I love cooking and trying new healthy recipes. There’s always the hope that I’ll stumble across one that becomes a new staple in my weekly meal plan. Well I recently found one – the Chicken Mango Superfood Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing. It’s a creamy, flavourful blend of healthy ingredients that is so satisfyingly delicious.
I love recipes like this because it’s easy and versatile. As long as you stick to the main ingredients (the black beans and mango are non-negotiables for me) and the dressing, you can use whatever greens, raw veggies or whole grains that you like or have left in your fridge or pantry. It’s the perfect easy, healthy summer recipe. Enjoy!
Chicken Mango Superfood Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Adapted from ifoodreal.com
1 cup quinoa or long grain brown rice, uncooked
1 small can organic black beans, drain and rinse
4 cups kale or romaine lettuce, stalks removed, finely chopped
1 large ripe mango, peeled & diced
3-4 cups leftover chicken, diced or 6 barbecued chicken thighs
1 small avocado, pitted and sliced
1 cup cilantro, finely chopped (use some as garnish for bowl, and the rest for dressing)
1 cup unsalted roasted cashews, finely chopped
Cilantro Avocado Dressing (see recipe below)
1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
Cook quinoa or brown rice as per package instructions, and make Cilantro Avocado Dressing (this can be done ahead of time).
Chop kale, mango, avocado, cilantro and cashews. Drain and rinse beans. Chop leftover chicken or barbecue thighs.
Divide ingredients evenly among 4 bowls in this order:
- Quinoa or Rice
- Black Beans
- Kale or Romaine
- Drizzle with Cilantro Avocado Dressing
- Drizzle with Hot Sauce
Enjoy warm or cold.
Avocado Cilantro Dressing
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted
½ – ¾ cup warm water (depends how thin/thick you like your dressing)
4 tbsp. cilantro, coarsely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. real maple syrup or raw honey
¾ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper, ground
In a food processor or blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Add to a dish of choice right before serving.
Storage Instructions: Dressing doesn’t turn brown if kept refrigerated in a glass airtight container for up to a few days. Shake before use.