Healthy and delicious Greek Chicken Bowls with marinated grilled chicken, quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and olives in a delicious Greek dressing. Easy to make and great for meal prep.
If you are looking for a new grain bowl, these Greek Chicken Bowls are the answer! Packed with marinated chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, and quinoa all tossed in a delicious homemade Greek dressing and topped with creamy tzatziki sauce.
These bowls are healthy, bursting with flavor, and great for meal prep and easy dinners. Plus they are super versatile. Change up the grains, save time with rotisserie chicken, add extra veggies, and change up the toppings. These can work for everyone.
And they have been saving us lately! Between busy schedules and endless activities, it feels hard to get dinner on the table. But these bowls make it easy.
Set up the rice or quinoa, chicken, and all the toppings. Let everyone build their own bowl, wrap, or salad, and dinner is done.
Why You’ll Love These Easy Greek Chicken Bowls
These bowls are one of our favorite healthy meals. Here’s why!
- Amazing flavors: If you love Greek salads and Mediterranean dishes, this dish has it all with tangy feta cheese, black olives, fresh crunchy veggies, and a delicious homemade dressing.
- Time saving tips: This meal can be made in under 15 minutes by swapping in rotisserie chicken, precooked grains, and your favorite store-bought Greek dressing or marinade.
- Great for meal prep: This meal keeps great in the fridge and tastes delicious cold, room temperature, or warmed up making it a great option for meal prep. Plus it can be served as a hearty grain bowl, salad, or wrap.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here is everything you need to make these tasty Greek grain bowls.
- Chicken: Use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs in this recipe. It also turns out great with rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, or canned tuna for a quicker option. Or use shrimp, chickpeas, tofu, or Greek meatballs. Or use this slow cooker shredded Greek chicken.
- Greek marinade and dressing: This homemade dressing doubles as a marinade for the chicken with olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, dried dill, salt, and pepper. Swap in fresh herbs if you prefer and add extra vinegar if you don’t have any fresh lemon juice.
- Vegetables: Inspired by a classic Greek salad, this tasty bowl has Persian cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. It’s also delicious with bell peppers. Swap in any type of cucumber or tomato you like.
- Pepperoncini: To add some tang, I love adding some pepperoncinis to this dish. Use regular or spicy pepperoncini. If you prefer, swap in capers, banana peppers, or any type of pickles.
- Feta cheese: It’s hard to make anything Greek-inspired without feta cheese. It’s creamy, tangy, and salty. My favorite feta is the kind packed in brine, but any feta cheese will work. Or swap in goat cheese for a milder option.
- Olives: Black Kalamata olives are the classic option in Greek salads, but any olives can be used.
- Grains: To add some extra protein and nutrients, I like to use quinoa in these bowls. Swap in steamed rice, farro, cauliflower rice, or greens. Or consider adding some chickpeas, cooked lentils, or white beans to your grains for extra fiber and protein.
- Tzatziki: This creamy cucumber yogurt dip is a great topping for these bowls. Swap in hummus or tahini or use a combination of all three.
- Shortcuts: Instead of making a homemade Greek marinade and dressing, buy your favorite store-bought opinion. Swap in rotisserie chicken to save time cooking chicken. Use store-bought tzatziki and precooked or frozen grains.
How to Make Greek Chicken Bowls
Follow these simple steps to make these delicious Greek rice bowls.
1. Make the Greek Dressing
Mix together the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, dried dill, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Taste and season to your liking.
If you want to save time, swap in premade Greek dressing or marinade.
One more note. Some people like to add a touch of honey or maple syrup to the marinade. This helps the chicken to brown and adds a touch of sweetness. I find the chicken doesn’t need sweetness, but it’s an option.
2. Marinate and Cook the Chicken
Marinate the chicken in half of this mixture and then save the rest to drizzle on the bowls before serving. Even 15 minutes in the marinade will add a lot of extra flavor to the chicken.
The chicken can be cooked on the grill, in a skillet, or on a grill pan. For all three methods, preheat the pan. Then cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side until lightly browned and cooked through.
Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees and allowed to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
3. Prep the Greek Salad, Toppings, and Grains
While the chicken is marinating, toss together the ingredients for the Greek salad including the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini, black olives, and feta cheese. Taste and season to your liking.
To cook the quinoa, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of quinoa and stir well. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cover the quinoa. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn off the heat. Do not open the lid. Let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork.
4. Assemble the Bowls
Build the perfect Greek chicken bowls with a layer of quinoa. Then add the chicken, Greek salad, tzatziki, and a drizzle of the extra marinade. Add any additional toppings you like.
Best Toppings for Greek-Inspired Chicken Bowls
Toppings are one of the best ways to make these bowls your own.
- Pita chips or pita bread: Add some crunch with storebought pita chips or make your own homemade chips
- Hummus: Choose your favorite flavor of hummus and add a dollop right on the bowls
- Tahini: Use this creamy sesame seed dressing to add healthy fats and flavor to this dish.
- Tzaztiki: This creamy cucumber, lemon, and garlic Greek yogurt dip is delicious in these bowls.
- Romesco: This sauce made with roasted red peppers tastes great with the flavors in this bowl.
- Roasted vegetables: Add more veggies to this bowl with some roasted potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, or cabbage. Or throw in some jarred roasted red peppers or artichokes.
- Harissa or zhoug: Add some spice with some spicy harissa, zhoug, chili crunch, or another hot sauce of your choice.
Recipe Ideas and Variations
Like all bowl recipes, this one is super easy to customize to suit your needs and preferences.
- Low carb and keto: Make this bowl low carb by swapping in cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or greens for the quinoa.
- Use rotisserie chicken: Speed thing sup with rotisserie chicken. Toss it with some of the Greek marinade to make sure it’s full of flavor.
- Change up the protein: Use chicken thighs, ground turkey, ground beef, shrimp, canned tuna, tofu, and basically any leftover cooked protein you have on hand.
- Add more veggies: For quick and easy vegetable options, add raw vegetables like carrots, Romaine lettuce, arugula, shredded cabbage, or bell peppers. Or add some jarred vegetables like roasted red peppers, giardiniera, artichokes, or other pickled vegetables.
- Try a new grain: One of my favorite ways to switch up this bowl is by using farro instead of quinoa. It’s also delicious with rice, couscous, pasta, or barley.
- Add beans or legumes: Add some cooked chickpeas, white beans, or lentils.
- Serve it a different way: Turn this into a giant green salad, tasty wrap, or lettuce wraps.
Meal Prep, Storage, and Leftovers
This Greek bowl is one of our favorite recipes for meal prep since it stores great in the fridge.
- Meal prep: Since this bowl is packed with crunchy veggies, it can actually be fully prepped and stored in the fridge. Then enjoy it cold or at room temperature. If you prefer it warmed up, pack the quinoa and chicken separately so you can heat them before adding the veggies and tzatziki.
- Storing leftovers: Once everything has cooled, this keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days.
- Freezer: The chicken and quinoa can be frozen, but the rest of the dish doesn't freeze well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions about making and serving these Greek bowls.
These grains bowls are a complete meal with chicken, grains, and veggies but you can add a side dish if you like. Consider adding some pita bread, pita chips and hummus, roasted vegetables, or a green salad.
If you are looking for a dairy-free option, leave out the feta cheese and tzatziki. Hummus is a great dairy-free alternative to the tzatziki.
Greek Chicken Bowls (Grilled or Rotisserie Chicken)
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- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (sliced horizontally for thicker chicken breasts)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 2 cups Persian cucumbers, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup pepperoncini, chopped
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (or rice, farro, cauli rice)
- 1/2 cup tzatziki (homemade or store-bought)
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When ready to cook the chicken, remove the chicken from the marinade. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through Exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken breast. Let the chicken rest and then slice or chop it into bite-sized pieces.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
Time-saving shortcuts: Use rotisserie chicken, Greek salad dressing, precooked quinoa or rice, and packaged tzatziki or hummus to save time.
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