Chicken Brown Rice Bowl (copycat Zinque’s Le Bowl)

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This delicious, Chicken Brown Rice Bowl is an easy one-bowl meal with chicken breast, arugula, avocado, tomatoes, Gruyere with a sriracha yogurt sauce.

Chicken Brown Rice Bowl
Chicken Brown Rice Bowl (Zinque’s Le Bowl)

This recipe is inspired by the LA restaurant, Zinque, an easy chicken and rice bowl is perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken (or you can use turkey!). I always keep frozen brown rice on hand to whip up these quick, easy bowls in under 10 minutes. You can check out more Healthy Bowl Recipes here!

Chicken Brown Rice Bowl with sriracha yogurt sauce

Hello, I’m Heather K. Jones! I’m a dietitian, and the nutrition expert for the Skinnytaste cookbooks.

I work with women who struggle with emotional eating, overeating or food or body image issues of any sort, and I have a ton of FREE resources, articles and videos to help you Love Yourself Healthy RIGHT HERE, including this powerful 30-day Master the Weight Loss Mindset Challenge.

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When my sister Lori sent me this copycat recipe from a restaurant in LA, I wasn’t sure about the Sriracha and Gruyere combo. But Lori is a fantastic cook (she even won a cooking contest in Vegas a few years ago!), and she assured me that I would love this bowl—and she was right!

Simple ingredients (chicken, tomatoes, arugula, brown rice, gruyere, Sriracha and yogurt) come together for a surprisingly tasty AND super easy one-bowl meal. But don’t forget this secret ingredient…

I believe that LOVE is the secret superpower in all recipes – food made with love has a different energy and taste. You can definitely feel all of the LOVE that Gina puts into creating all of her Skinnytaste recipes, right!?

I also choose to cook with foods treated with love, including locally grown organic produce and animals that have been humanely raised. I buy a lot from a farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley called PolyFace, who believe “plants and animals should be provided a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness.”

And it’s not just what you eat, but also the state you are in when you eat. Because if you’re feeling angry, guilty, worried or sad when you eat, your body metabolizes food in a very different way.

If you eat while your body is in a stressed-out “fight or flight” mode (called the sympathetic state), your digestive system does not have the ability to process its food appropriately, which can lead to (among lots of other things) weight gain.

The quickest way to get your body into a relaxed parasympathetic state (the “rest and restore” mode) that naturally activates your digestive process is through deep breathing. So, before you eat anything, sit down and simply take a few deep breaths—slowly breath in through your nose, and then push the air out through your mouth.

Taking a few breaths before you eat also puts you in touch with your body’s wisdom. I love this from the awesome mindfulness book, How to Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh: “When we take a moment to sit and breathe before we eat, we can get in touch with the real hunger in our body. We can discover if we’re eating because we’re hungry or if we’re eating because it’s time to eat and the food is there. If we’re paying attention and taking our time, we also know how much to eat.”

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Chicken Brown Rice Bowl (Zinque's Le Bowl)

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455 Cals 48 Protein 33 Carbs 15 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 1 serving
COURSE: Lunch
CUISINE: American
This delicious, Chicken Brown Rice Bowl is an easy one-bowl meal with chicken breast, arugula, avocado, tomatoes, Gruyere with a sriracha yogurt sauce.

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, ore more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon water, to thin

For bowl:

  • 1 ½ cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice
  • 4 ounces cooked skinless chicken breast
  • 1 ounce avocado, cubed
  • 6 grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ ounce shaved gruyere cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine yogurt, sriracha and water.
  • Place arugula in a shallow serving bowl. Layer with rice, chicken, avocado, tomatoes and cheese.
  • Top with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper then drizzle with prepared dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5.5g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 819mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 7g
Blue Smart Points: 7
Green Smart Points: 10
Purple Smart Points: 4
Keywords: chicken and rice bowl, chicken bowls, chicken brown rice bowl, healthy rice bowls with chicken, zinque bowl

 

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15 comments

  1. Super delicious and easy. I crave this disk. Good for lunch OR dinner.

  2. Would it alter the taste if I used fat free geek yogurt ?

  3. Absolutely superb!  Healthy and tasty, what more can one ask for?  I think next time, I’ll cut the sriracha in 1/2 as I don’t like things quite as spicy as my husband, but other than that, this was a quick, easy, healthy, and very tasty dish.  I made this for my family for dinner and was able to customize based on likes and dislikes of my kids.  Not only was it delicious, but it’s an amazing dish to look at.  Presentation was off the charts and fit for company.  Thank you Gina!

  4. Easy to make, full of FRESH flavors, very healthy, and very filling! It’s a win all around.  Such an easy meal to pack and take into work too.

  5. The ease of preparation and short ingredient list made me skeptical about this dish, but it was excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  6. We made this last night and it was super delicious! The combination of flavors was fabulous.

  7. YUM!
    This is delicious and so filling! I made for dinner on a Sunday night and boxed up a couple extra servings for lunch! Love it!

    I am on WW and make tons of Skinnytaste recipes. I love them all but this one is definitely a keeper for ease of prep, flavor, and a hearty recipe that you can adjust to add extra veggies or cut back cheese to reduce points.

  8. YUM. This was a great lunch salad. I love how easy the dressing is!!!

  9. I made this and wow! One of my favorite recipes to date. I seasoned the chicken with parsley, onion and garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cooked it in the air fryer and served warm. Garnished it with crispy jalapeños.

  10. Is the rice cold or hot?

  11. Loved this recipe! Wish I could post a picture.  It was so tasty and made such a satisfying lunch. 

  12. Is there a way I can make this with lower sodium?
    Thanks! Looks delicious!

    • You can use less cheese and sriracha. And if you use a plain chicken breast (instead of chicken from a rotisserie chicken) that will lower it too.