Curcuma chicken and friends bowl

Turmeric-Paprika Chicken & Friends Bowl is the name I’ve chosen for this dish, since it would be a full paragraph to explain the whole dish. There isn’t a protagonist in this plate made out of many elements, although if I would have to chose one, it would be the protein; which is the turmeric-paprika chicken breast in this case. Turmeric being the new “hit” spice those days because of all its health benefits, anti-cancer, help digestive and liver function, etc. If you want to hit 300… eat turmeric, in other words. This mix of turmeric and paprika is a simple, light flavor for the chicken breast but it could easily be replace by whatever flavors you’d like. A nice thyme flavored chicken or even a tandoori chicken, etc.curcumabowlpin

Next stop the Friends

Curcuma chicken and friends bowlThe friends are the many side dishes, which are spinach, bean salad, cucumber, grilled halloumi and a nice crunchy toast. No… I didn’t plan the meal really, it was mainly what was in the fridge at the moment. But it turned out great so why not share it with my cyber world. I get to see those bowl, here and there, a lot since I’ve started my blog. I always think they look great, but never really hit a nerve to the point of doing them. Up until today, but I’ve created my own, to my taste. Definitely it’s going to stay for sure in my repertoire. It’s my type of meal, it’s easy and fast, plus it’s healthy and contains barely any carbs. The format is interesting also because you get to bite into a total different set of flavours, no monotony here. One bite brings you into this nice citric spinach and the next into a warmly spiced chicken, etc.

The only preparation with more then 2 steps in the bowl is the bean salad, which I’ve added a dressing to and some dill and bell pepper but the rest is all pretty much too easy to explain. Anyway… I’ll do it although it’s obvious. Here we go!

Turmeric-Paprika Chicken & Friends Bowl

Makes 2 bowls

The bowl
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 150g of spinach (the biggest bag out there)
  • 4 slices of Halloumi cheese
  • cucumber cut into small pieces
  • Turmeric powder and paprika
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 whole grain toasted bread
  • salt and pepper
The bean salad
  • 400g of cooked white beans or chickpeas
  • 1/2 a bell pepper cut into cubes
  • about 3 tbsp of fresh dill finely cut
  • 3 tbsp of white balsamic, or cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of sweet mustard
  • salt and pepper
  1. Start by making the chicken, by adding turmeric powder, paprika to your taste and some salt and pepper with a touch of olive oil and rub it on the whole chicken breasts
  2. Cook in the oven at 180°C (350F) for 25 minutes
  3. In a bowl mix all the bean salad ingredients and let marinade
  4. Grill the halloumi into a non stick pan on each side until brown
  5. Cook the spinach in a Bain-Marie (vapor) with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper
  6. Assemble the bowl with all the elements, add a wedge of lime or lemon to squeeze on the spinach


Curcuma chicken and friends bowl

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