Healthy Chicken Power Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner recipe and meal prep solution. They’re packed with protein and wholesome ingredients!
Power bowls make the perfect protein packed lunch, dinner, or Sunday meal prep. This pesto chicken and quinoa bowl is going to be your new favorite healthy go-to!
Pesto Chicken Power Bowls Recipe
Stand back Chipotle, this Chicken Power Bowl recipe is about to be everyone’s new favorite!
These chicken and quinoa power bowls come together easily, and anyone at any cooking experience level will enjoy cooking them up!
With a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes, you will be on your way to a nutrient packed meal.
Pesto Chicken Power Bowl Ingredients
Protein: for this recipe I used chicken breasts. Chicken is a great source of lean protein. You can get creative and swap out the protein for whatever you prefer!
Wet ingredients: for incredible flavor we are going to marinate the chicken in basil pesto and dijon mustard.
Quinoa: quinoa is gluten-free and high in protein.
Red peppers: my homemade roasted red peppers make the perfect addition to this power bowl. Red peppers are also a great source of Vitamin C.
If you’re in a pinch, you can always grab a jar of roasted red peppers from the store!
Healthy fats: avocados are a great source of fiber, heart healthy fats, and potassium.
Daily greens: for this recipe, I used sprouts. They’re rich in folate, vitamin K, and more! You will also need fresh basil, which is a great source of magnesium.
Hummus: hummus is filled with vitamins and minerals and is said to help fight inflammation and promote a healthy digestive system.
I used lemon hummus* for my bowls, but you can experiment with other flavors like garlic or roasted red pepper.
If you can’t find lemon hummus, you can mix in fresh lemon juice and zest into plain hummus or substitute for another flavor like garlic or roasted red pepper.
Garnish: lemon juice makes for the perfect finish on top of these power bowls, bringing bright and fresh flavors to the dish.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How to make Chicken Power Bowls
1. Mix the pesto and mustard. In a large bowl, combine the basil pesto and dijon mustard.
2. Marinate the chicken. Add the chicken to the bowl, toss to coat, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavor it will have!
3. Cook the chicken. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the refrigerator and uncover.
Preheat the oven and arrange the chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook the chicken until internal temperature has reached 165° F.
4. Assemble the power bowls. Spread hummus over one side of the bowl. Begin layering the bowl with quinoa, pesto chicken, roasted red peppers, sprouts, and avocado. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh torn basil.
Homemade vs. Store-bought Roasted Red Peppers
Making your own roasted red peppers may sound daunting, but it’s surprisingly easy (and so delicious)!
Obviously, there is nothing easier than just grabbing a jar off the shelf at a store and buying them, but roasting your own requires very little effort and will actually save you money!
Roasting peppers is also a great way to use up a pepper that’s on the verge of spoiling.
Bonus: homemade peppers are all natural and have no preservatives or additives.
Don’t slice the peppers before roasting! This will add time, give you burnt edges, and make them harder to peel.
Questions You Might Have
A power bowl is typically a quick/easy meal, in one bowl on container, focused around “power foods” that carry many health benefits.
Power bowls contain foods with many healthy ingredients and benefits. However, like everything, food is healthy in moderation and proper portions/serving sizes.
Always consult a nutritionist or doctor if you are looking for health advice or guidance.
Anything you desire! I love power bowls because you can add anything you want to them. You can make my recipe exactly as is, or you can add, substitute, change, etc. as you see fit. Some other great ingredients to add are corn, beans, and cheese.
More Bowl Recipes You Might Like
- Roasted Sweet Potato Bowls
- Egg Roll In A Bowl
- Hawaiian Shrimp Taco Bowl
- Maple Miso Mushroom Rice Bowls
- Green Goddess Salmon Bowls
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Pesto Chicken Power Bowls
- 1 cup basil pesto
- 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 3 chicken breasts cubed
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup lemon hummus*
- 1 cup homemade roasted red peppers, or store bought
- 1 cup sprouts
- 2 avocados, thinly sliced or cubed
- 10 fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1 lemon, juice
- In a large bowl, combine the basil pesto and dijon mustard.
- Add the cubed chicken to the bowl, toss to coat, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
- About 15 minutes before you're ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the refrigerator and uncover. Preheat the oven to 400° F and arrange the chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook the chicken for 12-15 minutes or until internal temperature has reached 165° F.
- Spread 1/4 cup of hummus over one side of the bowl. Begin layering the bowl with quinoa, pesto chicken, roasted red peppers, sprouts, and avocado. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh torn basil.
- If you can’t find lemon hummus, you can mix in fresh lemon juice and zest to plain hummus or substitute for another flavor like garlic or roasted red pepper.