Chile Lemon Rice Bowls
Servings: 5 servings
Chile Lemon Rice Bowls made with chicken thighs in a yogurt marinade with garlic, onion, lemon juice and a combination of vegetables and rice. This recipe uses shredded cabbage to add volume to the meal without increasing the caloric load by too much.Print Recipe Pin Recipe
For the Rice
- 3 cups (450 g) cooked rice
For the Chicken
- 2 lbs (908 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs
- ⅔ cup (150 g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp (8 g) chili powder
- 1 tbsp (8 g) onion powder
- 1 tbsp (8 g) garlic powder
- 1 tsp (6 g) salt
- 1 tbsp (15 g) lemon juice
For the Vegetables
- 2 medium (300 g) bell peppers any color works
- 1 small (125 g) onion
- 12 oz (340 g) shredded cabbage
- 1 (20 g) chile pepper optional
- 1 tsp (3 g) onion powder
- 1 tsp (3 g) chili powder
- 2 tbsp (30 g) oil
- 1 tbsp (15 g) minced garlic
- 1 tbsp (15 g) lemon juice
- 8 oz (227 g) tomato sauce
- 1 small (50 g) tomato optional
- ¼ cup (20 g) chopped cilantro optional
For the Chicken
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (217°C).
- Into a large bowl, add the Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp each of onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder and lemon juice, as well as 1 tsp of salt. Mix to combine.
- Add in the chicken thighs and coat all of the cracks and crevices of the chicken with the yogurt marinade.
- Line a sheet pan with foil and lay the chicken thighs smooth side down on the sheet pan, ensuring enough space between each thigh to promote proper browning.
- Roast the chicken for 10-12 minutes.
- After 10-12 minutes, turn the oven to broil and place the sheet pan on the top rack, under the broiler if it is not already there. Watch the chicken closely as it will be prone to burning.
- Broil the chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side until you are happy with the level of browning on the chicken.
- Once finished, remove from the oven and allow it to rest before cutting into a large dice.
For the Rice
- Cook enough rice to yield 3 cups (450g) of cooked rice. 1 cup of dry rice will make between 2-3 cups of rice depending on what kind you use.
For the Vegetables
- Wash and cut all of your vegetables to prepare for cooking. Cut the peppers and the onion into a medium dice.
- Mince some garlic until you have 1 tbsp worth.
- For the cabbage I use the preshredded stuff in the bag. If you buy a head of cabbage, shred it into thin slices.
- For the chile, you can use a jalapeño, serrano, or a red chile if you decide to use one. It is not necessary for this recipe but if you would like a bit more heat, cut one into a small dice and add it to the vegetables.
- I like to top each dish with cilantro and fresh tomatoes. This is optional. If you decide to do this, roughly chop the cilantro into small pieces and cut the tomato into a medium dice, removing the seeds first from the center.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add about 1 tbsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add in the onion powder and chili powder and allow the spices to bloom for about 30 seconds.
- Add in the remaining 1 tbsp of oil if needed and dump in your onions and peppers. Season lightly with salt and mix the spices into the vegetables.
- Cook the vegetables for about 3-5 minutes and then add in the shredded cabbage and garlic. Mix to combine and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the tomato sauce and stir into the vegetables. Allow this to cook for 3-5 minutes and cook out the raw tomato flavor.
- Add in 3 cups (450g) of cooked rice, all of the diced chicken, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
- This recipe makes 5 servings. Divide the contents of the pan evenly between 5 meal prep containers.
Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 14g
NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR THE Chile Lemon Rice Bowls
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This Post Has 25 Comments
How would I figure out the macros if I use cauliflower rice instead of reg rice? I am new at figuring this all out. Thanks!
Easiest way is to likely get macros for both rice choices, and subtract the difference of the 2 rice choices from the total noted above. It’ll be a ballpark estimate of course but should give you a better idea.
The best way to do it would be to put the ingredients you use into a tracking app like MyFitnesPal or Macro Factor and it will spit out the new info. I’m hoping for that kind of functionality to be built into the website soon but it is no small task haha
Any wait time after applying the marinade or straight to the cooking phase?
It’s much less a marinade as it is a coating. Just lather it on and try to cover as much of the chicken as you can. Source: made it this morning
I wasn’t expecting much from this recipe as rice isn’t my thing, but this meal has changed my mind. It was really flavoursome and filling.
Made this! A nice way to get good carbs, protein and veggies. I skipped the hot pepper and garlic because I didn’t have them on hand but I think it made this lack in the flavor department. I also was lazy and didn’t measure the rice, and I have a hunch that too much rice may have diluted the flavor. Cleary I am bad at following directions. :’) Love your recipes, thanks so much.
I have to say this one was pretty gross. So many amazing other recipes though! However, just not a fan. Won’t be making again
Just became a member after binging all your youtube content, this was first entree I tackled, turned out great. My 3yr old ate everything but the green peppers……..picky kids. lol
Stupid question, but If I tried air frying the chicken instead, would it be cooked at same temperature and length of time? Also YouTube vid says to bake at 400 F, but recipe here says 425
Air fryers will usually cook it faster since they are smaller
It will lose some flavour and maybe a bit “crunch”, but I think I’ll sous vide the chicken to get it super tender 🙂
Also I don’t have to tend to it.
Of course, it will take a bit more work in advance 🙂
Making the recipe now. Noting it says 2 teaspoons of salt for chicken. Yet only see it say add 1 teaspoon to the yogurt mix? So where’s the other 1 teaspoon go? I read down further to add salt and pepper for taste later in the recipe, but surely not a whole second 1 after this far in? Was the 2 a mistake when typing up the recipe or am i missing something?
whoops just a typo, should be 1 tsp
Eating this chicken gives the most pleasure you can get with your clothes on.
Great dish, holds textures/flavors throughout the week. Be sure to cook down the tomato sauce long enough or it will definitely taste “raw sauce like” (Vegetables Step #9)
First time marinating chicken in yogurt. And oh my God! Definitely gonna use this marinade for future meals. Plus I had the benefit of allowing it to marinate overnight, which I’m sure made it better. I’m glad I left the seeds in the jalapeño, it gave that heat boost that I was looking for. I added the garnish of a lemon wedge (like the lime for the firecracker beef) to add a bit more lemon juice after reheating. Very simple dish. Was able to finish it in under 40 mins on my first try.
Loved this recipe, full of flavour and the spice level is perfect.
How long can these store in the fridge, should I freeze immediately or can they last the 5 days?
I eat mine all week without going into the freezer so you’ll be fine placing them into the fridge!
Chicken is by far the best part, it tastes and smells awesome. I found it to be a little dry so I would add a bit of salsa or Sriracha, but I will definitely make this again.
Just made this and all I can say is absolutely delicious! I used a pablano pepper and the heat level was perfect.
This recipe is freaking AMAZING and I’m not ashamed to say that I am having this meal for a third week in a row, possibly again next week. I’m a sucker for rice and gravy and this does the trick. Very well done!
simple, and tasty. plus my son likes it so thats a plus
Really good, looking forward to eating it this week. only gripe is that it is very tomato-y. i either need to cok out the tomato flavor longer of just use less. otherwise my favorite meal so far