Protein-Rich Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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If you often feel like snacking between meals, it’s probably because you’re not packing enough protein into your diet.

Want a healthy meal packed with complex carbs and proteins? Try our lemony chicken quinoa bowls. We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/grains-and-legumes/lemon-chicken-quinoa-bowl/

Compared to carbohydrates, which your body digests very quickly, protein requires a longer digestion period and tends to keep you fuller longer.

This means you’ll have less of a problem with unhealthy snacking and your tummy is satisfied for longer!

One of the best ways to include more protein into your diet is by eating quinoa, an increasingly popular superfood that is full of protein.

Quinoa is a delicious base for our chicken and veggie quinoa bowls. | Foodal.com

When I cook, I like to use a mix of both red and white varieties for a contrast in color and texture.

Today’s recipe is simple, and while it does require some patience because of the marinating time, it’s really easy to bring together.

Think a bowl full of freshly cooked quinoa, topped with sautéed chicken and colorful vegetables. Good for you, a pretty sight for the eyes, and it’s bound to keep you satiated for a very long time!

Lemon chicken quinoa bowls are healthy and packed with proteins and grains. | Foodal.com

Ready to start cooking now? Let’s head straight to the recipe!

The Recipe

A bright and healthy bowl of lemony chicken quinoa with assorted fresh veggies. | Foodal.com
Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowl
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A bright and healthy bowl of lemony chicken quinoa with assorted fresh veggies. | Foodal.com
Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowl
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken stock
For the Meat and Marinade
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos low-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine (mirin)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
For the Veggies
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • lemon cut into wedges
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Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa 3 or 4 times until the water runs clear. Combine with the water and stock in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to low and cover the pot, allowing it to simmer for the next 15 minutes. Switch off heat, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and let it sit covered for another 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the meat into bite-sized cubes and set them aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the soy sauce, rice wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, grated ginger, brown sugar, and cornstarch together.
  4. Add the meat and mix well, massaging with your hands until all of the chicken is covered with marinade. Allow chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Drizzle the canola oil into the pan, swirling to coat. Add the minced garlic, chopped green onion, and grated ginger, stir frying for a minute or so. Add the broccoli florets, zucchini, carrots, and red onion, and sauté for another 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  6. Create a well in the middle of the veggies and add the marinated chicken, sautéing and tossing with a wooden spoon for 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked through. Pour the remainder of the marinade into the pan to make a reduction as the chicken cooks.
  7. Serve the lemon chicken and veggies on top of the cooked quinoa. Add a squeeze of lemon and eat!
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Lorna Kring. 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 537 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1947mg 81%
Potassium 1120mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 25g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 126%
Vitamin C 84%
Calcium 15%
Iron 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Mise en Place

Measure the quinoa, stock, water, soy sauce, rice wine, and cornstarch.

Set out the chicken breasts, lemon, garlic, green onions, ginger, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, and red onion on your counter so you will have them ready to go.

Nutrient-dense ingredients like quinoa, chicken, and assorted veggies create a delicious lemony chicken quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

Juice and zest the lemon, and grate the ginger. Make sure you have enough for both the marinade and the veggie stir fry!

Mince the garlic, chop the green onions, and peel the carrots. Cut the broccoli into small florets, and dice the zucchini, carrots, and red onion.

Prepping assorted veggies for our lemon chicken quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

You can also wait to prep your veg until your meat is marinating, if you like.

Cut the meat into 1-inch cubes. Be sure to use separate cutting boards for your vegetables and your meat to avoid cross-contamination, or cut the meat after you cut your vegetables.

Making a zesty and savory marinade for the chicken in our lemony chicken quinoa bowls. | Foodal.com

Those cutlets our slippery! If you accidentally drop one on the floor, check out our post to find out what you should do next.

Step 2 – Cook the Carbs

For the quinoa, I used a blend of red and white. You can use whatever variety you prefer.

Quinoa is the base for our healthy lemon chicken quinoa bowls. | Foodal.com

Rinse the quinoa a few times until the water runs clear, then combine it with the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil. Rinsing removes the saponins, which have a bitter taste.

Reduce to heat to low and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and keep it covered for another 5 minutes. Set aside.

Step 3 – Marinate the Chicken

In a large bowl, stir to combine the soy sauce, rice wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, grated ginger, and cornstarch.

Marinating chicken for the best lemon chicken quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

Add the chicken cubes and use your fingers to massage the meat with the marinade until the marinade is evenly distributed and the meat is well coated.

Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, to allow the meat to soak in the flavors. But remember – overnight marinating is probably not the best for this recipe, since long soaks in acidic ingredients can toughen meat.

Step 4 – Sauté the Veggies and Meat

Heat your canola oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat every inch of the surface.

Cooking assorted fresh veggies to make a lemon chicken quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

Add the minced garlic, chopped green onions, and grated ginger. Sauté for approximately 1 minute, then add the broccoli, zucchini, carrots, and red onion. Cook for another 2 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.

Make a small well in the middle of the vegetables, and add the marinated chicken, sautéing for another 4 to 5 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the juices run clear.

Adding in the protein to our lemony chicken quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

Pour the remainder of the marinade into the pan and continue to cook until thickened and bubbling, to create a reduction. This will serve as a delicious sauce for the dish.

Step 5 – Serve and Enjoy!

Divide the quinoa evenly into two bowls and top with the meat and veggies. Squeeze some lemon over each dish, tuck in, and enjoy!

Lemony chicken and veggie quinoa bowl. | Foodal.com

A High-Protein Meal for Longer Days

In this simple recipe, the protein-rich superfood quinoa is paired with lemon chicken and vegetables to give you a healthy and nutritious meal.

A delicious bowl of lemon chicken quinoa. | Foodal.com

This will keep you full for longer and give you plenty of energy to last through the longer, warmer days of the spring and summer!

Ever considered enjoying these tiny seeds for breakfast? Try our delicious quinoa hot cereal, and enjoy a gluten-free, protein-rich start to your morning.

How do you usually eat your quinoa? Share your recipe ideas in the comments below.


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If you’re trying to curb your between-meals snacking habit, you need to make sure that you’re eating protein-rich food. This recipe for lemon chicken quinoa bowls is packed with protein to keep your tummy satisfied for longer, and give you the energy you need for long days. Are you ready to fuel up on this amazing dish now? Get the recipe from Foodal today!

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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