Aug 3, 2019
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These power-packed buffalo chicken bowls have it all! Full of flavor, easy to make with slow cooker Buffalo chicken, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, and drizzled homemade Ranch! Check out this week’s meal prep assembly of these healthy buffalo chicken bowls:
These buffalo chicken bowls taste incredible, and after we finish making them, it’ll be your new favorite meal prep recipe. It’s everything you need in a meal, with tender chicken, fresh veggies, and rice or cauliflower rice, covered with smoky buffalo sauce and homemade Ranch #getinmybelly!
This impressive meal prep takes less than 10 minutes to assemble, and it makes for an EPIC Whole30 lunch option. For more delicious recipes & ideas to do 30 days of fresh, whole foods with your family click here!
How to Make Healthy Buffalo Chicken
For this healthy buffalo chicken, you won’t find fried wings coated in electric orange sauce. While those are perfectly delicious, I prefer the lighter version with shredded chicken and buffalo sauce.
There are a few ways to make healthy buffalo chicken:
Cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-inch strips. Cook in a greased skillet for 6 minutes, or until the chicken is lightly browned and cooked through, add 1 cup Buffalo sauce and continue to cook while stirring until the chicken absorbs the sauce.
2. Rotisserie Chicken
Remove and shred the meat from one deli-rotisserie chicken. Toss is with 1 cup of Buffalo sauce and voila!
3. Slow Cooker
MY FAVORITE METHOD! Combine 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts with 1 cup Buffalo sauce in the dish of a slow cooker. Cover and set to cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, shred the meat between 2 forks, and toss to coat with this sauce.
I prefer the slow cooker recipe for meal prep since it’s versatile and I can assemble multiple meals from one batch.
Since I use this Buffalo Chicken in both dinners and lunches, I’ll usually double or triple the recipe, to make sure there’s enough to go around. You can also freeze the chicken in single-serve portions so if you want to save some for meals the following week; you’re covered.
What goes in a Buffalo Chicken Power Bowl
While I like to keep traditional buffalo chicken flavors like Blue cheese and Ranch, I thought fresh veggies would add a nice touch to the power bowls.
If you are watching your carbs or going paleo, use steamed cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. It’s how I prep all of these bowls for my office lunch, and it holds up great.
- Rice or cauliflower rice
- Buffalo chicken
- Red onion
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Ranch dressing
How to Build a Power Bowl
So what is a power bowl and what can you put in it?
Let’s start with the first question; a power bowl is a one-bowl meal made up of nutrient-dense foods, including starchy carbs, protein, veggies, and healthy fats. In other words, they are insanely delicious and good for you.
Example: Chipotle Burrito Bowls- rice, grilled chicken or beef, fresh veggies, sour cream, and extra guac. It’s everything we need in a meal in one bowl so all the flavors and textures blend and we practically melt with joy.
These Buffalo Chicken Bowls are the same concept but different ingredients.
The fun part about power bowls is choosing what you put into it.
Usually a starchy carb like- rice, quinoa, farro, oat (not lying, try these Roasted Veg & Savory Oats Bowl and it will change your life). If you want a low carb option, you can substitute cauliflower rice.
Use any vegetable your heart desires, fresh or roasted. I LOVE using roasted veggies like carrots, cauliflower, red cabbage, Brussel sprouts. They add a ton of flavor and help me use up leftovers from dinner.
Grilled chicken, shrimp, steak bites, or salmon, like in these Salmon Rainbow Bowls. Want to keep it vegetarian? Swap the meat with beans, chickpeas, lentils, hummus, cooked tofu, or cheese.
The sauce if what ties it all together! Depending on what kind of bowl you create, dressing such as Ranch, Cilantro Lime Dressing, sour cream, or Sriracha make the perfect drizzle. Other popular ones include homemade Tahini dressing, Asian Sesame vinaigrette, and Cilantro Lime Ranch.
More Healthy Buffalo Chicken Recipes
If you’re looking at this recipe, there’s a good chance you adore all things buffalo chicken. Welcome to the club, because I’m right there with you. Good thing for you, I’ve got some more buffalo infused recipes which I’m sharing below:
- Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza
- Buffalo Chicken Tacos
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
The next two aren’t chicken recipes, but they’re coated in buffalo sauce and intoxicatingly delicious so why not??
If you ask me, you really can’t go wrong with buffalo flavor, on chicken, veggies..or anything!
But today, we’re focusing on these power-packed buffalo chicken bowls. Print the recipe here!
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Power Bowls
- 4 cups cauliflower rice or regular rice steamed
- 2 ½ cups reserved Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken warmed
- 1 avocado peeled, pitted, and diced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- ½ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup crumbled Blue cheese
- ½ cup Ranch dressing
- In 4 separate bowls, divided the steamed cauliflower rice. Top with buffalo chicken, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and blue cheese.
- Drizzle each bowl with Ranch dressing and serve
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