Southwest Chicken Bowls

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Hey! Hope your week is going well so far.

Today, I made these delicious chicken bowls for lunch.  They are an excellent option when you’re looking for something healthy that also has a ton of flavor.

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Southwest chicken bowls combine light, fresh veggies and brown rice with protein-packed chicken and black beans.  This meal is light enough that you won’t need a post-lunch nap, but filling enough to help you power through the rest of your day without getting HANGRY.

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size chunks

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground red pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp dried cilantro

Juice of 1/2 lime

Reduced Sodium Black Beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

Brown Rice, prepared according to package directions

Lettuce

Tomatoes, diced

Onions, finely diced

Suggested Toppings: Salsa, Cholula Hot Sauce, Shredded Cheese

Start by cutting the chicken breast into small, bite-sized chunks.

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Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken.  Then add in hot sauce, lime juice and remaining spices. Mix well until all of the chicken is coated with the spices.

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Heat an additional tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the chicken.  Saute for 10-12 minutes until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.

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Meanwhile, prepare the brown rice according to package directions.

Drain and rinse the black beans.  Pour into a small saucepan along with 1 cup of water, diced red bell pepper and a sprinkle of garlic powder.  Cook over medium heat until the beans are heated through.

Once chicken is done, remove from heat.  It should be a beautiful golden color.

The chicken really is the star of this dish.  I also use this spice mix/method for making some awesome chicken tacos!

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To Make the Bowls:

Place a small amount of rice in the bottom of a serving bowl.

Top with lettuce, tomato and onions.  Add a spoonful each of black beans and then chicken.  Finish bowl with desired toppings.  I usually add salsa, Cholula Hot Sauce and a small amount of shredded cheese.

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There are so many topping options you could add to customize this chicken bowl: Sour Cream, Guacamole, Queso, fresh jalapenos, cilantro, pico de gallo… The possibilities are endless! 😉

And there you have it! A delicious, healthy meal that is packed with flavor, protein and filling fiber.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe!  I’d love to know what you think.  Please feel free to leave me comment below. You can also follow me on Pintest or on Instagram @m_is_for_mimosa.

Cheers!

Feta & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

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Happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. I can’t believe the weekend is just around the corner already. This week has flown by!

Without further ado, I finally bring to you the first recipe from M is for Mimosa!

This recipe is one of my favorite go-to dishes. It’s simple, light and pretty much perfect for the beautiful spring weather we’ve had this week. Pair this chicken with some fresh grilled asparagus and cherry tomatoes and you have a healthy meal that’s easy enough for a quick weeknight meal.

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First, butterfly 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts.  Then, season on both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.  Next, gather the ingredients for the stuffing: 4 oz crumbled feta cheese, one can of artichoke hearts, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and about 2 tablespoons of capers if you like them.  You can easily leave the capers out if you have picky eaters.  

ImageDrain and chop your artichoke hearts into 1 inch pieces. 

ImageIn a mixing bowl, combine the feta, chopped artichoke hearts, capers, and olive oil.  I also like to add a little more freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt at this point.  

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Now it’s time to stuff the chicken breasts!  Spoon 1/4 of the feta and artichoke mixture into a breast and then secure the edges with toothpicks so that the stuffing stays inside during grilling.  Repeat with the remaining stuffing.  

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Now time for the grill!  Prep either a charcoal or gas grill… Whichever you prefer will work for this recipe.  I used a charcoal grill this time.  Here’s a quick down and dirty method for prepping a charcoal grill: Build a pyramid-like pile of charcoal in the center of the lower grill grate.  Then soak briquettes with a liberal amount of grill lighter fluid.  Allow the lighter fluid to soak in for 5 to 10 minutes.  Using a grill lighter and working quickly, begin lighting the bottom, outside pieces of charcoal. The flames will build and begin burning the top of your “pyramid.” Allow fire to burn for a few minutes. Once the flames die down and the charcoal is mostly gray, spread the coals out into an even layer using a pair of grill tongs.  Place the top grate into the grill and cover with grill lid.  Allow the top grate to heat for a minute or two, then remove the lid and clean the grate with a grill brush.  Now your grill is ready for cooking!  
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Sorry for the detour… Back to the chicken! 😉
 
Once your grill is ready, place the chicken breasts on the grill and cover with the lid.
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Grill for approximately 8 minutes on each side. Be sure to keep a close eye on the chicken to avoid overcooking.  Your chicken should be golden on both sides and the internal temperature should register between 160-170 on a meat thermometer.  Once done, remove your chicken and allow to rest on a cutting board for about 5 minutes.  Now, carefully remove all of the toothpicks and slice each breast on the diagonal. And voila! Your chicken is ready to serve.

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To round out this meal, I simply tossed some asparagus and halved cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled them up in a grill pan.  To save some time, you could easily roast the veggies on a baking sheet during the last few minutes of grilling the chicken.

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And there you have it! An easy refreshing meal that screams springtime!  I hope you enjoy my Feta & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken as much as I do.  

I’d love to hear from you!  Feel free to comment or email me anytime!  You can also follow me on Instagram or look me up on Pinterest.  

Have a great rest of the week!