This is a copycat recipe of First Watch®'s Quinoa Power Bowl. I think you are really going to enjoy this protein-packed quinoa mixed with grilled chicken, lemon, feta, roasted tomatoes, and shredded carrots. The recipe is quite simple, and the dish is a complete meal all-in-one, so it takes the guesswork out of what side dishes to prepare to ensure a balanced meal of protein, whole grains, and fresh veggies.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Quinoa:
Lemon Dressing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chicken stock and quinoa in a large pot over high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

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  • Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and salt in a small bowl to make lemon dressing.

  • Stir lemon dressing, chicken, water, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, half-and-half, carrots, pesto sauce, and oregano into the cooked quinoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy, about 15 minutes. Spoon into individual bowls.

Cook's Note:

I use fully cooked frozen grilled chicken strips that I defrost in the microwave.

Nutrition Facts

575 calories; protein 30.8g; carbohydrates 38.8g; fat 33.2g; cholesterol 94.7mg; sodium 1203.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2019
With Power Bowls on so many menus now I wanted to try making this at home. I think it could use a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. I didn t have feta on hand and when I make it again I ll be sure to have it since I think it s a key ingredient. Loved the lemon dressing. Will make again for sure. Would be good with salmon or shrimp too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2019
With Power Bowls on so many menus now I wanted to try making this at home. I think it could use a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. I didn t have feta on hand and when I make it again I ll be sure to have it since I think it s a key ingredient. Loved the lemon dressing. Will make again for sure. Would be good with salmon or shrimp too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2021
This is my first time leaving a review for a recipe, but I just had to make an account and do so. THIS WAS SO GOOD. After the first few bites I stopped to send this recipe to my friends and family as well as leave this comment. Also I added some kale to mine~ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2019
I liked it a lot.. It has a really nice bright lemony flavor. I had 10 minute quinoa which I took out of boil in bags and used as if regular quinoa. It worked fine Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2021
I used “boil in bag” quinoa, and it worked well. I also subbed black beans for the chicken. It was very good! Next time I may sub Rotel for the diced tomatoes. Read More
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