10.31.22

Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini

Inspired by a local Dallas restaurant, these Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini are the perfect lunch or dinner. 

Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini

If you’re a Dallas-ite like me, you may be familiar with Dive Coastal Cuisine. And if you are not familiar, you should be! I’ve become so obsessed with their Dive Chicken Wrap, I decided to re-create at home but make it into a bowl.

Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini

Like the wrap, this bowl consists of simply marinated chicken, cilantro-lime rice, onions, tomatoes, and Monterey cheese, but here I’ve added some greens to build up the bowl with a little more nutrients. And also like Dive’s wrap, the star of the show really is the Tahini Dressing. It took me a few tries to get this just right and let me tell you, it is so irresistible! 

I love these Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini for an easy dinner, but it is also great to even meal prep at the beginning of the week for lunches or dinners! This is also great for families because everyone can plate their bowls exactly how they prefer.Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini

I hope you all enjoy these bowls as much as I do, and if you get the chance, be sure to try the original wrap at Dive in Dallas!

Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini

Chicken and Cilantro Rice Bowls with Tahini
Serves: 4
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5 from 4 votes
Total Time45 mins

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspooon black pepper

For the Cilantro-Lime Rice:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • kosher salt to taste

For the Tahini Dressing:

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Bowls:

  • 1 yellow onion halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 4 cups mixed spring greens
  • 1 roma tomato halved lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a large bowl, combine all of the chicken ingredients and using tongs, toss until well combined. Cover and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can marinate the chicken ahead of time in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Make the Rice:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, avocado oil and 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat so that it is just simmering, about medium-low heat, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered to allow the rice to continue to steam, 10 more minutes.
  • When done steaming, stir in the cilantro and lime juice and season with salt to taste. Cover and keep warm.

Make the Tahini Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, stir together the tahini, greek yogurt, tamari, and lemon juice until smooth. One tablespoon at a time, add warm water to thin out the dressing as needed– you want it to be creamy and thick, but still drippy enough to drizzle. I usually only need about 1-2 tablespoons, but this will depend on the consistency of your tahini. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Set Aside.

Cook the Chicken and Onions:

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest while you cook the onions.
  • Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are tender and golden on the edges, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assemble the Bowls:

  • To assemble the bowls, divide the rice amongst 4 bowls. Slice the chicken and divide among the bowls along with the onions, monterey jack cheese, spring greens, and roma tomatoes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with the tahini sauce.

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Karli
    November 26, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    5 stars
    Really good! Light yet satisfying. Subbed coconut aminos for for tamari. Very easy to make as well!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 27, 2022 at 8:24 pm

      Glad you loved it, Karli!

  • Reply
    Enya
    November 10, 2022 at 12:49 am

    5 stars
    As always, an amazing recipe, Alex! The chicken marinade & dressing really make this dish. Also cooked up some thinly sliced red bell pepper with the onion for some extra veggies! Will definitely be making again!

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    Rosemary
    November 4, 2022 at 2:23 am

    5 stars
    These were AMAZING!! I’m a huge fan of any meal in bowl form & this Tahini dressing was insane. Highly recommend meal prepping this for lunches & doubling the dressing for dipping veggies through the week!

  • Reply
    Michelle Ryan
    November 2, 2022 at 1:44 am

    So yummy!!! Was so easy to make. The chicken was *chef’s kiss*!! Def be making it again.

  • Reply
    Sam
    November 2, 2022 at 1:18 am

    What tamari brand do you use?

  • Reply
    Katie
    November 1, 2022 at 12:30 am

    5 stars
    I’ve been waiting for this for so long. Could not for the life of me get the dressing as yummy as Dive’s. Greek yogurt was the missing key. Thank you!!!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 1, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      yay!! it’s the best!

  • Reply
    Sidney
    October 31, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Hey Alex,
    I’m severely allergic to tahini, is there something else I could use in place of it?

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