Inspired by the heartiness of chicken chipotle, today’s chicken bowl dish gives you a more accessible and healthier version to enjoy on any occasion.
We air-fry chicken thighs until the skin is crispy and the interior remains juicy and tender. To assemble this chicken goodness, we layer fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, and blistered chicken on top of a bowl of steamy white rice. A drizzle of homemade ketchup yogurt sauce to tighten all the ingredients, and your chicken goodness is ready for serving.
Is This Chicken Recipe Healthy?
Our chicken bowl dish guarantees a nutritious meal for your healthy meal list.
Let’s further investigate its nutrition profile, shall we?
We choose chicken thighs for this recipe as this low-calorie cut is an impressive source of high-quality protein. Specifically, 3.5 oz of chicken thighs has around 17.3 g of protein, which offers many health benefits. Plus, we go with the air-frying technique instead of deep-frying to reduce the amount of added fat. Hence, one serving has only 507 calories and 5.6 g of saturated fat—within the limit of our nutrition guidelines.
Our chefs also combine a variety of vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, corn, black beans, etc.) to boost your daily vitamin intake.
We keep the list of ingredients simple and customizable:
Chicken: Belonging to the same dark meat category as drumsticks, chicken thighs are juicier and more flavorful than other cuts. Plus, the versatility of chicken thighs finds its way into many recipes—grilled, stewed, or air-fried dishes.
Lettuce: We adore the crispiness and bittersweet taste of romaine lettuce. However, if you are a big fan of greens, try a fusion of iceberg, romaine, and red lettuce in your chicken bowl—triple the flavor and texture.
Cherry tomatoes: The mesmerizing red hue of ripe tomatoes gives a pop of color to your chicken feast. Flavor-wise, cherry tomatoes have a more concentrated sweetness and tangier aftertaste than regular-sized ones.
Canned black bean: Apart from adding more filling, its nuttiness helps tone down the acidity of citrus juice.
Corn: We use fresh corn kernels for this recipe. However, if you have canned or frozen corn on hand, give them a little prep, and they are good to go.
Red onion: Red onion is one of the most frequently-used add-ins for a fresh salad. Its flavor profile shares some similarities to that of white onion—subtle sweetness with a mild kick.
Lime juice: Combining lime juice in your marinade helps tenderize the chicken, allowing other seasonings to absorb better into the flesh.
Spices: To build up the flavor of the chicken thighs: mix together cumin, paprika, black pepper, oregano, salt, and garlic powder.
Herbs: Oregano introduces an earthy and camphor note to your spice blend.
Sauce: Our chefs whisk together Greek yogurt, ketchup, and mayonnaise for a quick-and-easy condiment.
Rice: Other great substitutes for white rice are brown rice, black rice, cauliflower rice, and quinoa.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
1. How to Store
We recommend preparing enough for one sitting as air-fried chicken and cooked rice may be a little tricky to store. Don’t leave your leftovers at room temperature for more than 2 hours as this will cause bacteria growth.
Instead, divide your leftovers into smaller portions, place them in different microwave-safe air-tight containers, and keep them in the fridge. They should last from 2 to 3 days.
2. How to Reheat
When serving, separate the vegetables and only reheat the rice and chicken in the microwave at ‘high’ for 2 minutes.
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This 30-minute chicken bowl dish compiles chicken thighs, crunchy lettuce, juicy cherry tomatoes, and other ingredients for a vibrant, sumptuous meal. Requiring minimal prepping and cooking skills, even beginner-level home cooks can master this recipe.
Slice away and discard the root part of the romaine lettuce. Roughly chop the lettuce leaves into strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
Half the red onion lengthwise and slice off the root and head. Grip the half by the side and make 1/8-inch slices across the half.
Cook the rice using a rice cooker or an Instant Pot.
Make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup, 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt, and 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise.
Season the chicken thighs: On a large platter, add 14 oz chicken thighs, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tbsp lime juice, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Gently massage the seasonings onto both sides of each chicken thigh.
Cook the chicken thighs: Line the air-fryer basket with parchment paper for easy cleanup (optional). Air-fry the well-seasoned chicken thighs at 400℉ for 12 minutes. Remove them from the basket and set them aside to cool.
Slice the chicken thighs: Use a sharpened knife to cut each chicken thigh crosswise into smaller pieces.
Assemble the chicken bowl: Arrange the ingredients accordingly into 4 bowls: 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice, 6 oz halved cherry tomatoes, 2 oz romaine lettuce, 2 oz corn, 2 oz canned black bean, 1 oz red onion, sliced cooked chicken thighs, and 1/4 cup coriander. Drizzle the sauce all over and enjoy!
How to Make Chicken Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 507Calories from Fat 203
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5.6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Vitamin A 1749IU
Vitamin C 13mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.