If you are looking for a fresh, easy, summery one-bowl meal recipe, then your search is over. This rotisserie chicken Buddha Bowl with pomegranate sauce can be made in just 20 minutes and will satisfy the entire family.
All About Buddha Bowls
Buddha bowls are fun nutritious meals that you can make by combining just about anything that you already have in your fridge or pantry.
For each recipe we will always start with a base of grains or greens and a couple scoops of veggies. Next, a side of lean protein and a nice sauce and crunch to top it off with.
Anytime you create a bowl with all of those flavor profiles, you are making a Buddha Bowl!
The Beauty of Buddha Bowls
Buddha bowls are so easy to make because you can use leftovers or anything that you already have on hand. It is simple to get creative with substitutes and use any veggies that you happen to have. Just remember this simple formula:
For this fresh bowl, we will create a combination of herbs and sweet pomegranate sauce that will leave you feeling healthy and full.
+ For VEGETABLES: What’s in your refrigerator? Let’s use your favorite salad ingredients.
+ For PROTEIN: We used a store bought rotisserie chicken. Easy enough, right? You can also use: leftover chicken from other meals, frozen pre-cooked chicken breasts, pre-marinated chicken breasts, or just cut up sandwich meat.
+ For SAUCE: We will be making a sweet pomegranate sauce with a wonderful ingredient called Pomegranate molasses, which is a sweet, tart syrup popular in Middle Eastern cuisines. If you don’t have this at the store, don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to make it.
+ For CRUNCH: A combination of pomegranate seeds and any nuts.
Use Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken
Using a store bought rotisserie chicken helps cut back on a lot of time. You don’t need to worry about seasoning or anything like that, making it this a great meal option for during the week.
- If you want to take this recipe a step further, try making your own rotisserie chicken.
- My favorite large appliance is the Ronco Rotisserie. I LOVE THIS THING. It makes the very best rotisserie chicken (2 at a time even) and a 1-step prime rib roast that’s foolproof.
Sweet Pomegranate Sauce
The sauce starts with pomegranate molasses, a popular condiment in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It’s thick, syrupy and has a sweet and tangy bite. Look for this online or in the grocery store.
To make Pomegranate SAUCE from the MOLASSES – thin out the molasses with a couple tablespoons of water and olive oil. We want a nice sauce to drizzle on the Buddha Bowl….not a thick, sticky syrup.
Make your own Pomegrante Sauce
Starting with store-bought Pomegranate Molasses is always easiest, but here’s a simple recipe to start from scratch.
Ingredients for Sweet Pomegranate Sauce from Scratch:
- 4 cups Pomegranate juice (store bought)
- 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Sugar (or more)
Simmer until it reduces to a thin syrup (about 20 minutes). It should lightly coat a back of a spoon….a good drizzling consistency.
p.s. If you want to make Pomegranate molasses, simmer for a total of 1 hour. It should be syrupy and thick.
To Top It All Off
Go nuts! Pick any nuts that you like, we love sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.
Don’t forget the pomegranate seeds too! Pomegranate seeds add a yummy pop of tartness and the crunchy fruit adds amazing texture to your Buddha Bowl.
Tips for removing pomegranate seeds:
Do this under water! This keeps everything in the bowl, and prevents staining of your hands, the counter, your clothes (pomegranate is notorious for staining everything!)
- Fill a large bowl or sink with water
- Cut the top and bottom off of the pomegranate. Using a paring knife, score around the fruit, like you would peel an orange.
- Submerge the pomegrante into the bowl of water, use your hands to pry apart the sections and loosen seeds.
- Submerge the pomegranate in the water and use your fingers to remove the seeds, notice the seeds will sink and the bitter white pith pieces float to the top
- Remove the loose white pieces and the outer skin, drain water
Rotisserie Chicken Buddha Bowl with Sweet Pomegranate Sauce
For the GRAIN
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups quinoa
- 1/2 tsp salt or other seasoning
For the VEGGIES
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 ounces fresh sprouts
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 large avocado sliced
For the PROTEIN
- 1/2 store bought rotisserie chicken chopped or shredded
For the SAUCE
- 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the CRUNCH
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
Prepare the quinoa
- Wash and drain the quinoa in a bowl of water until it runs clear. Drain water.
- Combine 2 1/2 cups water, 1 1/4 cups quinoa and salt in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to medium, and let simmer, until all of the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with fork. Keep covered until ready to serve.
For the Pomegranate Sauce
- In a mason jar with tight fitting lid, add in the pomegranate molasses, olive oil, 2 tablespoons of water. Season with salt and pepper, if you'd like. Cover with lid tightly and shake.
- If you would like to make the Pomegranate Sauce from scratch, see very bottom of recipe.
Assembling the bowls
- The assemble the Buddha Bowl, divide the quinoa amongst the bowls. Add in the vegetables, chicken. Drizzle on the Pomegranate Sauce and top with crunch.
- Store the leftover Pomegranate Sauce in the refrigerator. It should last for 2 weeks.
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If you have tried making this rotisserie chicken Buddha Bowl with sweet pomegranate sauce, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!