This Mediterranean Bowl recipe is a garlic lover’s dream! Topped with chicken, beans, rice and all kinds of favorite Greek flavors, you’ll get Mediterranean flair in every bite.
This Mediterranean Bowl is my version of the delicious spring bowl at White House Grill. The small Mediterranean restaurant in Post Falls, Idaho is one of those iconic places in the region where everyone knows you can’t come within ten feet of the place without smelling like garlic for the rest of the day, but the food is so worth it! This bowl is definitely my favorite dish at the restaurant. It’s chock full of healthy protein, flavorful rice and all your favorite bright and fresh Greek flavors like olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and of course lots of garlic.
What’s in a Good Bowl Recipe?
I love grabbing random ingredients from my fridge and creating delicious concoctions from whatever I have on hand, tossing it into a bowl and calling it a meal. They’re filling, healthy and leave me feeling satisfied but not overly full. My kids love making their own bowls too. It’s fun to see what you can make out of odds and ends in your refrigerator. But typically here’s what you need for a bowl:
- rice base (you could use quinoa, brown rice, any grain will do)
- protein (chicken, beef, ground chicken, pork, meatballs, etc.
- vegetables (the sky’s the limit here; any and all veggies work great!)
- toppings like cheese, dressing, lemon juice, garlic, etc.
Swaps/Substitutions for this Mediterranean Bowl
- You can make quinoa, brown rice, cous cous or any other grain with the same seasoning ingredients outlined in the recipe card below. Usually I opt for regular long grain white rice, but it tastes delicious with any option.
- Go all veggie! Keep out the chicken and pile on the veggies. In addition to the vegetables listed below, you can add roasted cauliflower, eggplant, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, shredded carrots, chopped beets, or sun dried tomatoes.
- If you’re a meat lover, you can add two or three types of meat to your Mediterranean bowl, like ground beef or pork, chicken thighs, grilled sirloin or shredded beef.
More Greek Inspired Recipes
Create a full Mediterranean feast by making a few of these bright and fresh recipes:
- Copycat Skotidakis Jalapeno Greek Dip
- Greek Salad
- Light Greek Pasta Salad
- Mediterranean Flatbread Pizzas
- Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce
How to Make a Mediterranean Bowl
- 1 bottle Lawry’s lemon pepper marinade
- 2 chicken breast halves
- lemon pepper
- 1 onion diced
- 1 medium-sized zucchini diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
- 12 cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
- feta cheese
- Kalamata olives
- FOR THE RICE:
- 1 c. long-grain white rice
- 2 c. water
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest or to taste
- 4 cloves garlic crushed (add more if you dare)
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- salt to taste
- Marinate chicken breast halves in lemon pepper marinade for at least an hour (sealed tightly in a plastic Ziploc bag works best). Remove chicken and discard marinade. Place chicken in a 9x13 glass baking dish and sprinkle with lemon pepper on both sides. Bake at 350-degrees for about 35 min or until juices run clear and chicken is completely cooked through.
- While chicken is cooking, heat a little bit of oil in a large skillet. Add diced onion, zucchini, bell pepper, and garbanzo beans. Saute until onions become clear. Add tomatoes and saute an additional minute or so until tomatoes become hot.
- Chop up cooked chicken into smaller pieces (at the restaurant they cut up the chicken into little cubes.. I would normally do that too but for the sake of a prettier picture I cut the chicken into strips) and stir in with sauteed veggies.
- FOR THE RICE:
- Cook rice with water according to package instructions (or in a rice cooker). After the rice is cooked, combine remaining ingredients (from olive oil on...) and pour slowly over rice while fluffing with a fork. Add more lemon juice a little at a time if needed.
- Put a scoop or two of rice on a plate (or in a bowl). Add sauteed veggies and chicken (at White House Grill, they just kind of toss everything together and put it over the rice, I know the picture above is more layered.. I just did that because I thought it looked prettier.. it all tastes the same..) Top each bowl with about 2 Tbsp. feta cheese (or to taste). Garnish with Kalamata olives.
- 9x13 inch pan