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Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowls

These Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowls are a big, hearty, satisfying meal - full of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 teaspoons southwest seasoning, divided (I use McCormick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup drained & rinsed canned black beans
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • A sprinkle of garlic powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 6 oz peeled and sliced ripe avocado
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the raw chicken pieces into a Ziploc bag and sprinkle with 4 teaspoons of the Southwest seasoning. Seal the bag and shake/massage until the chicken is coated with the seasoning.
  • Bring 1 teaspoon of the canola oil over medium heat in a medium sized skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and stir them around to coat with oil. Arrange them into a single layer and cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken to a side plate.
  • Keep the skillet over medium heat and add the beans, corn and garlic. Stir together and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • To make the dressing, in a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt with the remaining 2 teaspoons of southwest seasoning, the lime juice, the vinegar and the garlic powder. Stir together and then add 1-2 tablespoons of water to reach your desired creamy consistency.
  • To build each quinoa bowl, combine ½ cup cooked quinoa (can be warm or room temp), 3.5 oz cooked southwest chicken, ¼ cup of the beans and corn mixture, 2 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes, 1.5 oz of avocado and 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Garnish with a lime wedge to squeeze over the top and serve. Makes 4 bowls/servings.

Notes

MyWW SmartPoints per serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 10 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 3 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
10 per serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)
Nutrition Information per serving:
413 calories, 34 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 15 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 36 g protein, 8 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)