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January 10, 2022

30 Minute Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls

Ready in 30 minutes, these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls are an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe! All you need is grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, quinoa, and parmesan cheese. Even the kids will love these parmesan chicken bowls!

Happy New Year! I always say that the new year is like a super Monday: Mondays are a fresh start to the week, so they new year is a fresh start on your overall mentality.

Maybe you hope to make some healthier lifestyle choices. It could be as simple as taking 5 minutes every morning to be thankful or as complex as a 180° shift in your diet. Maybe it's adding 30 minutes of movement to your day or training for a marathon. Whatever it is, it all starts with small goals that are attainable and intentional.

With this mindset in mind, I wanted my first few recipes of 2022 to help you achieve those attainable and intentional health goals. I did a few polls over on my Instagram and so many of you said you wanted more 30 minute recipes! So, today's brand new recipe is probably one of the easiest dinners I've ever created (next to this sheet pan meal of course)...

I present: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls! A 30 minute meal full of flavor and made with only 4 simple ingredients. And those ingredients can be as simple as they come too!

A Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowl on a sheet pan with extra vegetables

Why You'll Love These Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls

  • Only 4 main ingredients: chicken, quinoa, mixed veggies, and parmesan cheese. That's it! Unless you count seasonings.
  • Diet-friendly: this recipe is naturally gluten-free, easily dairy-free (just swap the cheese for nutritional yeast), and very macro-friendly. You could even make it vegetarian by swapping the chicken for crispy tofu!
  • Ready in 30 minutes: I'm not even kidding on this one. It all comes together so fast! You'll always have time to make it no matter how busy you are.
  • Pantry/freezer staples: I specifically wrote this recipe to use the simplest ingredients and weeknight-friendly staples like frozen mixed veggies and dry quinoa. I always buy my chicken fresh, but if you have frozen chicken on hand that's just as great!
  • Meal-prep friendly: these healthy chicken bowls are a great meal prep recipe for easy lunches or quick weeknight dinners. The ratios are nice and simple too, so doubling the recipe is easy too!

Ingredients You'll Need

  • Chicken breast: I always use fresh chicken, but frozen chicken is great too, especially if you always have a big bag on hand! If you're using frozen, make sure to thaw completely and pat dry really well to avoid any excess liquid on the chicken. We want it to sear in the oil!
  • Quinoa: a classic pantry staple that adds complex carbs, fiber, plant-based protein, and lots of vitamins to this recipe. Start to finish, it takes 25 minutes on the stove, so it will cook while you work on the chicken!
  • Frozen veggie mix: for these healthy chicken bowls, I used a "California" mix of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, but you can use any veggies you have on hand! Just make sure the amount is the same. I always have a few bags of frozen veggies stashed in my freezer and I'm sure you do too!
  • Parmesan cheese: one of my favorite cheeses. I started using pre-shaved parmesan in place of pre-shredded because it melts better, but, again, use what you have! I also love the shaved cheese because it's thinner.
  • Seasonings: to keep things really simple, I opted for garlic powder instead of minced garlic to save even more time. We're also using Italian seasoning and fresh cracked black pepper. Simple, right? If you're really feeling it, you can add a dash of red chili flakes. That's my favorite!

Ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls: chicken breast, frozen vegetables, quinoa, and parmesan cheese

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls

If you can't tell, this entire recipe is S-I-M-P-L-E. Like, so simple we can break it down into three simple steps! You really can't go wrong. In 30 minutes, here's everything you'll need to do to make your Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls:

Make the quinoa: like rice, it's two parts water to one part grain. Simply add the water to a small pot on the stove, bring to a boil, and add the quinoa. Turn down the heat down to low, cover with a lid, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving. That's it! It practically makes itself.

Chicken, vegetables, and quinoa tossed with fresh parmesan cheese

Steam the veggies: one of the reasons I opted for frozen veggies was to avoid cutting and adding another dish on the stove. Don't worry, plain frozen veggies are just as healthy as fresh ones, so we're not sacrificing any nutrition!

Whatever blend of frozen vegetables you choose, make sure they can be steamed in the microwave. Once they're done, season them how you like. I always add fresh sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and some extra parmesan!

Grill the chicken: once again, make sure your chicken is completely rid of any excess moisture because we want it to grill instead of boil. Then, dice into bite size pieces. This helps the chicken cook faster and prevents boiling because you don't have to leave the pieces on the pan as long.

Heat some olive oil in a large skillet or wok to medium-high heat. Add your diced chicken and seasonings, toss to combine, then let sit for 2-3 minutes in the oil. Toss again and let sit for another 1-2 minutes. If you notice the chicken boiling instead of grilling, toss more frequently. The chicken should be done after 5-8 minutes.

To serve: toss the grilled chicken, cooked quinoa, steamed veggies, and shaved parmesan together in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Divide into 6 portions and enjoy. Et voila!

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You will LOVE these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls! They're super easy to make, kid-friendly, and perfect for quick weeknight dinners. I can't wait for you to try them!

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30 Minute Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls

Ready in 30 minutes, these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls are an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe! All you need is grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, quinoa, and parmesan cheese. Even the kids will love these parmesan chicken bowls!

Author:

Brooke Harmer

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

30

min

servings:

6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts
  • 1 C uncooked quinoa
  • 24 oz. frozen mixed vegetables* (see notes)
  • ½ C parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 cups water in a small pot to a boil. Add the quinoa, stir to combine, and cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until all water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving. Stir in nutritional yeast if using, then set aside.
  2. Prepare veggies according to package instructions. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
  3. Make sure your chicken is pat dry and rid of any excess moisture. Dice into small bite-size pieces.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet to medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the diced chicken and seasonings. Grill until completely cooked and slightly charred, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add chicken, quinoa, and veggies to a large mixing bowl and toss with the parmesan cheese. Divide into 6 portions and serve!

Notes

*To save on dishes and extra hands-on work, I developed this recipe using frozen veggies that can be steamed in the microwave. My favorite blend (that is also pictured) is the "California Mix" of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Whatever vegetables you choose, make sure to choose ones that can be steamed in their bag!

Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/6 of the prepared food, including nutritional yeast.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl / Calories: 357 / Fat: 9.7g / Saturated Fat: 2.5g / Carbohydrates: 28.3g / Fiber: 5g / Sugar: 7g / Protein: 40g