Chicken Grain Bowl with Pickled Blueberries

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Prep Time: 30 minutes + 3 hours standing time
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Portions: 4
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Pickled Blueberries

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups blueberries

Grain Bowl

  • 3 cups shredded curly kale, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 cups Persian or English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  • 2 ½ cups pickled blueberries, cooled
  • 4 tablespoons reserved blueberry pickling liquid, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided


Pickled Blueberries Instructions

  1. Add the white wine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Rinse blueberries and add them to a jar or bowl. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the brine over the blueberries, covering them completely.
  3. Allow the blueberries to sit for at least 3 hours or until the brine has cooled.
  4. The berries can be kept for up to 2 weeks in the fridge in a clean, airtight container.
  1. In a bowl, add shredded kale, lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper. Using your hands, massage the oil and juice into the kale leaves for 2-3 minutes. The color of the kale will deepen, and the leaves will become shiny.
  2. When your blueberries have cooled and it’s time to serve, divide the kale equally between 4 serving bowls, plates, or meal prep containers.
  3. Divide the cooked wild rice and place it on top of the kale in each bowl, followed by the chicken, cucumbers, feta, walnuts, and pickled blueberries.
  4. To serve, drizzle each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the reserved blueberry pickling juice, ½ tablespoon of lemon juice, ¼ tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

About This Recipe

The Chicken Grain Bowl with Pickled Blueberries is a light but flavorful dish with a perfect balance of protein, fruit, veggies, healthy fat and carbs. The unexpected pop of tangy pickled blueberries makes a delicious contrast with the savory feta and kale – and it all tastes even better with the refreshing cucumbers and crunchy walnuts. You just found your next go-to meal!

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