Flavorful chicken, seasoned with a honey chipotle marinade, fresh veggies, and the most delicious spicy lime tahini dressing all come together in this filling and healthy lunch bowl. These bowls are hearty, full of whole grains and veggies, and a filling and delicious way to keep you feeling energized!
The Best Bowl Lunch: Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing
Everything tastes just a little bit better in a bowl, am I right? These honey chipotle chicken bowls are no exception. If I had to dream up the perfect lunch, it would be these hearty bowls. Here’s what they have going on:
Tender and juicy honey chipotle chicken that has been marinated overnight and cooked to perfection
Lots of fresh veggies. I’m talking pickled onions, avocado, crunchy cabbage…all the good things
A spicy lime tahini dressing made with chipotle peppers, plenty of fresh lime juice, and lots of fresh herbs
This recipe is swimming with deliciousness and also a great one to meal prep in advance for your lunch all week. I can promise that you will not get tired of these bowls. Keep reading to learn how to make them!
What You Need for the Most Flavorful Chicken – This Honey Chipotle Marinade
The key to this flavorful bowl is the honey chipotle chicken. Chicken breasts are marinated in a delicious blend of lime juice, orange juice, spices, and honey before being cooked until tender and juicy.
If you are making this recipe for meal prep you can marinate your chicken Saturday night and then cook it for the week on Sunday. Whether you make these exact bowls or not, keeping a flavorful protein on hand like this honey chipotle chicken is a great idea. You can easily use it whip up a quick lunch or dinner when you are running short on time!
For the best results when cooking your chicken breast, I recommend using a heavy bottomed (like cast iron) or non-stick skillet. If you are using a cast iron skillet, don’t skimp on the oil to ensure that the chicken does not stick.
Another tip, if the chicken breast is particularly thick, is to use a sharp knife and split the chicken breast in half to help it cook more evenly. This will help ensure that the chicken is tender and juicy all the way through and not overcooked in some areas while undercooked in others.
A Few of My Favorite Toppings to Load Up Your Bowl
What I personally love about these chicken bowls is how customizable they are. Once you have the chicken prepared it’s just a matter of building your bowl with all your favorite toppings or whatever you have in the fridge at the time. Here are a few of personal favorite toppings to include in my bowls:
The Smoky and Delicious Spicy Lime Tahini Dressing to Drizzle Over EVERYTHING
Alright, so we have flavorful chicken and all the best toppings for our bowl, but what about a sauce to bring it all together? Do not worry, I’ve got you covered with the most perfect spicy lime tahini dressing that is so good that you may be tempted to eat it straight off the spoon. Trust me, this stuff is delicious and not only works perfectly on this bowl but also as a go-to salad dressing.
The easiest way to make this lime tahini dressing is by adding all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and then blending or processing until smooth and creamy. The dressing makes more than enough so you’ll have plenty to drizzle on your bowls or salads all week long.
You’ll store this tahini dressing in the fridge and, because it includes tahini, it will likely thicken up as it chills. If you need to thin the dressing out a bit just add a little bit of water until it reaches the desired consistency.
FAQ: How to Assemble the Perfect Bowl
Alright we’ve got the most flavorful chicken, the perfect toppings, and a creamy and delicious sauce to tie it all together, now it’s time to build our bowls.
Step 1: Start with a base of brown rice. I love the flavor of brown rice in this bowl but feel free to use another grain like white rice or quinoa if you prefer.
Step 2: Next, add the chicken. You can slice it into thin strips or dice it up into chunks – you get too choose.
Step 3: After the chicken, pile on those toppings! Go a little crazy here, ok maybe not too crazy! But seriously, add all of your favorite things.
Step 4: Last, but certainly not least, drizzle as much of that spicy lime tahini dressing as your little heart desires over everything. Then, grab your fork and dig in!
Add all of the chicken marinade ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together until well combined. Add the chicken and let it marinade for thirty minutes or up to overnight.
After the chicken has marinated, discard the excess liquid. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add one tablespoon of oil to the pan. Next add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned and fully cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan. Do not overcrowd the skillet when cooking the chicken to ensure it browns. You may need to cook the chicken in batches.
Make the lime tahini dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients to a high powered blender of food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Assemble your bowls. Start with your grain, then add the chicken, and finally your toppings. Drizzle the lime tahini dressing over everything and enjoy!