After years of only getting a harvest of two or three lemons per year, my lemon tree is in full bloom.I finally have a bountiful harvest. In fact, I have so many lemons, I caught myself finally uttering words I thought I would never utter–I have too many lemons. My motto is when life gives you lemons–cook with them! Luckily for me, the Mediterranean flavor profile is one of my favorite flavor profiles. I love a great greek chicken salad. I decided to switch things up a bit, by taking the same ingredients I might use to make a greek salad, and instead, make a warm and savory bowl. The result–delicious! The best thing about this bowl is it can be eaten warm, or cold, it is delicious either way. Feel free to switch out the ingredients, using kale in place of spinach, grill the chicken on the barbecue instead of in the pan, or add red bell pepper and marinated artichokes. You can also switch out the grains, use basmati rice instead of quinoa. If you want to make this vegetarian, replace the chicken in this recipe with tofu or just add more mushrooms. To make it Paleo omit the grains and add more spinach or kale.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ingredients For Sauce/marinade:
4 large cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon of fresh Thyme
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
Ingredients for chicken bowl:
5 chicken thighs
1 cup of Persian cucumber diced
1 cup of tomato diced
10 ounces of sliced crimini mushrooms
12 ounces of spinach
1 cup of quinoa
1 cup of feta cheese, crumbled
4 Tablespoons of oil, split
sea salt to taste
Directions: Place the quinoa and 2 cups of water in a pan, cover and cook until water evaporates(about 10-15 minutes), then set aside.
Heat the garlic, olive oil and thyme in a saucepan for 1-2 minutes.
NOTE: You do not want the garlic to brown. If it browns then you’ve cooked it too long. The point of this is to infuse the oil with garlic and thyme and also mellow out the garlic. The two-minute mark is usually long enough.
Transfer the infused oil to a bowl, add the lemon juice, sea salt, and lemon zest, mix well.
Season the chicken with sea salt, and pour half of the sauce/marinade over the chicken, set the remaining sauce/marinade aside. Place the chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan, add the mushrooms, season with sea salt and cook until brown–about 10 minutes. Once the mushrooms are brown, transfer them to a plate and set aside.
Add the spinach to the same saute pan, cook until wilted about 3-4 minutes.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet. The skillet should be smoking hot. Once it is hot, add the chicken and cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
Assemble the bowls by adding some quinoa, mushrooms, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and chicken to each bowl. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the remaining sauce over each bowl, and enjoy!