Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mary's El Pollo Bowl

This dish can be prepared mostly ahead of time, or can be prepped quickly while the chicken tenders bake. Great for a casual meal at home with friends and family, you could easily make this for four people or for eight… All you would have to do is chop up a few extra veggies and throw a few more pieces of chicken in the oven. This meal would also be great served taco bar style by setting out the fixin’s for your guests to make their own bowls. If you want to lighten this recipe up a bit, serve over chopped romaine instead of rice. Serve with hot sauce.

What You Need:

1 lb chicken tenders, rinsed and dried
4 servings warm, cooked brown rice
1 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and heated
1 small bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1 large avocado, chopped (toss in lime juice if prepping ahead of time to keep from browning)
1 large tomato, finely chopped
½ medium red onion, finely chopped
¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup low fat Greek yogurt
Juice of one lime
1 Tbs olive oil
Hot sauce to taste

Seasoning Blend for Chicken:
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder

What To Do:

Heat the oven to 375*. While the oven heats, line a baking sheet with foil. Toss chicken with oil and seasoning blend. Once chicken is coated, space evenly on baking sheet.

Bake chicken for about 12 minutes or until no longer pink. Allow meat to cool slightly and chop into bite sized pieces.

Divide all ingredients among four bowls and serve with hot sauce.

Serves 4

Bon App├ętit!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss said...

Looks delicious! I love salads with avocado...especially when it's served with something warm like the grilled chicken. I recently had a grilled salmon salad with ingredients a lot like the ones you used here and it was incredible! I'm not usually a salad girl..but that thing was killer.

Danica's Daily said...

WOW - that is FANTASTIC! Can I come over next time you make this?! YUM!

I am totally adding this to my list of my tries :)

Thanks again for another mouth watering recipe.

Tina said...

Looks fabulous! And I love you can prepare it ahead of time to an extent. That always helps me out a lot.

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

Wow, this both sounds and looks divine! YUM! Such great color and what a combination of ingredients!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

If it has cilantro, guaranteed I will LOVE it!

Molly said...

This is a fabulous chicken recipe and is a super easy way to spice things up! I ended up making fajitas out of the chicken recipe:

PS: I am obsessed with your 5 ingredients or less meals! :)

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Molly: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like the chicken. It really is an easy way to pump up the flavor. On the 5 ingredients recipes... definitely trying to work on more like that. I love short ingredient lists ;)