Olives, cucumber, roasted red peppers and spices come together magically in this healthy chicken quinoa bowl recipe. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and a glass of cold Italian white wine.

Carolyn Casner


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  • Position a rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 165 degrees F, 14 to 18 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and slice or shred.

  • Meanwhile, place peppers, almonds, 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, paprika, cumin and crushed red pepper (if using) in a mini food processor. Puree until fairly smooth.

  • Combine quinoa, olives, red onion and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl.

  • To serve, divide the quinoa mixture among 4 bowls and top with equal amounts of cucumber, the chicken and the red pepper sauce. Sprinkle with feta and parsley.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare chicken (Step 2), red pepper sauce (Step 3) and quinoa (Step 4); refrigerate in separate containers. Assemble just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

519 calories; 26.9 g total fat; 4.5 g saturated fat; 91 mg cholesterol; 684 mg sodium. 686 mg potassium; 31.2 g carbohydrates; 4.2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 34.1 g protein; 1158 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 62 mcg folate; 113 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 119 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. I don't eat chicken so added garbanzo beans for protein. I also added a can of artichoke hearts in water. Will definitely make again and again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. I toasted the quinoa before adding stock. I enjoy the nutty flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for the first time last night and it was wonderful. I was impressed with how quick and easy it was only took me 30 minutes from start to finish! I brought the leftovers for lunch today and threw an avocado in with it and ate it cold the leftovers were just as good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So good simple and quick dinner that tastes great. I did add a little chicken broth when cooking the quinoa just for a hint of flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I just had this for lunch and I agree - it is SO tasty and SO incredibly filling. I couldn't even finish it. The red pepper sauce is amazing and tastes so bright and fresh on this salad. I will be keeping this one in heavy rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So tasty! So filling! Have to say one of my favourite meals I've had in a long time. As I've just come across the recipe again I'm going to make it again for next week:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was super-tasty and easy for a weeknight. I added a little salt to the red-pepper sauce. Read More