Healthy Honey Roasted Vegetable Chicken Quinoa Bowls make for the best lunch or dinner. This recipe uses oven baked chicken, roasted vegetables and a homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette over top of fluffy quinoa. Serve it warm or cold for an amazing and easy to make meal prep recipe to enjoy all week long.
Just wholesome goodness.
This healthy quinoa salad-esque dinner or lunch is one that I never get tired of. It’s a perfect combination of vegetables and chicken and grains (and really of carbs and protein and healthy fats too) and couldn’t be easier to make!
This recipe is completely gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, peanut free and yeast free. It can be made vegetarian/vegan by leaving out the chicken and nut free by leaving out the walnuts/pecans. There are about 2 servings of vegetables per portion.
MORE ABOUT THESE ROASTED VEGETABLE CHICKEN QUINOA BOWLS…
There are so many stars in this dish it’s had to pick a favourite. The quinoa. The vegetables. The chicken. The dressing.
I used tri-coloured quinoa (as pictured here) but plain fluffy, white quinoa works just as well. But if you haven’t ventured into the realm of tri-coloured quinoa you should do it! It has amazing texture, an amazing nuttiness, is incredibly pretty and an overall great way of jazzing up dinner this week.
My vegetables of choice here are broccoli, peppers and onions mostly because they are all amazing when roasted up. Roasted broccoli. Roasted red pepper. Roasted onions. Yes. Yes. And yes! Any combination of vegetables would work here especially if they are in season. Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini’s, cherry tomatoes… I could go on forever. (And if you love roasted vegetable you have to check out this recipe!
The dressing here is a classic and one that I make each and every week – a super simple honey balsamic vinaigrette. Honey, balsamic, olive oil, and Dijon mustard (a secret/not so secret ingredient that keeps the oil and vinegar emulsified) – it’s simple, delicious and so easy to make.
And the chicken – roasted to perfection. Chicken isn’t an ingredient that has made it into too many nourished recipes but it fits in so well here and makes the bowl a power bowl. To keep this quinoa bowl vegetarian you can definitely substitute chickpeas or do extra nuts or just leave it out altogether and do the veggies and quinoa.
Whether you serve this one warm or cold, have it for dinner or make it as a make-ahead meal for all week long these quinoa bowls are a simple and insanely delicious gluten free and dairy free recipe.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THESE ROASTED VEGETABLE CHICKEN QUINOA BOWLS…
When I was first getting started in the kitchen, you know, trying to cook healthy meals for myself and what-not, a roasted veggie quinoa salad was probably the second ‘recipe’ I conquered that made me feel like a rockstar in the kitchen. (The first being some variation of this Chickpea Salad.)
And I say recipe loosely because there was no recipe – Pinterest way barely a thing back then (ugh – am I really getting to be that old?) and said roasted veggie quinoa salad was really just a mess of a handful of ingredients thrown together in a bowl that I thought could maybe taste OK together.
And by mess I mean it was only recently that J started enjoying the roasted veggie and quinoa combo without that classic “I don’t know about this” look on his face with every bite.
With all that said, roasted veggies + quinoa + me have come a loooong way since that first bowl of mess. Because here we are today with this delicious, could eat it for 5 days in a row and still love it, Roasted Vegetable Chicken Quinoa Bowls. Still not the prettiest salad going. Still just kind of a mess of things thrown together in a bowl. Still proof that if you dream of becoming a confident, healthy home cook all you need is a little practice.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do! If you give these Roasted Vegetable Chicken Quinoa Bowls a try let me know in the comments below and be sure to share a picture on social media using the tags @nourishingblog and #alwaysnourished. I love to see what you’re cooking!