Easy Chicken & Rice Lunch Bowl

This Chicken & Rice Lunch Bowl is perfect for a healthy meal prepped lunch! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Today’s recipe is definitely one of my new favorite ways to enjoy lunch! If you are a meal prep veteran, or just trying it for the first time, I highly recommend adding this into your rotation. Not only is this recipe one of the easiest and quickest meals to throw together, but it provides you with a balanced meal that will keep you full all afternoon. It just doesn’t get better than some chicken, roasted veggies and ancient grains! 

This lunch is one of the most versatile meals you can make. I used rotisserie chicken from Costco (because it’s just so darn easy and delicious!), and roasted a big pan of veggies. This week I roasted some carrots, zucchini and brussels sprouts, but any veggies work. Some of my favorite additions are mushrooms, butternut squash, asparagus and onions. Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to prepare them, because it adds so much flavor and texture, and all you have to do is cut them up, season ’em and throw them in the oven. Easy peasy, amiright?! 

This Chicken & Rice Lunch Bowl is perfect for a healthy meal prepped lunch! | read more at happilythehicks.com

To add some extra texture and healthy carbs into the meal, I used a rice & ancient grains medley that I found at Costco the other day. Y’all… the samples get me every time! When I tried this rice, and heard that it only takes 10 minutes to make, I was sold. And let me tell ya, it doesn’t disappoint! This rice blend was the perfect way to add in some carbs and fiber, and it was worth every penny. 

If you are meal prepping this for the week, make sure you have some containers on hand that you can fill after cooking all the food. This makes it oh so easy to just grab and go when you’re on your way to work! I LOVE using glass containers (like these) for portioning my meals, because I don’t have to worry about damaging the container when I microwave my meal at lunchtime. Glass is the way to go, y’all! 

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Chicken & Rice Lunch Bowl

Chicken & Rice Lunch Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice & Ancient Grains Medley
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots
  • 1 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, mix the dry rice with the water or broth. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  4. Chop the ends off the brussels, remove some of the outside leaves, then slice in half.
  5. Peel the carrots and chop into 1/4 inch sized discs.
  6. Wash the zucchini, then slice each in half long wise. Chop into 1/4 inch slices.
  7. Toss the veggies in Tbsp of olive oil, and sprinkle on the seasonings. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. Turn the broiler on high for 5 minutes to get a little extra flavor and crunch in your veggies.
  8. Portion out your bowls (this makes 4 bowls):
  9. 1/2 cup rice medley
  10. 1 1/2 cups veggies
  11. 1/2 cup chicken
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What is your favorite meal to prep for lunch?
Do you fall prey to samples too? ; )

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  1. Candy Kage

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I always cook extra rice so I have it on hand. I like to roast my veggies and meat in one pan and they go great with rice. Great looking rice bowl.

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Smart idea! I do that occasionally with quinoa on Sunday afternoons. I’m actually doing a veggie & chicken roast tonight for dinner- I love one pan meals!

  3. Victoria

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Definitely going to add this to our menu this week. Easy and healthy! My kind of meal.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Awesome! And I know right?! It just doesn’t get better than an easy and healthy meal you will love!

  5. Marie Ericson

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I love making a big meal on the weekends and then prepping lunches with leftovers for the week! This looks so inviting! I’m a sucker for rice blends :)

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Yes! That’s one of my favorite ways to plan for success throughout the week. And aren’t rice blends amazing?! You’d LOVE this one from Costco.

  7. justine @ sunnyinjune.com

    April 19th, 2017 at 8:05 am

    meal prepping during the weekend and essentially having “leftovers” during the week is. my. jam. it helps me stay on track and make healthier choices. I’m going to add this into the rotation once baby comes and I’m too tired to make food lol

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Oooh yes. I love eating leftovers the next day for lunch- it’s a great way to avoid food waste and makes lunch the next day a piece of cake!
    That’s a great idea! I know you’ll love it. :)

  9. Jessica Bradshaw

    April 19th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    YUM!! I love roasted veggies (specifically that of the Brussels sprouts variety. haha) That sounds so good. I want to make it right now but I am stuck at work. WAH!

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Oh yes! These Brussels I actually made thinking of some I ate at Verts the other day- they were SO SO good. I am glad I like Brussels now.. I used to think they were disgusting haha!

  11. Mom Noms

    April 19th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Drool. I love bowls so much, this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    So do I! Bowls are SO easy to throw together and they are full of flavor!

  13. Harmony at Momma To Go

    April 19th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    that is such a good idea to do the chicken with the roasted veggies. we get those costco chickens often. i usually do chipotle type bowls. im also big into quinoa now!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Mmmm isn’t Costco chicken the best?! And YES I’ve done that before- so yummy! I need to make some homemade Chipotle bowls soon, they sound so good right now.

  15. Mary Leigh

    April 19th, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This looks delicious. So filling and nutritious. Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Oh it is amazing and a great lunch, for sure! Glad you like the recipe!

  17. Rachel Ritlop

    April 19th, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    this looks SO good! I am definitely make this next week! thank you!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Yay!! Hope you love it as much as I do. :)

  19. Shannon @ Lady's Little Loves

    April 19th, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I definitely need more lunch ideas, and this one looks delicious!

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Awesome! I know you’ll love it- it’s SO easy to make, and great for you. :D

  21. Melissa Blake

    April 19th, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Chicken and rice is one of my favorites…what a great idea for lunch!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Mine too! Reminds me of what my mom used to make me when I was younger.

  23. Robin

    April 19th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This reminds me of a meal that Plated had us make this week Рroasted mushrooms & sweet potatoes, pickled cucumbers, saut̩ed spinach, fried rice, and a fried egg on top with a little Sriracha. You can do so much with a grain and some roasted vegetables Рendlessly customizable!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    OMG that sounds AMAZING. And I know right?! So much versatility… the only limit is your imagination. :D

  25. Andrea

    April 19th, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! This looks not only super tasty but also healthy and filling! I will surely give this recipe a try this week (for a nice dinner) :)

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Yes!! It definitely is a winner in my book. And that’s a great idea! I love it when recipes can be used for lunch or dinner depending on when you make them. :)

  27. Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Yum, that looks delish. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Glad you like the recipe! <3

  29. Ohbeehave

    April 19th, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Looks really yummy! Nice and healthy too :)

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks girl! It was so tasty, and I love how guilt free it is.

  31. Ann

    April 19th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I am getting hungry looking at the bowl. I am making this, thank you for sharing .

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Yay! Hope you love it Ann. It’s SO yummy!

  33. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    April 20th, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This looks like a great lunch option. It would be so easy to take this to work and reheat. Sounds easy to make, too! May give this a try over the weekend. :)

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Yes it was! And it was just as good at lunch the next day. Did you give it a try? :)

  35. Vic @ It's Cheat Day Everyday

    April 20th, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Oooh, I could totally meal prep this using cauliflower rice. Yum and YUM!!

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    YES! That’s such a great idea. I’ll have to give that a try the next time I make it. I also found some quinoa pasta at the store the other day that would be fun to throw in instead of the rice. I love how versatile these bowls are!

  37. Taylor Mobley

    April 20th, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    YUM! I am always on the lookout for easy lunch recipes for weekdays, definitely saving this one!!

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Yay! You’ll love this bowl. I got lots of envious eyes during lunch the other day while eating it haha.

  39. Lauren G

    April 21st, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    This looks delicious. Pinned for later :)

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 26th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for pinning Lauren :)

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