Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

February 10, 2016

Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

Lunch is the one meal a day most people tend to eat away from home.
Some of us work through lunch, others socialize with coworkers, while for others it represents an opportunity to break a sweat during what may be the only time to workout [Me!]
Lunch is also a crucial meal since the wrong nutritional balance mid-day can lead to lack of energy later.
While the easiest approach for adults and children is probably to buy something, this may not be the healthiest or most cost-effective way to plan lunches.
In fact, it is well-known that packing lunch is good for your body and your wallet.

Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

Though let's be real: Packing a lunch every day — whether it's just for you or for your whole family — can be tough. You need to plan ahead: Shop, cook, pack, etc.
My motivation for doing it comes from how great I feel by eating a healthy, balanced meal.
And I’d rather stay stocked up and energized after eating a healthy lunch than filling up on whatever catches my eyes leaving me feeling sluggish for hours.
By packing lunch I simply have more control over my health goal.

Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

So I created these Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls for those of us lunch packers always looking to mix it up but keep it real and healthy.
We all know how good turmeric is for our health. The same goes for greens and almonds.
These lunch bowls will leave you feeling full for hours and so much more energized than a lunch you bought at work and probably paid way too much for.
Did I mention how delicious these are?
You must try!

Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls

Seared Turmeric Chicken Lunch Bowls                                                                                      Print this recipe!

Serves 4


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon fine grain salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Red Bell Peppers

2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into quarters
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon fine grain salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

6 cups / 3.5 oz / 100 gr spring greens
Juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Slivered almond


In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, turmeric, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Place chicken breast in a shallow container or in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over it.
Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (marinate for longer for fullest flavor.)
In the meantime in a medium bowl, toss sliced peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over high heat. When sizzling add the chicken and cook for about 8 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked through and crispy on the outside (the temperature should register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.)
Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Set aside.
Place the peppers, skin side up and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
Transfer to a cutting board and slice into strips. Set aside.
To make the salad bowls, add greens to 4 serving bowls (or to a large bowl), drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
Add the chicken on top along with the grilled bell pepper. Top with Greek yogurt, and scatter with the slivered almonds.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 232 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs, and 17 grams of protein.


  1. This looks so good! I'm always trying to find ways to incorporate tumeric into my diet considering all of it's healthy properties. I'm definitely going to try this one. Thank you :)

  2. This sounds wonderful! For those of us following WW Smart Points, would you please provide the saturated fat, dietary fiber, and sugar numbers for the recipe?

  3. This looks and sounds so delicious. Love all the color!

  4. Love the greek yogurt and peppers! So yum :)

  5. Whoop whoop, I am all for packed lunches and I've been packing them for years now. I agree with a bit of prep, it's the best and easiest. Turmeric, love it. This bowl of goodness is something I need to make asap.

  6. Lunch packing is definitely my hardest thing, but since we get up at the crack of dawn it's forced me to be more organized the night before to be ready to go. I do a lot of salad bowls so this is going to be perfect, I really can't wait to try it next week!

  7. This looks so delicious and healthy!There are weeks I am so good in it - planning- shopping - cooking - packing but there are some other days I really can't!You motivated me!Tomorrow I will do it!Thank's!

  8. Mike, thank you for promoting the idea of packing your lunch. It is so well worth the extra five minutes the night before. I can see this lunch idea be easily adapted for dinner in my house, with leftovers for lunches next day.

  9. Mike, thank you for promoting the idea of packing your lunch. It is so well worth the extra five minutes the night before. I can see this lunch idea be easily adapted for dinner in my house, with leftovers for lunches next day.

  10. Remember this commercial ? Well, I'm like that ol' lady when it comes to turmeric these days - though I need the motivation to pack AND eat lunch at work - so thank my friend! Works been cray cray and remembering to actually eat what I pack and not bring it home can get tricky at times and so I so appreciate this post! Hope your weekend is wonderful Mike!

  11. This lunch bowl sure beats my daily Shakeology! Turmeric is so good and good for you but boy does that powder stain. This looks quite tasty buddy. #WolfpackLunchables

  12. I've just now taste the chicken, and it is SO DELICIOUS! To give you context, I've just started eating meat again recently and generally haven't liked the taste of chicken... however, with this recipe I absolutely love it. Great job!

    The only critique I have is with the calorie count. Based on what I was looking up, 4 oz of chicken (most breasts are 4-6 oz nowadays), the USDA says it is ~180 calories. Then 1 tablespoon of olive oil is about 120 calories, so that automatically puts it above your calorie count based on the fact that each serving has 1 chicken breast and one table spoon of olive oil. I'm curious, how are you calculating the calories in your meals?

    Aside from that critique/question- this recipe is a god send. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will definitely be trying other recipes of yours now :)

  13. This chicken was delicious! Perfect for the hubs lunch! Thanks for sharing!