Honey Chili Chicken Rice Lunch Bowls with Avocado Crema

Things are getting seriously dangerous around here. 

Both of my brothers went down with the flu.

So basically, walking around my house now feels like being on a war zone with germs flying by instead of bullets. I’ll be the next, I can feel it.

You guys, I hate, like really really dislike being ill. Catching that nasty flu would mean missing at least a week of studying, blogging, eating good food (it all tastes like garbage and it’s not as if I was able to taste it anyway), having to miss my beloved long runs, lose muscle tissue and obviously, feel crappy and dirty all. the. time.


Odd as it sounds, I actually know people who would love to spend some days lying in bed without having to move, do homework and washing their hair (seriously, the part where I feel so weak that I can’t get off the bed to wash my hair is my least favorite one!). But not me, guys. If I end up going down with the flu, I’ll make sure you’ll all hear me cry overseas.

 

 

Let’s say that my google search bar looks something like that now:

“Can I get the flu by looking at someone who is infected?”

“How can I prevent catching the flu from a family member?”

“How many squats do I have to do in order to get strong enough not to catch the flu?”

“Superfoods to eat not to catch the flu?”

“Is it ok to hide in my room and avoid all human contact until the flu is over this season? If so, can I go outside to get food?”

And so on. I’m really worried in case you can’t tell.

I think that mum is coming next. Don’t ask me why, but I can feel it. Female intuition, a sixth sense, whatever you name it, but mark my words: she will be the next one getting sick.

*Mum, if you’re reading this, go hide in your room to be safe. I’ll bring you food as soon as I can get myself one of those fancy gas masks*

Whatever. When she’s out of the game, I’ll be the one in charge of all the family meals which obviously means that will be having this Skillet Lasagna for dinner every single day of our lives (or until the break is over, yo) and this Honey Chili Salad Bowls for lunch.

Oh boy, they’re SO GOOD.

Calling all the sweet+salty+spicy lovers out there. This one’s for you! These salad bowls are perfection in lunch form. 

The moment I saw all those lovely lunch bowls all over Pinterest, I knew it was a bandwagon I had to jump on.

 

 

This one is easy and quick to make, yet it still tastes impressive enough to look like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. There’s chicken glazed in honey+chili sauce, sautéed mushrooms and butternut squash, roasted cashews, salty feta, warm wild rice, lots of leafy greens and then the most delicious and vibrant avocado cream you’ll ever put into your mouth.

I saw that crema in lots of blog too, and obviously, I needed to follow that trend as well duh.

Too bad I want to slather that stuff on everything that gets on my way. Toast? Sure. Salads? Yup. Polenta? You betcha. My pillow? Yeah it will probably look a lot better with a layer of avocado cream.

You think I’m kidding here, but that cream is that good.

These bowls are definitely something that you need in your life like the air you breath. Or even more maybe, because, tell me,  does air even taste like honey+chili? No? You see now why  these salad bowls are better, right?

 

Honey Chili Chicken Rice Lunch Bowls with Avocado Crema
Serves 3
Sweet, salty and delicious, these lunch bowls look impressive but they're SO easy to make actually!
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Total Time
20 hr
Total Time
20 hr
Ingredients
  1. 150 grams leafy greens
  2. 1 cup cooked wild rice
  3. 150 grams mushrooms
  4. 150 grams butternut squash
  5. 200 grams chicken breasts
  6. 1/8 cup roasted cashews
  7. 1/8 cup crumbled feta
  8. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  9. 1 teaspoon raw honey
  10. 2 teaspoon olive oil (divided 1+1)
For the avocado crema
  1. 1/2 a small avocado
  2. 2 tablespoons fat free greek yogurt
  3. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  4. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook wild rice according to packcage directions.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a sauce pan and sautee chicken (which has to be cut into strips) for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. Add chili powder and honey and sautee until golden.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and without washing it so it keeps the honey flavor, add cubed butternut squash and sliced mushrooms. Sautee until done.
  5. For the avocado crema, mash a ripe small avocado with a fork. Stir in lime juice and and yogurt and mix until combined.
  6. Mix all of the ingredients in a plate and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Lemon juice may be used instead of lime juice, but don't skip it altogether or else the crema turns brown.
  2. This recipe is gluten free.
earthly taste http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/

 Have a nice weekend!

Consuelo

 

42 Comments

  • Reply Mary Frances January 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Fancy gas masks are all the rage right now! 😉 I hope you don’t get sick; I agree, the worst is not being able to fully taste food! And I despise not feeling like showering, even though I want to. Ug, one of the worst ever. But this salad – I think it qualifies as one of the best ever! Honey chili chicken? Oh my gosh. And avocado crema. Um, I just might get sick if you deliver these bowls of awesomeness.

    • Reply Consuelo January 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Yeah the worst part indeed :–( Thank you dear!

  • Reply Trisha January 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Down lots of vitamin C? And wear a face mask? My husband swears by lots of antibacterial hand stuff, but I’m not so sure. These lunch bowls look absolutely delish though! I love the pairings of spicy chili flakes and sweet honey. Maybe all those nutrients could ward off that icky flu…

    • Reply Consuelo January 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      The vitamin C is a cool one yup.
      Thank you Trisha! <3

  • Reply Boticariadesquiciada January 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Oh my God!!! Do you really think I´ll be the next????
    Honey, if I get sick I think chocolate will be my best friend…
    Mum.

    • Reply Consuelo January 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Yeah you will, but all the chocolate is for me hehe

  • Reply Amy Alt January 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Oh no! I hate that feeling when you are just waiting to get sick :( It’s so frustrating not being able to taste too, I usually eat loads of really crunchy stuff to get a bit of texture going on instead of taste! Avocado crema is a great find and this bowl looks very tasty – the cashews are a particularly good addition.

