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Vegetable and chicken bowl

Vegetable and chicken bowl

When my husband and I got married, we were both busy working. Coming home to cook after working all day and commuting was sometimes stressful. But even more stressful for me was figuring out what the heck to make for dinner every single night. I started tearing recipe pages out of magazines and keeping them in a binder that I’d refer to when I made my weekly shopping list.

One recipe I came across in those days was similar to this one. I made this dish so many times that eventually I never looked at the recipe again. But it wasn’t my original idea, so I can’t take all the credit. This recipe calls for chicken in slices (strips) or cubes, but I made this many times with chicken nuggets!

This is a hearty gluten-free meal with few ingredients and one bowl that most people in the family can agree to eat. I find that my two-year-old still prefers his food to be separated and not mixed together, as many other children do too. It’s easy to keep all the elements that go into this dish separate.

And it’s easy to prepare.

One dinner dilemma solved.

Vegetable and chicken bowl

Yield: Serves 4

Vegetable and chicken bowl


  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 1 bag of frozen green beans, or 1 lb. of fresh green beans
  • 3/4 lb. chicken, sliced or cubed
  • jar of pasta sauce
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Bake or boil the potatoes until soft and cut each potato into four to six pieces.
  2. Prepare frozen green beans according to the package, or steam fresh green beans after sorting through them and removing the ends.
  3. Cook the chicken however you like it -- you may even buy it already cooked.
  4. Combine the cooked potatoes, green beans and chicken. Stir in 1/2 of a jar to a full jar of the pasta sauce, depending on your taste. (I prefer Newman's Own organic pasta sauce.) Spoon the mixture into bowls.
  5. If you eat dairy, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of shredded cheese or goat cheese crumbles on top. Then sprinkle over the bowls a touch of parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. This sounds delicious. Do you find that kids will eat it too?

    • Hi, yes! Although as I mentioned, my two-year-old doesn’t want everything mixed together, so I keep his potatoes, beans and chicken separated. :0

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