These Chicken Tzatziki Bowls are absolutely loaded with flavor. A base of Greek lemon rice and vegetables makes the perfect accompaniment for the flavorful chicken thighs and tzatziki sauce.
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These Greek bowls are one of my go-to recipes for meal prep. I love how Greek flavors can somehow be both comforting and light at the same time.
These bowls were inspired by my recipes for Greek Marinated Chicken, Greek Lemon Rice, and Homemade Tzatziki Sauce. All three of these recipes are featured in this bowl, so if you need more detailed directions then be sure to check out those individual posts.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The ingredient lists for these Chicken Tzatziki bowls may seem long, but most of what is required are spices and seasoning that are essential for capturing the flavors of classic Greek food.
For the Chicken:
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (you can also use chicken breast),
- Marinade: Plain Greek Yogurt, Olive Oil, Garlic, Oregano, Coriander, Basil, Lemon (both zest and juice), Salt, and Black Pepper
For the Rice:
- Long Grain White Rice (you can also use brown rice, but you will need to adjust the liquid and cooking time accordingly)
- Garlic, Olive Oil, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Chicken Broth, and Lemon Juice
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
- Plain Greek Yogurt, English Cucumber, White Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Dill, Salt, and Black Pepper
Vegetables and Toppings:
- English cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and lemon wedges
- Other optional vegetables include sliced red pepper, olives, or zucchini. You can also substitute the vegetables with my Greek zoodle salad!
See the recipe card for quantities.
For cooking you will need:
- Marinating and cooking the chicken will require a large Ziploc bag or a food storage container with a lid, a grill or grill pan, and a pair of tongs.
- To make the rice you will need a large pot with a lid and a cooking utensil.
- To prepare the tzatziki sauce you will need a medium bowl, preferably with a lid, a grater, and a spoon for mixing and serving
- You will also need knives, measuring cups, and spoons through preparing the recipe.
For assembling bowls for meal prep you will need:
- Storage containers with at least a 3-cup capacity. I like these glass containers with locking lids!
- Containers to store the tzatziki sauce. I just used silicone muffin liners, but if you are worried about the sauce spilling I LOVE these containers by Sistema. They are the perfect size for dressings and sauces and the lids twist on so they are very secure.
- I also like to store the vegetables and cheese in a small Ziploc sandwich bag so I can easily remove them to heat up the rice and chicken.
How to Meal Prep Chicken Tzatziki Bowls
You can find in-depth instructions for each of the components of these bowls by visiting the links below:
To assemble the bowls, start by adding the rice to the bottom of the bowl or storage container.
Add the vegetables and feta cheese (if you are making these bowls as meal prep, you may wish to put the vegetables in a separate container or in a Ziploc bag so you can easily remove them to heat the rice and chicken)
Add the tzatziki sauce over the entire dish, or place it in a silicone muffin liner to keep it separate from the other ingredients until you are ready to enjoy. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice just before serving!
Here are some of my favorite ways to change up this recipe:
- Low Carb - Swap the rice for cauliflower rice or steamed vegetables.
- Gyro's - Omit the rice entirely and serve the chicken, tzatziki, and vegetables wrapped in a piece of naan or pita bread.
- Quinoa - Swap the rice and vegetables with Greek Quinoa Salad. You can also omit the tzatziki sauce and use the dressing in the salad recipe if desired. This is my go-to if I will need to eat this bowl cold.
See my recipe for Greek Meatballs which can be used in place of the chicken in these bowls.
These bowls can be stored in the fridge for about 5 days. To reheat, remove the vegetables and tzatziki sauce from the bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.
The bowls themselves do not freeze well, but the chicken and rice can be frozen for up to six months.
Greek chicken is loaded with flavor, so it pairs well with milder flavors that won't overpower it. Rice, quinoa, roasted potatoes, or steamed vegetable are all great options.
- You can find in-depth instructions for each of the components of these bowls by visiting the links below:
- If you are making these bowls as meal prep, you may wish to put the vegetables and Tzatziki sauce in a separate container or in a Ziploc bag so you can easily remove them to heat the rice and chicken.
Greek Chicken Tzatziki Bowls
For the Chicken:
For the Greek Rice:
For Tzatziki Sauce:
- 1 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
- 1 English Cucumber sliced
- ½ Red Onion thinly sliced
- 8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
- Lemon Wedges optional
For the Chicken:
- Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour before cooking it. Place the chicken thighs in a large zip-top bag or a food storage container with a lid. Add all of the remaining chicken ingredients. Mix all the ingredients to ensure that all of the chicken is thoroughly coated. Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours maximum.6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, ¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt, ¼ cup Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon Garlic, 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano, 1 teaspoon Dried Coriander, 1 teaspoon Dried Basil, 1 Lemons, 1 teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- After marinating, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade.
- For cooking on a grill pan: Heat the pan to medium high heat. Coat the pan in a thin layer of oil. Cook the chicken for approximately 6 minutes on each side or until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit.
- For cooking on a grill: Heat the grill to 400° Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the grates, then grill the chicken for approximately 6 minutes on each side or until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit.
For the Rice:
- For optimal timing, begin cooking the rice just before you start to cook the chicken. Place the rice into a strainer and rinse it under cool running water until the water coming from the rice runs clear.1 ½ cups Long Grain White Rice
- Add the olive oil to a large pot with a lid and heat over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and the rice. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the garlic and rice have begun to turn golden brown. Be sure not to let the garlic burn.2 tablespoon Garlic, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- Add the oregano, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and lemon juice then stir well. Bring to a boil. Allow the rice to boil uncovered for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low, cover the rice and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove the pan from the heat and allow it to sit covered for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.2 teaspoon Dried Oregano, 1 teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Pepper, 3 cups Chicken Broth, 3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
- Combine all of the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce in a bowl. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, ½ cup English Cucumber, 1 tablespoon White Vinegar, 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice, 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon Dill, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
Assemble the bowls
- Place the rice in the bottom of the bowl and top it with sliced chicken.
- Add the vegetables and feta cheese (if you are making these bowls as meal prep, you may wish to put the vegetables in a separate container or in a Ziploc bag so you can easily remove them to heat the rice and chicken)1 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese, 1 English Cucumber, ½ Red Onion, 8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
- Add the tzatziki sauce over the entire dish, or place it in a silicone muffin liner to keep it separate from the other ingredients until you are ready to enjoy. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice just before serving!Lemon Wedges
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