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This High Protein Chicken Bowl is a nutrient-packed dish, including spicy chicken, savory sweet potatoes, black beans, and toasted pumpkin seeds. It's drizzled with a cashew lime crema and will soon become one of your favorite go-to dishes for extra protein.

High Protein Chicken Bowl with Cashew Lime Crema

This High Protein Chicken Bowl is a nutrient-packed dish, including spicy chicken, savory sweet potatoes, black beans, and toasted pumpkin seeds. It's drizzled with a cashew lime crema and will soon become one of your favorite go-to dishes for extra protein.

Categories Bowl, Chicken, Clean Eating, gluten free, High-Protein, Meal Prep
Difficulty Easy
Keyword protein bowl, protein bowl recipes, protein bowls
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal
Author Lacey Baier

Ingredients

For the Cashew Lime Crema Sauce

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk plus more as needed
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice (approx. 2 limes)
  • 1/4 large avocado
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the Cilantro Lime Rice:

  • 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (approx 1 lime)
  • 4 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), raw
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (approx 1/2 lime)

For the Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1/4 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions

For the Cashew Lime Crema Sauce

  1. Add the cashews into a small bowl and cover with the boiling water. Soak for 1 hour, then drain.

  2. Add all of the cashew cream ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Add enough milk to get desired smooth consistency.

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  1. To roast the sweet potatoes, preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  

  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil and seasonings. Place on the prepared baking sheet and roast in preheated for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.

For the Cilantro Lime Rice:

  1. To make the cilantro lime brown rice, combine the brown rice, low sodium chicken broth, sea salt, and freshly squeezed lime juice in a deep stock pot and bring to a simmer. 

  2. Cook until the liquid is completely absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender, about 25-30 minutes. Then, toss in freshly chopped cilantro and stir to combine.

For the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  1. Reduce heat from 425 degrees F to 350 degrees F once the sweet potatoes are done, and line another rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the ingredients for the pepitas in a small mixing bowl.  Mix until fully combined, and then spread over the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Roast for 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway.  Then, remove from oven and cool.

For the Chicken:

  1. Make the seasoning blend for the chicken in a mixing bowl by combining the cumin, paprika, chili powder, powdered garlic, and granulated onion in a small bowl.  Coat the chicken well.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the seasoned chicken and cook until golden-brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side.  Them, remove from the skillet and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing into thin slices.

For the Bowl:

  1. Start with filling the bottom of a bowl with the cilantro lime rice, then add the cooked black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and sliced chicken over the top.  Drizzle with the crema and top with the pumpkin seeds.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
High Protein Chicken Bowl with Cashew Lime Crema
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.2g16%
Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 299.1mg12%
Carbohydrates 40.7g14%
Fiber 8.1g32%
Sugar 5.9g7%
Protein 21.9g44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.