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


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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; protein 34.1g 68% DV; carbohydrates 31.2g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 4.2g 17% DV; sugars 2.5g; fat 26.9g 41% DV; saturated fat 4.5g 23% DV; cholesterol 91.1mg 30% DV; vitamin a iu 1158IU 23% DV; vitamin c 6.6mg 11% DV; folate 62.5mcg 16% DV; calcium 113.1mg 11% DV; iron 2.8mg 15% DV; magnesium 118.7mg 42% DV; potassium 685.7mg 19% DV; sodium 683.5mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 25% DV.

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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