These Easy Chicken Bowls are jam-packed with all the goodness - like 36g of protein, filling fiber and heart-healthy fats - kind of goodness! Not to mention the absolute tastiest and most flavorful way to cook your chicken thighs! Easy Chicken Bowls have become an absolute staple this summer!
When I tell you I have been obSESSED with these easy chicken bowls lately...I mean it. I'm talkin' multiple days a week I'm prepping these chicken bowls either for lunch or dinner, and what's even better, is my husband hasn't grown tired of them either. If you've got a picky spouse like mine, that's a huge win in and of itself! What's great about these easy chicken bowls is they're super versatile and easily customizable.
One of my favorite ways to prep these easy chicken bowls is air frying our chicken thighs. We use Rasta Joes chicken dry rub (hands down the best chicken seasoning!) and they turn out so juicy and [*cringe*] SO MOIST - it will seriously make your mouth water. Feel free to get creative with adding trying proteins like grilled shrimp, seared steak, or barbecued chicken breasts if you're looking for a leaner option.
Easy Chicken Bowls
• 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
• 1 C long grain rice
• 1-15 oz. can of corn, drained
• 1-15 oz. can of reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
• Garnishes used: chopped cilantro, green onion, BBQ sauce, Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado dressing
Cook rice according to package instructions. We love using our Instapot to save on time, plus it makes the perfect rice every time!
Season both side of the chicken thighs with seasonings of choice, we used Rasta Joes Dry Rub seasoning.
Lay chicken thighs evenly on the tray of your air frier and cook for 15-20 minutes at 370º, flipping over half way through.
Let chicken rest for 3-5 minutes on a cutting board, then chop into bite-size pieces.
Evenly distribute the cooked rice (about 1/4 serving each) into 4 bowls and add the chopped chicken thighs, corn, beans, and shredded cheese.
Garnish with chopped cilantro, diced green onion and drizzle with BBQ sauce and Cilantro Avocado dressing.
Macros per serving (not including garnishes & dressings): 585 cals | 21g fat | 63g carbs | 36g protein
We absolutely LOVE Rasta Joes dry rub but it's not available in stores and can only be ordered online, so it's likely you won't have immediate access to it. But rest assured seasonings that you already have in your pantry like garlic pepper, garlic or onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper work great too. What's great about chicken thighs is they're much more flavorful than chicken breasts so it really doesn't take much to add to the flavor!
Get creative with your toppings! Here are some additional ideas to take your Chicken Bowls to the next level:
- pickled red onion
- diced avocado
- cherry tomatoes
- diced red onion
- pico de gallo
- diced jalepenos
- roasted red bell peppers
Alternative protein options:
- BBQ'ed chicken breasts
- grilled shrimp
- seared steak
- grilled or baked salmon
If you love this recipe, then you will equally love these Chipotle Chicken Salads