and chicken with sweet chili dressing! Yummy! That sweet chili dressing magically goes so well with the juicy pineapple and peppers that it creates a good meal that’s light, healthy, and satisfying!
Thai Sweet Chili Chicken Buddha Bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 8
A sweet, spicy, and tangy quinoa bowl with sweet chili chicken, pineapple, and plenty of veggies
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 3/4 cups water (or coconut milk)
- 3 cups (packed) kale, massaged
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1 cup carrot, shredded
- 2 cups pineapple, sliced
- 1 cup red pepper, sliced
- 1 cup red cabbage, sliced
- 1 pound cooked chicken, shredded or sliced
- 1 cup sweet chili dressing
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15-20 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered, before letting cool.
- Meanwhile, assemble the salad and enjoy!
Option: Use skillet sweet chili chicken!
Tip: Make the quinoa a day ahead of time so that it is cool when assembling the salad.
Note: Massage the kale with your fingers until it turns a nice deep dark green, optionally adding 1 teaspoon oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to help speed up the process.
Option: Add a sliced avocado!
Option: Replace the quinoa, with rice, other whole grains, noodles, etc.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 232, Fat 5g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 42mg, Sodium 66mg, Carbs 26g (Fiber 4g, Sugars 7g), Protein 19g