These paleo Caribbean chicken bowls have grilled plantains, cauliflower rice and avocado! A healthy, gluten free summer meal for under 500 calories!
PIN Caribbean Chicken Bowls
That is what these summery bowls of sweet, heat and grilly goodness are.
Liiiiiiike, one of Mr. FFF’s classmates tried one and ASKED HIM IF I COULD MAKE HER FOOD EACH WEEK FOR MONEY.
I said no. Because I like having time to make YOU food better ????
BUT, just giving you the facts that, if you partake of these plantain bowls that your eyeballs are peepin’, people will ALSO ask you to be a private chef. HELLO ADULTHOOD.
Also, are we over bowls yet? Considering we’ve eaten tahini grilled avocado, cauliflower and sweet potato power bowls, cheeseburger salad bowls, chicken satay meal prep bowls and sweet potato breakfast bowls all in the last month, I think it’s safe to say that I MOST DEFINITELY AM NOT.
Bowl food forever please.
Deets on T-H-I-S Caribbean chicken and “rice” bowl to follow:
- Grilly-charry slices of ripe plantain that have been bathed in a lusciously-smooth combo of creamycoconut oil + sugar.
- Tender, juicy chicken that’s hugged in the most RIDIC addicting spicy-sweet cumin, cayenne & coconut sugar flavor profiles.
- Coconut cauliflower rice. BUT, unlike the mango chicken with coconut cauliflower rice, it’s GRILLED. <– Mind. Blown.
- Also, duh. #SpiritHerb
- A drizzle of sticky-sweet honey that marries everything together in the ultimate of SUMMER FOOD BLISS.
So, yea. You’re seeing why there is food excitement happening.
Plantains. Do you like them? Or do you think they are just banana wanna-bes that are just NOT AS GOOD.
Ps. Is Spice Girls going through your head too? #90sChild.
I used to not like them at all. I feel like this was largely due to the fact that I was SEVERLY misinformed of how to cook them. Unless you are making plantain noodle bowls, you should PLAN to coat your PLANtains (just laugh) in a slathering of delicious butter (or coconut oil because HEALTH YO) and (coconut) sugar.
Also. Hardcore green plantains are not your BFF for this recipe. HOWEVER, neither are totally BLACK and SUPER mush plantains. Go for in-between. A littttle soft with a few black spots, but still slice-able and flip-able on the grill.
You should also know that razor-thin slices of plantains cook LIKE THIS on the grill. So pretty much put them on, flip them over, take them OFF. Boom – no burned faux-bananas happening to your face!
This Caribbean chicken though. It has this totally unassuming, S-I-M-P-L-E rub of cumin, coconut sugar and a pinch of cayenne for that warm-the-back-of-your-throat spicy kick, that I totally thought would be good but not LIFE CHANGING, you know?
But, liiiike, my internet BFFS? You NEED to have this easy Caribbean chicken recipe for dinner. SRSLY. IT IS SO EASY.
How to make Caribbean chicken 101:
- Combine cumin, coconut sugar, cayenne, salt and pepper.
- Rub your chicken DRY and then rub that tasty little spice blend ALL OVER IT.
- Grill it on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, or until no longer pink. The coconut sugar should be nice and caramelized!
- Make sure you let it rest so all those juices get SUCKED IN
See? EASYS PEASY.
The heat of the cumin and cayenne marry together with the coconut sugar, and then create layers of flavor with the charry bits of sweet, crispy plantains, creamy avocado, cilantro-y coconut cauliflower rice and a smooth swirl of honey that is going to PILE DRIVE your taste buds with FLAVAH.
In a good way. Don’t worry. No pain.
The only pain you might feel is the LOSS when you look into your Caribbean chicken bowl and realize it’s ALL GONE.
Caribbean Chicken Bowls with Grilled Plantains
A healthy, gluten free bowl meal that is perfect for the Summer!
For the bowls:
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees and spread the coconut on a small baking sheet. Cook until golden brown, only 2-3 mins. Watch CLOSELY as coconut burns quickly.
Additionally, place a grill pan on your grill and preheat to medium heat. (I do this while I prep all the ingredients.)
Place the cauliflower in a medium bowl and toss with 2 tsp of the coconut oil, reserving the rest for later. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss into the heated grill basket. Cook until tender, with some charred spots, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lay the VERY thinly sliced plantains in a single layer on a plate and brush them with half of the remaining coconut oil (about 1/2 tsp.) Then, sprinkle on half of the coconut sugar (about 1 1/2 tsp.) Flip and repeat. They may be a little hard to flip, so be gentle! Set aside.
Remove the cauliflower from the grill and cover to keep warm. Then, in a small bowl, combine the cumin, coconut sugar, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Dry the chicken off and really rub all of the spice blend on both sides of the chicken.
Grill until no longer pink inside, about 4-5 minutes per side, flipping once. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Let rest for 5 minutes.
While the chicken rests, place the plantains on the grill. Immediately flip the plantains in the order that you put them on. Then, remove them. You want them a little bit crispy and charred, and they cook almost instantly! Place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
Place the cauliflower into a small food processor, along with cilantro and pulse until broken down and “rice-like.” Stir in the toasted coconut flakes.
Divide the cauliflower between two bowls, followed by the plantains, mashed avocado and the grilled chicken.
Drizzle the bowls with honey (1/2 Tbsp per bowl) and DEVOUR.
*You will buy a “green plantain” but the actual color should be yellow with some large brown spots. You don’t want it ALL brown or it will be way too soft to cut and grill.