Present this meal buffet-style so everyone can craft their own bowls and get what they want (including an argument-free dinner). Chickpea "rice" has twice the protein and five times the fiber of brown rice. Find it in many supermarkets or online.

EatingWell Magazine, May 2021


Credit: Tara Donne

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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  • Preheat broiler to high.

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add chickpea rice and cook according to package directions. Drain.

  • Meanwhile, pound chicken to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. Slice halloumi 1/2 inch thick. Place the chicken on one side of a rimmed baking sheet and the halloumi in a single layer on the other side. Brush both sides of the chicken and halloumi with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  • Broil, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the chicken registers 165°F and the halloumi is golden brown, about 7 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes, then slice.

  • Combine basil, oregano, garlic, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt in a small bowl. While whisking, slowly add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Toss the cooked chickpea rice with half of the dressing and reserve the rest for topping.

  • Serve the chickpea rice with greens, vegetables, the chicken, the halloumi and the remaining dressing.

Nutrition Facts

3 cups
501 calories; fat 25g; cholesterol 63mg; sodium 733mg; carbohydrates 38g; dietary fiber 7g; protein 31g; sugars 3g; niacin equivalents 6mg; saturated fat 7g; vitamin a iu 3534IU; potassium 912mg.