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Thanks Amy! xx

  • Reply Ashley January 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’m the exact same way – I go stir-crazy when I get sick and can’t do anything! And these rice bowls Consuelo – they sound awesome! Especially that avocado crema .. yum yum yum! Have an awesome weekend and crossing my fingers that you don’t get sick!

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Thank you Ashley! You too have a lovely weekend! x

  • Reply Dolega January 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    ¡Dios, tiene una pinta impresionante!
    Esta me la imprimo.
    Besazo

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:50 am

      ¡Gracias! Besos : )

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Now this looks like the perfect lunch! Stay healthy and have a great weekend, Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Thanks Ashley! x

  • Reply Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness January 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    “How many squats do I have to do in order to get strong enough not to catch the flu?”” this made my giggle like a crazy woman! Love it!
    And I am adorin’ these lunch bowls girl! So many good flavours here….. I wanna jump on a plane and come for lunch!

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:51 am

      You can come as long as youu bring some of that pomegranate chicken you made hehehe ; ) Thank you!

  • Reply Renee@Two in the Kitchen January 24, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I agree Consuelo! i hate getting sick!! my daughter just came down with the stomach bug last night and I am praying it doesn’t circulate through the rest of the family!!
    Now these lunch bowls look so heathy and delicious! it is exactly the kind of thing I have been craving for lunch lately! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Reply Consuelo January 25, 2014 at 12:52 am

      I hope she gets better soon and you all don’t have to come down with it!
      Thank you Renee! xx

  • Reply Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 25, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Wow… This is a real feast in a bowl!!! I love it!

  • Reply Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 25, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I so agree with your dear. 3 out of 5 in lab are sick right now and I walk around with gloves and masks. This bowl will definitely help wish the germs away :)

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens January 25, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Oh, no! You’ve got to stay healthy! Actually, I totally predict that you will! Just keep eating awesome, healthy food like this gorgeous bowl (and maybe actually wearing a gas mask :D)! This is amazing, especially with the avocado crema! Pinning!

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks January 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Oh no! I hope they recover quickly and I hope you don’t get sick!

    This salad looks amazing. I could go for this for lunch one day. Pinned!

  • Reply Jo @ the contented baker January 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Please don’t succumb to the lurgy!! I so hope you can avoid it. I have got girlfriends coming to lunch this week and I am going to serve them this – it looks fab!

  • Reply Joanne January 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Seriously, STAY HEALTHY! I’ve heard the flu this year is ROUGH. Drink some tea with turmeric! THat should boost your immune system!! And eat ALL THE VEGGIES. :)

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Stay away flu! It can sense fear, so make sure not to be afraid of it, hahaha. Love these rice bowls. SO much delicious flavor going on in here… totally want for lunch and/or dinner tonight!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Oh my gosh Consuelo – I think this might be the most beautiful lunch bowl I’ve ever seen! And it looks super delicious. Pinning this one to make later, for sure! Beautiful!!!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven January 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Love all of these healthy treats you’re coming up with! There is nothing worse than living in a house with people who have the flu…besides actually having the flu 😉 Stay healthy, love!

  • Reply Monica January 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    What a delicious looking lunch bowl! You are eating so well, Consuelo, that I think you are safe from getting sick! : ) Stay tough. : )

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon January 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I got the flu this winter and it sucked! Your veggie bowl looks amazing though so I’m sure it will keep you safe :)

  • Reply Danguole January 26, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Hang in there, girlie! Your google searches crack me up! And this looks like the perfect lunch–that avocado crema looks unreal. Love it.

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce January 26, 2014 at 2:10 am

    this bowl looks so beautiful!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 26, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Hoping you don’t get sick Consuelo! I’m a miserable sick person too. I always think it would be so nice to lay around in bed for a few days, but when I have to do it I am beyond miserable. Love the combination of ingredients in this rice bowl!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments January 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I hate being sick, too — it’s the pits! Don’t let that flu take you down — think positively. Eating healthy foods such as this lunch bowl has to help. Stay well, Consuelo!!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples January 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I HATE getting sick too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you fend of the flu! Thank you for sharing these lovely chicken rice bowls with me! I hope you have a blessed start to your week!

  • Reply caileejoy January 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I’m sick too :( Not a fun state to be in… but on the bright side this looks amazing!!! I love how you added cashews!! What a great idea to add a pop of healthy crunch! YUM :) Hope you feel better soon!!

  • Reply Ash-foodfashionparty January 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    That is a beautiful looking bowl.
    Stay healthy and safe, it’s hard when we get sick.

  • Reply Kelly January 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I am trying to fight off a bug I think I may have caught since I hate being sick too :( These rice bowls sound awesome Consuelo! Love all the healthy veggies in here and that avocado crema sounds amazing!

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  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment January 30, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Oh man, reading this while knowing you’ve already caught it was painful. I had the same kind of situation here- my older son brought it home and I was disinfecting everything in sight and making him wash his hands every 10 minutes, hoping it would go no further. Alas… well your salad bowl sounds absolutely phenomenal! I love the honey-chili chicken and the cashews! Hopefully you’ll be back on your feet soon, dear.

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl January 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Love the sound of the avocado crema! And everything else for that matter…

  • Reply Jo @ the contented baker January 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Made this today for lunch for my girlie friends. We all absolutely loved it! Thank you for sharing :-)

    • Reply Consuelo January 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks honey! Glad to know you liked it ^^

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