Easy Greek Bowl

4.67 from 6 votes

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Discover the ultimate in effortless, healthy eats with my Easy Greek Bowl recipe! Packed with 🍖 protein (around 60 grams) and simple to whip up, it’s a flavorful meal that satisfies both taste buds and 🥬 nutritional needs. Whether you’re a kitchen expert or novice, this dish promises a delicious, fuss-free meal in no time!

Why You’ll Love Easy Greek Bowl

You’ll love this Easy Greek Bowl for its unbeatable convenience—perfect for busy weeknights or quick lunches. With its balanced blend of protein-rich chicken and fresh greens, it’s a satisfying and nutritious meal. The customizable 🥒 toppings allow you to adjust it to your taste preferences or ingredient availability, ensuring every bite is just how you like it.

How to Prepare Easy Greek Bowl

🍚 Cook jasmine rice with a pinch of salt according to package instructions. Set aside. You can also use pre-cooked rice or cauliflower rice.

🐔 Cube chicken breast into equal pieces and season to taste.

🔥 Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken cubes spaced apart to prevent steaming. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Remove from heat and let it rest.

🥬 In a bowl, combine cooked rice, baby arugula, cooked chicken, and desired toppings.

🥒 Optionally, add homemade or store-bought tzatziki and garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy your Easy Greek bowl!

Nonna’s Tip

Make sure to cube the chicken more or less the same size so that they cook evenly. It will steam if the chicken is touching in the pan or overcrowded. I like to space it apart and cook it in batches. Add more oil if you need to or if the pan feels dry.  

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Variations and Substitutions for Easy Greek Bowl

This delicious, healthy, and Easy Greek Bowl is the perfect meal because you can customize it however you want based on dietary preferences and allergies. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments how you make it your own!

  1. Instead of chicken, you can use other proteins such as grilled 🦐 shrimp, tofu, chickpeas, or sliced lamb.
  2. Instead of jasmine rice, you can use quinoa, couscous, bulgur, or farro for a different grain base.
  3. For a low-carb option, replace rice with cauliflower rice or simply skip the grains altogether and make a salad bowl with extra greens and veggies.
  4. If you don’t have arugula, you can use 🥬 spinach, kale, or mixed greens for your Easy Greek Bowl.
  5. Get creative with your toppings! Options include diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, 🫒 olives, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, or avocado slices.
  6. For a vegetarian or vegan bowl, skip the meat altogether and load up your bowl with extra veggies and plant-based protein sources like grilled tempeh or marinated tofu.

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Best Served With

  • A warm and fresh Greek pita (you can warm up the pita in a pan on the stove for a few minutes prior to serving)

Common Questions

What type of tzatziki did you use?

I used my homemade tzatziki, the Easiest Most Delicious Tzatziki. You can also use store-bought tzatziki.

What could I use instead of jasmine rice?

Feel free to use cauliflower rice or leave out the rice completely for your Easy Greek Bowl.

What other toppings can I use?

You can add or take away any toppings you like. For example, you can sub the olives for hummus if you are not a fan of olives. 

How did you cook the chicken?

Make sure to cube the chicken more or less the same size so that it cooks evenly. It will steam if the chicken is touching in the pan or overcrowded. I like to space it apart and cook it in batches. Add more oil if you need to or if the pan feels dry.  

what type of feta did you use?

Feel free to use any feta of your choice for your Easy Greek Bowl. I used Macedonian-Style in this recipe but any will work. 

Do I have to use the arugula?

The baby arugula is optional, you can absolutely leave it out or sub for any other green like lettuce or spinach. 

What can I use instead of chicken?

If you don’t like chicken or want to make a vegetarian or vegan version of this, you can absolutely make this into a veggie bowl by adding some chickpeas instead. 

what should I serve this with?

You can serve this Easy Greek Bowl as is or with a fresh Greek pita. Warm up the pita in a pan on the stove for a few minutes prior to serving. 

What type of salt do you use?

I use Redmond Real Salt, please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be less or more salty. Salt is to taste so please always taste and adjust as you cook.

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Easy Greek Bowl

If you're looking to get in your protein, this bowl has about 60 grams! This easy Greek bowl will satisfy every craving. It’s not only healthy, it’s incredibly fast to make. This bowl will take 15-20 minutes from start to finish and can be customized with toppings of your choice.
4.67 from 6 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz chicken breast , mine was 8oz raw and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided in half
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • ½ cup jasmine rice, cooked
  • 1 handful baby arugula , optional or sub for lettuce
  • ¼ cup tomato, finely diced
  • ¼ cup cucumber, finely diced
  • kalamata olives , measure with your heart
  • ¼ cup feta , any you like, I crumbled mine
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tzatziki , store bought or homemade
  • fresh parsley , for garnish (finely chopped)

Instructions 

  • Cook 1/2 cup dry jasmine rice as per the package instructions. I like to add a big pinch of salt to the water as well. Once cooked, set it aside. You can make rice the night before as well or use cauliflower rice instead.
  • Cube the chicken breast into equal sized pieces so that it cooks evenly and in the same amount of time. Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil and the seasoning, all to taste.
  • In a pan on medium-high heat, add the other 1/2 tablespoon of oil and make sure it heats up. When the chicken is placed, it should sizzle. I like to place the chicken cubes in the pan spaced apart so that the meat doesn’t steam.
  • Cook chicken cubes on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Take it off the heat, cover loosely with foil and let it rest while you assemble the bowl.
  • To a bowl, add the cooked rice, handful of baby arugula, the cooked chicken, and the toppings of choice. You can add as much or as little of everything as this recipe is super versatile.
  • You can dollop on homemade or store-bought tzatziki and enjoy! Finely chopped fresh parsley on top is optional.

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Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 427mg, Potassium: 595mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 568IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 152mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good, down to the tzatziki recipe! I always struggle with trying to figure out what to bring for lunch so I’m often not excited about it. But I made this and couldn’t wait to dig in because it was so colorful. I ended up adding some marinated artichokes and roasted red pepper to mine just to finish up some items in the fridge, and it was delicious. It took me longer than 15 minutes to make this because I didn’t maximize timing with this, but I generally always take longer to make new things anyway so I didn’t mind. I made it with rice, but this recipe is filling for me with just the veggies, so I’m thinking that’ll be how I make this in the future. This will definitely be one of my go-to lunch recipes. It’s a wonderfully customizable dish so I’m excited about swapping in ingredients in future. Thank you for sharing this!