Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Tahini-Herb Chicken

Colorful vegetables and grilled chicken team up in this simple yet satisfying meal.

Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Tahini-Herb Chicken
Photo: Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Christine Keely
Active Time:
40 mins
Marinate Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins

Grilled chicken is a go-to for easy weeknight suppers, and it shines in this cauliflower rice bowl. A speedy dressing starring Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and tahini doubles as a flavorful marinade for chicken thighs, which grill quickly in less than 15 minutes.

If you're counting carbs, this recipe gets a gold star thanks to store-bought riced cauliflower; look for it in the produce section of the grocery store, or start with a head of cauliflower and make it yourself. Piled high with a bounty of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, grilled onion, and hearty chickpeas, this healthy supper is one the whole family will enjoy.


  • 1 cup plain 2% reduced-fat strained yogurt (such as Greek) 

  • ¾ cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems, plus more for garnish 

  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste) 

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill (from 1 [1/2-oz.] pkg.), plus more for garnish 

  • 2 garlic cloves 

  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest plus 1/4 cup fresh juice (from 2 lemons) 

  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper 

  • ¾ tsp. Greek seasoning, divided 

  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs) 

  • ½ medium (10 oz.) red onion, cut into 1-in. wedges with root intact (about 1 cup) 

  • 1 tsp. olive oil 

  • 1 (10-oz.) pkg. fresh or frozen riced cauliflower (about 1 1/2 cups) 

  • 1 (15 1/2-oz.) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 

  • 1 small (9 oz.) cucumber, diced (about 1 cup) 

  • 1 pt. multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved (about 2 cups) 

  • ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives 


  1. Process yogurt, parsley, tahini, dill, garlic, lemon zest and juice, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Greek seasoning in a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth, about 45 seconds.

  2. Combine half of yogurt dressing and chicken thighs in a large ziplock plastic bag. Seal bag, massage yogurt dressing into chicken, and marinate in refrigerator at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours. Refrigerate remaining yogurt dressing in an airtight container until ready to serve.

  3. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Combine onion, olive oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon Greek seasoning in a small bowl; toss to coat. Place onion wedges on oiled grates. Remove chicken thighs from bag, discarding yogurt marinade. Place chicken on oiled grates. Grill onion wedges, uncovered, turning often, until charred and tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Grill chicken thighs, uncovered, until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Remove onion wedges and chicken from grill, and let rest 5 minutes. Cut 2 of the chicken thighs in half.

  4. Prepare riced cauliflower according to package instructions.

  5. Divide riced cauliflower evenly among 4 bowls. Top evenly with chickpeas, cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, grilled onion wedges, kalamata olives, and chicken. Top each bowl with about 3 tablespoons of remaining yogurt dressing. Garnish with additional fresh parsley or dill.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

602 Calories
26g Fat
35g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 602
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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