15 Minute Dinner: Chicken Power Bowls - Danielle Walker

Whenever I poll you on what you’d like to see more of, the answer is always resounding: quick and easy dinners. And I get it! I too am in a season of life where I want to make wholesome, healthy meals for my family, but scheduling often leaves little time to make that happen. You all know I lean on meal prepping heavily, but some nights (weeks?) that’s just not in the cards. And that’s where this meal comes in. My 15 Minute Dinner: Chicken Power Bowls check all the boxes — delicious, nutritious, simple, and FAST. 

Power Bowl Recipe

Power Bowls are dishes packed with protein, vegetables, and then often a grain. In this recipe you have the option to use rice, or you can easily make these grain-free by using cauliflower “rice” as the base. Power bowl recipes get a lot of their flavor from their sauce and this recipe is no different! 

above shot of chicken power bowls in skillet on a counter

Easy Sauce for Chicken 

Once your ground meat is cooking, you’ll whip up a delicious simmer sauce. It uses simple ingredients and honestly you can even eyeball instead of measuring! The sauce for this 15 Minute Dinner is a perfect blend of savory with a touch of sweetness. The coconut aminos and fish sauce bring that salty element; and the orange juice and coconut sugar give a touch of sweet. The sauce steams with the veggies and chicken and creates a flavorful dinner in just 15 minutes start to finish! 

Above shot of broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms on a wooden cutting board

Easy High Protein Meal Prep

I love that this meal is balanced — it’s high protein, but also veggie heavy. Speaking of, you can feel free to use whatever veggies you’ve got already in your fridge! This recipe is very flexible that way. 

If you need dinner in even less than 15 minutes and want a few shortcuts, here are some ideas:

  • Buy pre-cut veggies from the store to reduce prep time
  • Use frozen cauliflower rice
  • Sub pre-cooked chicken sausage or small frozen shrimp to reduce simmer time needed
  • Mix up your sauce ahead of time

Close up shot of chicken power bowls on the counter

Make Ahead Meals with Chicken 

This entire meal can also be made ahead of time! If you have time in the afternoon before heading out to the carpool shuffle or practices and know you’ll be home late, this is a great one to make completely ahead and then reheat. You can store the meat and sauce with the rice or cauliflower rice, or you can store them separately. It’ll reheat in a matter of minutes either way. So easy! 

Protein Dinner Ideas

Here are some more high-protein dinner ideas for you! 

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Pasta

image of buffalo chicken spaghetti squash pasta in a gray bowl on a table

Paleo Jerk Chicken image of sheet pans of paleo jerk chicken wings and roasted broccoli

Paleo BBQ Bacon Burger Bowls

 

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15 Minute Dinner: Chicken Power Bowls

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Brown 3 pounds ground chicken in a tablespoon of avocado oil. If you don’t have a meat masher you’re missing out. 
  2. While that cooks, whisk your sauce ingredients (1 cup coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, and 1 ½  tablespoons coconut sugar). 
  3. Add the sauce to the chicken and let it simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. While that simmers, cut up whatever veggies you have on hand. I used broccoli, mushroom, and zucchini. Add them to the chicken and cover to steam (use a sheet pan if you don’t have a big enough lid for your pan) for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp tender.
  5. Add some freshly grated ginger (see my reel for keeping it in the freezer! It’s a game changer) over the top and serve over cauliflower rice or jasmine rice.

 

2/21/24

15 Minute Dinner: Chicken Power Bowls

Above shot of two power chicken bowls on a white table cloth on the counter

COMMENTS

  1. NP says:

    Whole family loved, but definitely took more than 10 mins to cook 🤣

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Depending on how you like your veggies, it may take longer to cook. I like mine crispy so ten minutes was all I needed!

  2. Elaine says:

    There is something seriously wrong with the amounts in this recipe. Please re-examine the amounts. I agree with the previous comment about the cooking time as well.
    I used 1 lb. of ground chicken, not 3 lbs. And 1 cup of coconut aminos would have made it too salty. The salty taste needs to balance with the sweet (sugar) and sour/umami (fish sauce). I increased the amount of fish sauce as well. With the changes I made, it tasted great.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! As with any recipe, please remember that the ingredient amounts are proportional. So if you reduce the amount of chicken from 3 lbs down to 1 lb, then you also have to reduce all other ingredients by 1/3. So for 1 lb of chicken, you’d only use 1/3 cup of aminos, not 1 cup. And time depends on how cooked you like your veggies – I like mine very crisp so if you want yours softer, they will take longer to cook than the estimated time.

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