I've pinned endless amount of delicious looking "buddha bowls" but never actually attempted one because honestly I thought it was going to be way too much work. But guys... the air fryer strikes again. I can't brag about one enough. So I marinated chicken in lawrey's lemon pepper marinade for about 30 minutes, when I decided I was going to entertain the idea of actually making one of these! Then when I committed, I pulled out the air fryer, a frozen bag of diced sweet potatoes and a can of garbanzo beans.
I threw the chicken in the air fryer, and pressed the chicken button (I believe that means its at 400*) and I set it for 20 minutes, flipping every so often. Because I wanted everything to be done just about the same time, I went ahead and tossed my sweet potatoes in some olive oil, salt & pepper, and threw them in the oven at 400* for 15 mins (stirring them around at about 10 mins). I drained the garbanzo beans, salted, and tossed them in a cajun seasoning for a little spice.
When the potato timer went off, I went ahead and left them in there until the chicken was done. I realized I was juggling quite a few things at a time, so I wrapped the chicken in foil, and threw them into the (turned off, but still hot)oven. I put the seasoned garbanzo beans into the air fryer and pressed the "fries" button (370*) for only about 5 minutes- and started the rice, and boiled the water for my poached egg.
I fixed the rice according to the directions, and focused mainly on the poached egg. The trick I've found to them is bring the water to a boil, turn off the burner, wait for the bubbles to stop. Then stir the water, starting almost a tornado in the middle of the pot. then plop the egg in! I have my egg pre-cracked into a bowl and ready to go. Then just let it spin & create its own little pouch! I left my egg in the hot water until I was ready to top the buddha bowl with it.
So making of the bowl... I crunched up some kale in a paper towel, and layered the bottom of the bowl with it. Placed a scoop of seasoned rice, sweet potatoes, chicken & seasoned garbanzo beans. Then I topped the bowl with a sliced avocado, and the poached egg, then sprinkled "everything bagel"seasoning all over!
The last thing that made the bowl complete was the lemon tahini dressing. Which is exactly what it sounds like. A scoop of tahini, juice of a lemon, and some salt ( a little bit of oil if its too dry ). Thats it! It really wasn't as tedious as I thought it would be... and the outcome was delish. My son is a little funny - he will eat whatever as long as it is separate. So he ate this but nothing could be blended together... so basically kid approved!
And if you haven't committed to an air fryer yet, or think they're just hype- you really are missing out. You can find SO many great, relatively inexpensive ones. you DON'T have to spend $200 on an air fryer... here's mine and I absolutely love it!