Healthy & satisfying Grilled Chicken Shawarma Hummus Bowls!!! A generous dollop of hummus gets served with quinoa, a light red cabbage slaw, feta, & grilled chicken shawarma (chicken breasts marinated in tons of middle eastern-inspired spices & grilled to smoky perfection). A healthy & easy weeknight dinner, or an easy meal to prep for grab-&-go lunches this week!
allow me to introduce you to my newest obsession: grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls.
HUBBA FREAKIN’ HUBBA am i right?!?!?!
these hummus bowls are pretty much all of the best things all combined into one easy & healthy meal:
- smoky grilled chicken shawarma. sounds super fancy, but is super easy to make. yes plz.
- a hearty schmear of hummus. (which is hard to describe & make sound as tasty as it truly is, but trust me, it’s the best thing ever.)
- quinoa because #healthy.
- ALL OF THE TOPPINGS!!! lemony cabbage slaw, pickled red onions, thinly sliced cucumber, salty crumbles of feta, big fat drizzles of olive oil, a sprinkle of fresh basil. served with a pillowy & soft warm pita. basically whatever your happy little heart desires.
i mean, hello. it’s basically everything i want out of life all piled up into one colorful, healthy, beautiful bowl.
well. everything other than dove peanut butter chocolate eggs. i’m still savoring the last bag i’m hoarding in my pantry like some sort of human chipmunk.
well…& the greatest showman soundtrack. it’s 100% been on repeat since chris & i first watched the movie together a few weeks back. i just can’t get enough of it. it’s SO good. like first of all, could hugh jackman be any dreamier? (no.) & plus! every time we watch it – because there’s been numerous times, we just both love it so much! – we pick up on something totally new. ah! seriously just such a good story. & also hugh jackman is a total dreamboat. & also so is zac efron. & zendaya!!! omg. i just cannot. if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to. that’s an order!
anyway. i digress. back to what you’re here for…
grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls.
these grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls are totally inspired by one of my favorite lunch spots in downtown minneapolis, naf naf. they have a chipotle-style set up, where you could choose between a couple of different dishes & add on all the toppings you want. & then devour with the puffiest fresh pita i’ve ever tasted in my life, omg. seriously, if you find yourself in downtown mpls anytime during the workweek, you must try naf naf.
alas, i no longer spend any time in downtown mpls during the week, so naf naf’s hummus bowls are a thing of my past.
until now, that is.
these bowls! they just have so much freaking flavor!
first there’s a big swoop of your favorite hummus. you could totally, totally go the homemade route, but i opt to keep things super easy & use my favorite store-bought hummus.
then! you add on a big spoonful of quinoa and some thinly sliced grilled chicken shawarma. which sounds super fancy, but it’s honestly just as easy as making any grilled marinated chicken. my shawarma has loads of garlic, cumin, paprika, lemon, honey, & some warming spices – cinnamon, ginger, & turmeric – that take to the grill beautifully. this chicken gets so ridiculously smoky & delicious it’s insane. you’ll be obsessed.
then you add on any toppings you want! i go with a really light cabbage slaw (red cabbage + lemon, olive oil, & cumin), pickled red onions, feta, thinly sliced cukes, & some fresh basil.
sounds just terrible, huh.
grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls are SUPER meal prep-friendly!
like any bowl recipe, there are a number of components going on here. but i promise, none of them are hard! these chicken shawarma hummus bowls are totally weeknight-friendly, & you can even do some meal prep in advance to get them on the table even faster during the week.
here’s how i meal prep chicken shawarma hummus bowls in my house:
- first, pop the quinoa on the stove & cook according to package directions. i love prepping grains at the beginning of the week because they’re nearly entirely inactive, meaning you can multitask & get a few other components ready for your hummus bowls while the quinoa cooks. #boom.
- next, marinate the chicken. pop the chicken in a ziplock bag or baking dish, & top it off with all the listed spices. the chicken gets more & more flavorful the longer it sits, so you can even do this up to 3 days in advance.
- prep the cabbage slaw. shred up some cabbage & mix it up with some lemon, olive oil & cumin. super simple.
that’s it! at dinnertime you grill up the chicken & assemble your bowls. so simple!
& then devour, obviously. that’s the easy part.
if you loved this grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls recipe, here are a few other recipes you’ll love!
- weeknight chicken enchiladas
- 15-minute trader joe’s skillet with quinoa & kale
- weeknight eggplant lasagna
- all pwwb weeknight recipes
healthy & hearty grilled chicken shawarma hummus bowls!!! a generous dollop of hummus gets served with quinoa, a light red cabbage slaw, feta, & grilled chicken shawarma (chicken breasts marinated in tons of middle eastern-inspired spices & grilled to smoky perfection). a healthy & easy weeknight dinner, or an easy meal to prep for grab-&-go lunches this week!
for the chicken shawarma:
- 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon oregano
- ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
for the lemony cabbage slaw:
- 8 ounces red cabbage, shredded
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
for the hummus bowls:
- 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 1 cup hummus (see Recipe Notes)
- pickled red onions (see Recipe Notes)
- 2 Persian cucumbers, very thinly sliced
- ¼ cup feta, crumbled
- ¼ cup basil leaves, thinly sliced
- for serving, as desired: lemon wedges, extra virgin olive oil
- Marinate the chicken: Place the chicken in a large Ziplock bag or baking dish. Add in the garlic cloves, olive oil, honey, lemon juice, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, turmeric, cayenne, Kosher, & ground black pepper. Toss to combine, coating the chicken evenly in the shawarma marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days.
- Make the lemony cabbage slaw: Meanwhile, as the chicken marinates, make the lemony cabbage slaw. Add the cabbage, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and Kosher salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Grill the chicken: Once the chicken has marinated for at least 2 hours & you’re ready to cook dinner, preheat your grill or grill pan (see Recipe Notes) to medium-high heat. Add the chicken, cooking for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest for a minute or two, then thinly slice.
- Assemble the bowls: Add a large spoonful of hummus to the bottom of a large, shallow bowl (see Recipe Notes). Use the back of a spoon to swoop the hummus across the bottom of the bowl. Add in the lemony cabbage slaw, a spoonful of quinoa, & sliced chicken shawarma. Top with pickled red onions, thinly sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta, and a sprinkling of fresh basil.
- Serve the hummus bowls with a spritz of lemon and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil as desired. Enjoy!
- Hummus: You can use whatever hummus you like best. Of course, feel free to make homemade hummus, if you have a recipe you absolutely love, but I find these bowls to be just as good with store-bought hummus!
- Pickled red onions are a staple in my fridge. They add addictive tanginess to anything you add them to, and plus, they’re super easy to whip up. When I made this recipe, I had some leftover pickled red onions in my fridge from The Minimalist Kitchen (affiliate link), but I’ve also made this recipe with great success in the past.
- Meal prep is totally doable! Marinate the chicken, cook the quinoa, & whip up the cabbage slaw & pickled red onions while you meal prep on Sunday. At dinnertime, all you have to do is grill the chicken & assemble. Easy!
- If you do not have a grill, a grill pan for your stove will definitely do the trick. I use this Staub grill pan (affiliate link) & love it! I have also used this cast iron grill pan (affiliate link) & this double burner grill pan (affiliate link) with great results too.
- These hummus bowls are easiest to eat out of a large, shallow bowl. I use these grain bowls (affiliate link) in my house & love them. They’re the perfect size for hummus bowls & large salads!