Power Protein Bowl Recipe – A Spicy Perspective

Power Protein Bowls – It’s easy to enjoy healthy foods when you layer nutritious and tasty goodies in a handy bowl. This no-cook recipe is great for make-ahead meal preps!

Two bowls with power protein ingredients.

Why We Love This Healthy Recipe

We love a good healthy “bowl” recipe! Take your favorite ingredients, layer them in one dish, and BAM you have a tasty and super convenient meal. And there is basically no limit to the varieties of recipes that fall into this category… like Healthy Mean Green Buddha Bowls, Superfood Fajita Bowls, Teriyaki Bowl with Chicken, or Chicken Quinoa Bowls, just to name a few!

Our Power Protein Bowl recipe has several ingredients packed with all kinds of nutrients and healthy fats, plus tons of flavor. However, it is not technically a low-carb recipe, because we’ve added cooked black beans for additional protein, vitamins, and fiber. But feel free to omit the beans in this recipe and add extra greens, for a low-carb version.

This fabulous recipe is easy to meal prep at the beginning of the week as a great way to kickstart healthy habits!

Top down two power protein bowls loaded with lettuce, black beans, artichoke hearts, sliced ​​green olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded chicken, and sliced ​​avocado.

Ingredients Checklist

  • Cooked chicken – shredded or chopped (like our IP Shredded Chicken)
  • Black beans – cooked, drained, and rinsed
  • Baby arugula – rinsed and dried
  • Artichoke hearts – canned, drained, and separated
  • Cherry tomatoes – in half
  • Avocado – sliced ​​(check out our handy tips for How to Cut Avocados)
  • Pitted olives – green or black

And/or any other vegetables you like. Keep reading for some of our fantastic ideas for how to change things up!

Ingredients needed to make this power bowl recipe: shredded chicken, tomatoes, greens, cans of beans and artichoke hearts, jar of green olives.

How to Layer a Protein Bowl

First, set out four large salad or cereal bowls. Place one generous handful of arugula leaves at the bottom of each bowl.

Fresh arugula greens.

Next, top with the heavier ingredients: Add ½ cup cooked shredded chicken, ½ cup cooked black beans, and artichoke hearts.

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Artichoke hearts, black beans, and shredded chicken on a bed of greens.

Then add the lighter goodies: Sliced ​​tomatoes, pitted olives, and sliced ​​avocado.

Assembled bowl loaded with lettuce, black beans, artichoke hearts, sliced ​​green olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded chicken, and sliced ​​avocado.

Best Sauces for Protein Bowls

We didn’t specifically add a sauce to this protein bowl recipe because it’s such a great all-purpose recipe for you to customize. Mix it up week after week with all sorts of sauces like:

Close view with lettuce, black beans, artichoke hearts, sliced ​​green olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded chicken, and sliced ​​avocado.

Recipe Variations

One of the many reasons I love this recipe is how easy it is to customize!

Here are a more ideas for swaps and substitutions you may enjoy:

  • Make this a low carb protein bowl recipe by swapping beans with extra greens.
  • Use sliced ​​cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
  • Swap shredded chicken with cooked shrimp, pulled pork or beef, roasted salmon, or cooked and cooled ground beef or turkey.
  • Make this a vegetarian and vegan recipe by subbing meat with cubed tofu, chickpeas, butter beans, kidney beans, or more black beans.
  • Swap sliced ​​avocado for Homemade Guacamole.
  • Sub any or all of the olives, artichokes and avocado for other ingredients you like.

Pro Tip: Try these bowls with: corn, hard-boiled eggs, cooked lentils or chickpeas, edamame, cucumber slices, zucchini, tempeh or tofu, red onion, carrots, roasted garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, chopped kale, cabbage, baby spinach, radishes, cauliflower, broccoli, sliced ​​bell peppers, hummus, crumbled goat cheese, or just about any hearty and healthy goodies!

Two servings in bowls loaded with lettuce, black beans, artichoke hearts, sliced ​​green olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded chicken, and sliced ​​avocado.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are protein bowls good for you?

This recipe is quite healthy! Although not low carb because of the beans, it is nevertheless loaded with all kinds of nutritious goodness. Black beans have lots of fiber and protein – plus lean chicken breast is also packed with protein. Avocado slices add even more power protein goodness along with healthy fats.

Do you eat a protein bowl hot or cold?

Bowls can be hot or cold depending on the recipe ingredients. Grain bowl variations that have cooked grains, like quinoa, farro, or brown rice, can be very tasty to enjoy warm.

However, this recipe includes fresh and cold ingredients on a bed of crisp lettuce. It’s, therefore, best to eat cold.

How do you make ahead for meal prep?

To keep everything from getting soggy, I recommend keeping the lettuce, dressing, and remaining goodies in separate containers until ready to assemble and enjoy. Store in the fridge.

Alternatively, you can layer these protein “bowls” into a large jar to make mason jar-style salads. Start by placing the dressing and chicken (or other protein) at the bottom of the jar. Then add beans, artichoke hearts, green olives, tomatoes, and any other hearty ingredients. Lastly, pile in the avocado slices and greens. To serve I recommend dumping it into a bowl.

Whether assembled or not, it is best to enjoy power protein bowls within 3 days of prepping.

Hands holding one bowl in the background, another completed bowl in the foreground.

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Power Protein Bowl Recipe

It’s easy to enjoy healthy foods when you layer nutritious and tasty goodies in handy protein bowls. This no-cook recipe is great for make ahead meal preps!

Servings: 4 servings

  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped (or shrimp, pork or beef)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 14 ounces can artichoke hearts drained and separated
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved (or grape tomatoes)
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • ½ cup pitted olives half
  • Optional Garnish: Your choice of creamy sauce or dressing
  • Set out four large salad or cereal bowls. Place one large handful of arugula leaves at the bottom of each bowl.

  • Top with ½ cup cooked shredded chicken, ½ cup cooked black beans, artichoke hearts, sliced ​​tomatoes, pitted olives, and sliced ​​avocado.

  • Top each bowl with your favorite homemade sauce and serve!

  • For meal prep, reserve your sauce or dressing in a small container to add just before serving.

Feel free to swap the cooked chicken for your choice of cooked protein. You can also swap the beans for kidney beans, butter beans, or chickpeas. Or omit the legumes for a low carb option. To keep everything from getting soggy, I recommend keeping the lettuce, dressing, and remaining goodies in separate containers until ready to assemble and enjoy. Alternatively, you can layer these protein “bowls” into a large jar to make mason jar-style salads. Start by placing the dressing and chicken (or other protein) at the bottom of the jar. Then add beans, artichoke hearts, green olives, tomatoes, and any other hearty ingredients. Lastly, pile in the avocado slices and greens. To serve I recommend dumping into a bowl.

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 398kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 16g, Dish: 24g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 673mg, Potassium: 762mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1832IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 4mg

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