BBQ Chicken Bowl

I absolutely love salads! If you are like me and love a good, filling, healthy salad, you’re going to fall head over heels with this salad! It is so satiating, you’ll be craving this bowl of deliciousness all the time!

It has kale in it, personally I love kale so much, but I also like my kale to be soft, so I usually like using tuscan kale (or dino kale) which is that darker version that looks different than the curly kale. If you are not used to using kale, chopping it can get tricky. If you have your own method of chopping kale use that, if not, I will share my method underneath the instructions below. Once you figure out which chopping method works best for you, it only gets easier. This meal works great for lunch or dinner, so grab your favorite bbq sauce and let’s make some bbq chicken!

Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 15 Minutes
Serves: 2Total Time: 25 Minutes
1 lb chicken breast
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (my favorite is this one)
1 cup quinoa (my favorite is this one)
2 cups water
1 tsp salt (my favorite is this one)
4 cups chopped tuscan kale (or dino kale)
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tbsp your favorite bbq sauce (I like A1)

1. Place the chicken in a gallon size ziplog bag or any container, and
add spices and the olive oil.
2. Spread it around to get the marinade all over the chicken breast.
3. Set aside in at room temperature. (about 30 minutes to an hour)

1. Thoroughly wash kale and dry it with a paper towel.
2. Put a few bunches of kale together and finely chop it to thin strips (about 1/4 inch wide) *See note below
3. Place chopped kale in a large mixing bowl. (Such as this one)
4, Add olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss together until everything is thoroughly combined, set aside.

1. Thoroughly wash quinoa in a large metal sieve (I use this one) and place in a medium saucepan with the water.
2. Bring quinoa to a boil (start with high heat until it bubbles)
3. As soon as it boils, add salt and bring temperature down to medium (stir ever 4-5 minutes)
4. Keep checking on the quinoa, and turn heat off as soon as all the water is gone from the bottom of the saucepan.
5. Set aside to cool.

Bringing it all together
1. Once your quinoa is cooked, you can focus on the marinated chicken.
2. In a large pan on medium heat, add olive oil and marinated chicken breasts.
3. Cook chicken on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side.
*To check for readiness, take out one chicken breast and slice straight down the middle,
check the color of the inside of the chicken, it should look cooked without no visible pink color.
4. Once chicken is cooked slice them into thin 1 inch strips.
5. Take out 2 serving bowls, add the kale you made earlier evenly onto each bowl.
6. Add sliced, cooked chicken on top of the kale.
7. Add cooked quinoa evenly on top of the kale.
8. Add your bbq sauce and enjoy!

*Notes for chopping kale, here is my method:
I place a few kale leaves on top of each other and start chopping from the top part of the kale (away from the stem). As soon as I notice the stems getting thicker (halfway through the center) I stop chopping, pull out just the leaves, discard the stem and continue chopping the remainder of the leaves. If you like your salad you extra crunchy, there is nothing wrong with leaving the stems on, it’s all a matter of preference.

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Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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