Arrange the toppings individually on these protein-packed Buddha bowls so each bite has a contrasting taste and texture. Make big batches of the salad dressing, quinoa and roasted chicken thighs and you'll have healthy meal-prep lunches or dinners for days. Though the chicken thighs take just 15 minutes to prep, you can also make the salads with leftover chicken or store-bought cooked chicken to make prep even faster.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019




Roasted Chicken Thighs
Italian Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare chicken: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place chicken on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roast the chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 14 to 16 minutes. Slice 4 thighs. (Reserve 1 thigh for another use.)

  • Meanwhile, prepare quinoa: Combine broth, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Stir in quinoa and return to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid and the grains have burst, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. (Reserve 2 cups for another use.)

  • To prepare dressing: Combine vinegar, water, sugar, mustard, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper in a blender. Puree until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add oil and puree until creamy. (Transfer 1 3/4 cups to a large mason jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)

  • To assemble bowls: Divide 3 cups quinoa among 4 large shallow bowls. Top with the chicken, chickpeas, avocado, radishes and sprouts (or shoots); sprinkle with seeds (or nuts). Drizzle with 3/4 cup dressing.


To make ahead: Prepare chicken (Step 1) and quinoa (Step 2); refrigerate separately for up to 5 days. Prepare dressing (Step 3); refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

753 calories; protein 34.4g 69% DV; carbohydrates 43.3g 14% DV; dietary fiber 10.3g 41% DV; sugars 4.9g; fat 50g 77% DV; saturated fat 8g 40% DV; cholesterol 75.5mg 25% DV; vitamin a iu 159.8IU 3% DV; vitamin c 7mg 12% DV; folate 155.5mcg 39% DV; calcium 73.8mg 7% DV; iron 4.4mg 24% DV; magnesium 129.1mg 46% DV; potassium 835.9mg 23% DV; sodium 489.8mg 20% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
I used leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The bowls are delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for me and my husband last night so I cut a lot in half. Not the nuts avocado and radishes. I cooked chicken tenders instead. We both ate it all and enjoyed it. I will keep this recipe. Read More