You’ve heard about it all over Instagram –the famous BOR, which I believe is bowl of rice, but I consider it to be bowl of random. BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl is EXACTLY that. It began as a bowl of random things I find in my refrigerator, but with these seasonings and toppings, it’s always delicious.
With that, make this your own! Swap out the meat, swap out the vegetables based on what you have in the fridge.. the best part is that I’ve made this low-carb option, so serving the BBQ chicken bowl with sweet potatoes or extra rice is a great option!
What’s are the main ingredients in BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl?
- Grilled Chicken Breast
- Cauliflower Rice
- Frozen Corn
- Bell Peppers
- Shelled Sunflower Seeds
- Taco Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Hughes BBQ Sauce
- Bolthouse Ranch
- Lime Juice (optional)
How do you make the BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl?
This BBQ Bowl is restaurant worthy! You can throw it all together or you can really take your time on presentation… I’m all about fast and easy, so it’s rarely “picture perfect,” but always tasty.
The BBQ grilled chicken bowl is the perfect example of taking advantage of a quick meal prep. If you have grilled (or shredded/cooked chicken) on hand, this meal comes together SO fast. If you don’t have cooked chicken on hand, be sure to grill, bake or air fry chicken to start off. Additionally, I like to add all my on-hand veggies to the air fryer or sauté them to soften them up!
After ensuring your chicken is cooked, veggies are chopped and prepared to your liking (raw, sautéed or oven roasted), it’s time to warm up the cauliflower rice. On top of the rice, add your chicken and seasonings. Top with the remaining vegetables. Finish it off with BBQ sauce and ranch, topped with sunflower seeds, avocado and an optional squeeze of lime juice.
Is Grilled Chicken and Rice Healthy?
Many of you have asked, are rice bowls good for you? The answer is heck yes! This BBQ chicken and rice bowl recipe is the perfect example of why they’re healthy. If you break down the recipe, it’s completely balanced. The cauliflower rice and all the added vegetables is the perfect concoction of micronutrients to increase your vitamin and minerals, but additionally adds some carbs to your diet. In a perfect meal, you would add sweet potatoes or actual rice to increase the carb intake because carbs are your body’s preferred source of energy, so if you have the room in your macros – don’t skip there!
The chicken is the protein source. Protein goals are often hard for individuals to achieve when first starting out in this journey, but chicken is an incredible way to help hit that goal, especially chicken breast. Chicken, lean beef, lean ground turkey and pork are protein sources that are high in protein, but low in carbohydrates and fat – allowing room for extras.
Fat. Yes, fat! It’s an important macronutrient – if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be considered a MACROnutrient. In this recipe, the fat comes from the avocado, sunflower seeds and the ranch.
How can I customize the BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl?
Rather than the BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl, the name of this recipe really should have stayed with the bowl of “whatever you have on hand.” Here’s a few swaps I would consider:
- Protein: Pork, ground beef, ground turkey, shrimp or salmon
- Veggies: Broccoli, broccoli slaw, cucumbers, carrots, okra, any squash, onion, tomato, peas… the list really is endless
- Fat: Sesame seeds, cooking oil, cashews, pecans, cheese, a whole egg, bacon
- Carb: Jasmine or white rice, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, bread/croutons, pasta
Make it your own by adding a different meat, like pork and you’ve just concocted a BBQ Pork Bowl. Add ground beef, Korean BBQ sauce, a fried egg, cucumbers, extra rice, plus top with sesame seeds instead of sunflower seeds and you have the perfect Korean BBQ Bowl. Use this recipe as a base, but roll it all up in a tortilla shell or two and it becomes a BBQ Chicken Burrito!
What are the calories of the BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl?
Did you know the Taco Bell BBQ Chicken Power Bowl is 470 calories with 19 grams of fat, 50 grams of carbs and 26 grams of protein! That’s actually a really great option when you’re out and about, but sometimes 50 grams of carbs and 19 grams of fat is a lot to fit if you’re looking forward to dessert, which I always am.
This BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl has 400 calories, but 45 grams of protein! Plus, with only 20 grams of carbs and 14 grams of fat, there is plenty of room to add extra rice or potatoes.
I can’t wait to see how you make this recipe your own. How can you make this BBQ Bowl, your perfect BOWL OF RANDOM using whatever you have available? Don’t forget to pair it with some dessert – maybe the Healthy Funfetti Cupcakes? Remember to tag @MorganEatsMacros_ , @HaleyNicoleFit and @HNFitCommunity when you make the BBQ Grilled Chicken Bowl, but more importantly be sure to write a quick review when you try it out.
- 120 g grilled chicken breast
- 120 g (1 1/3 c) cauliflower rice
- 30 g (1/4 c) frozen corn
- 20 g avocado
- 40 g (1/2 c) bell peppers
- 55 g (1/2 c) zucchini
- 8 grams (1 tbsp) shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp taco seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
- 30 g (2 tbsp) G. Hughes BBQ sauce
- 15 g (1 tbsp) Bolthouse Farms ranch dressing
- splash of lime juice *optional
- If you don't have cooked chicken on hand, bake, grill or air fry your chicken.
- Add all your veggies to the air fryer or grill/saute them to soften.
- After your chicken and veggies are cooked, it's time to cook the cauliflower rice.
- Add the rice to your bowl, top with chicken, seasonings and veggies.
- Finish it off with BBQ Sauce, ranch and sunflower seeds. For a bit more flavor squeeze a touch of lime juice to top it off!
The best part of this meal is that it's totally customizable to what you have on hand. Use the basis for rice, chicken and seasonings, but switch out the vegetables to what is in season right now.
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Serving Size1 bowl
Amount Per Serving Calories 391Total Fat 13.1gSaturated Fat 23.2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2.3gCholesterol 104.5mgSodium 457.9mgCarbohydrates 23.2gNet Carbohydrates 16.7gFiber 6.6gSugar 7.5gProtein 44.8g