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Perfectly Spiced Harissa Chicken Buddha Bowls


It’s a meal prep Sunday recipe: Harissa Chicken Bowls. This might be a new staple. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste that goes perfectly with chicken. You can make it from scratch or you can be lazy like me and use a pre-made one like Trader Joe’s. Greek yogurt cuts the spiciness and adds a little tang. I love how fresh these bowls are by using cucumbers, chickpeas and cauliflower as the “rice.” You could also try some avocado tzatziki for dairy-free action and added creaminess.

Ingredients (serves 4).

  • 2 c shredded chicken
  • 4 T harissa like Trader Joe’s
  • 4 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 package (10 oz) cauliflower rice
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 T non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Dried dill to garnish


  1. If you haven’t already, bake chicken breasts and set aside 2 c of shredded chicken.
    1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Line roasting pan with foil.
    2. Place chicken breasts in lined pan. Lightly sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 15-20 min or until internal temp of each breast is 165º F and chicken is until cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool before shredding.
    3. With 2 forks, shred chicken breasts, and measure 2 c of shredded chicken.
  2. Steam cauliflower rice according to package directions. Divide 3/4 c evenly between 4 servings.
  3. Repeat with drained chickpeas, and serving will be just less than 1/2 c per bowl.
  4. Add 1/2 c of shredded chicken and top with 1 T of harissa per serving. Toss well so chicken is evenly coated with harissa.
  5. Top each bowl with 1 sliced mini cucumber and 1½ T plain Greek yogurt.
  6. Sprinkle each bowl with dried dill to garnish.
  7. Enjoy!

Adapted from Skinny Taste‘s “Easy Shredded Harissa Chicken.”

Nutrition for 1 bowl.
370 calories  •  7.1 g fat (17%)  •  33.6 g carbs (36%)  •  42.8 g protein (46%)  •  7.1 g fiber  • 3.7 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.




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