Zucchini Corn and Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Chicken and Lemon


We just went on a mini 4 day vacation to Las Vegas and if you follow my Instagram account you saw how bad I ate for four days in a row, and I didn’t even post all of it. I kept saying as soon as I get home I’m going on a healthy diet, well here it is and by the end of the day I was making loaded s’mores :). I never last. That’s just how I do it though, I stick with a healthy breakfast, lunch and mostly healthy dinner then I have a little dessert every day, I just can’t break the habit nor do I really want to.

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I got the idea for this from my brother-in-law. They came with us on vacation and he was wise and brought along all these healthy lunches. One of them was just quinoa, chicken and corn and it actually looked so good next to my turkey sandwich. I thought I’d jazz it up a bit and I added some lemon and zucchini and a bit of green onion and garlic for more flavor. Oh and you can never go wrong with feta, right? It’s a simple entree and it makes for a great lunch or dinner. My husband couldn’t get over how good it was and he said he wanted it for his lunch every day. During the summer I’m sure I’ll be making it frequently with all the zucchini and corn in season. I need more healthy bowls in my life and this one is a great start! Keep in mind this is a versatile recipe, you can make this a Mexican inspired dish by adding some fresh cilantro and replace the feta with cotija cheese,  or you can make it Italian by replacing the green onion with fresh basil and parsley and add a little red onion if desired.

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Zucchini Corn and Quinoa Bowls with Grilled Chicken and Lemon

Yield: About 4 servings


  • 1 lb chicken , grilled, cooled slightly and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 medium zucchini (1 lb) cut into 4 pieces through length then sliced
  • 2 cups fresh corn
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 oz feta cheese crumbled


  1. Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to directions listed on package, season lightly with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly once cooked and toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp lemon zest.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute 10 seconds, then add zucchini and corn and saute, tossing only occasionally so veggies lightly brown, about 8 minutes.
  3. Pour quinoa into a large bowl (or individual bowls and just divide all ingredients among bowls), top with grilled chicken, zucchini and corn mixture, green onions and feta cheese. Drizzle lemon juice over top and toss mixture. Serve warm.
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  • Brenna: This was just excellent! I am always lookin for new ways to make grilled chicken variations. We add a rub to our chicken with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper before we grill it. I think next time I may throw in a couple handfuls of edamame into the corn/zucchini also. Wonderful recipe! September 20, 2015 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Nicole: My husband gets sick if he eats pretty much anything with garlic in it. But this looks so yummy! What could I use instead of garlic to flavor it? June 15, 2015 at 8:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Does the garlic powder make him sick too because that could definitely work or maybe shallot and a larger amount. June 15, 2015 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Marry An: Beautyful. I like this guide and i make. Thank you! June 13, 2015 at 7:55pm Reply

  • Diana: I used grilled sausage instead of chicken and added some parmesan and chopped basil to the quinoa. I also grilled the corn. My husband and I enjoyed this. I am looking forward to the leftovers. Thank you! June 13, 2015 at 6:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for your feedback! June 13, 2015 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Carrie Cook: This looks great I do something very similar but no corn, feta or chicken. I roast pine nuts and use fresh mozzarella. I also add red pepper flakes for some heat. Might try your variations :) June 13, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: Haha, me too. It feels like something is missing if I don’t have dessert :p.
    But these quinoa bowls look delicious! June 13, 2015 at 7:42am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I also try to eat healthy the vast majority of the time, but I love a little dessert! When I eat this, I’ll definitely have earned it :) June 13, 2015 at 6:37am Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: Love everything about these bowls, especially all the colors and the sweet corn with the acidic lemon :) June 12, 2015 at 12:26pm Reply

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