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Easy Chicken Southwestern-Style Bowl

Updated: Jun 24

I'm welcoming you to my new series called, "We Have Food at Home" because we should learn to use up the food in our fridges before grabbing more groceries or eating out. As a content creator I do get overwhelmed sometimes trying to figure out what recipes to make for you guys, so I thought to myself, why not start making recipes on a whim that way the recipe is naturally made and I use food that's sitting in my fridge, instead of going out and buying things just to make one or two recipes. This way you also get to see how I come up with recipes for myself that are still balanced and nutrient-dense.

This first recipe of this series is my Easy Chicken Southwestern-Style Bowl and it's one of the easiest dinners I've whipped up in a while. Typically, I see Southwestern-style bowls made of black beans, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, avocado, ground beef/chicken, so I my recipe is based on what I had in my fridge and pantry. My base of the recipe was cabbage because I didn't have lettuce, and it's a great substitution. I used sweet potato for my source of carbs/fiber. I used kidney beans instead of black beans, for my source of legumes/fiber. Then I added in green bell pepper and corn as my sources of vegetables. Some like to use ground beef or ground chicken, but since I had chicken breast, I used that. To personalize the bowl I added fresh avocado, lime, and cotija cheese on top. You can know see how my brain was working when I made this recipe. Feel free to customize it and make it your own.

To make matters simpler, I roasted the sweet potato and chicken in the oven first so they cook faster rather than having them on the stovetop. While the sweet potato and chicken breast were roasting, I sautéed the corn, bell pepper, and kidney beans to make it more of a warm Southwestern-style bowl. Then, I added in the sweet potato and chicken into the same frying pan once they were done cooking. I coated the sweet potato and chicken with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder only because once I added them into the frying pan with the rest, I seasoned it with paprika, chili powder, and cumin for some extra flavor. Again, it's up to you on how you want to season your foods, but definitely make sure to do so!

Yields: 1

Portion: 1 bowl

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

This recipe is gluten free and can be easily dairy free if you opt out of the cotija cheese.



1 chicken breast

1 sweet potato, cubed

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt, black pepper, garlic powder

2 cups shredded cabbage

¼ green bell pepper, finely diced

½ cup frozen corn kernels

½ 15oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Paprika, chili powder, cumin

½ avocado, thinly sliced

Cotija cheese to garnish

Juice of 1 lime



1. Prep sweet potato and chicken: preheat oven to 400. Add sweet potato and chicken breast to baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Mix the seasonings in well. Bake until chicken breast is white on the inside and sweet potato is tender, 15 minutes.

2. Prep other veggies: have the cabbage, avocado, and green bell pepper prepped. After place frying pan onto stovetop on medium high heat once the sweet potato and chicken have been roasting for 10 minutes. Drizzle in a tbsp of olive oil. Once you can smell the olive oil, add in green bell pepper. Stir for a minute, add in corn and red kidney beans. Allow them to sauté for 5-8 minutes.

3. Add sweet potato and chicken: once they're done roasting, chop the chicken breast into cubes and add them into the frying pan. Stir them in well. Season with a dash of salt, ¼ tsp paprika, a dash of chili powder and ¼ tsp cumin. Add more if you'd like. Stir well and allow the mixture to sauté for another 3-5 minutes.

4. Serve: add cabbage to a bowl. Add cooked mixture on top. Garnish with avocado slices, cotija cheese, and juice of lime onto bowl. Add as much or as little cotija cheese as you like, or opt out if you're dairy free. Enjoy!

I hope you love this Easy Chicken Southwestern-Style Bowl recipe as much as I did, so if you do, please leave me a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I always read through my suggestions and comments, so please let me know your thoughts. If you have any questions you can feel free to DM me here or through Instagram. Speaking of Instagram - please tag me in all of your creations! I love seeing how the recipes come out and seeing how talented you all are. Sending my love.



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