Bowls have gone beyond “having a moment” and officially become a dinnertime staple. And why not? They’re hearty, comforting, and so versatile. This version is packed with delicious (nutritious!) fixings like spiced chicken and toasty, roasted sweet potatoes. They’re served over a bed of scallion-flecked lime rice and topped with fresh salsa and smoky-hot chipotle crema. Yep, this bodacious bowl is sure to satisfy.
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Southwest Spice Blend
• Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Dice sweet potato into ½-inch pieces. Halve, peel, and cut onion into ½-inchthick wedges. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens. Zest and quarter lime. Dice tomato.
• Toss sweet potato on one side of a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil, half the Southwest Spice (you’ll use the rest later), salt, and pepper. Toss onion on empty side with a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper. • Roast on top rack, tossing halfway through, until veggies are browned and tender, 25 minutes.
• Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add scallion whites; cook until softened, 1 minute. • Add rice, ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4 servings), and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. • Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.
• While rice cooks, in a small bowl, combine sour cream, a squeeze of lime juice, and a pinch of chipotle powder (taste and add more from there if you like things spicy). Stir in water 1 tsp at a time until mixture reaches a drizzling consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
• Pat chicken* dry with paper towels; season with remaining Southwest Spice, salt, and pepper. • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, 3-5 minutes per side. • Transfer to a cutting board. Let chicken rest 5 minutes (while making salsa in next step), then slice crosswise.
• In a second small bowl, combine tomato, scallion greens, a squeeze of lime juice, salt, and pepper. • Fluff rice with a fork; add a squeeze of lime juice, salt, pepper, and lime zest to taste. TIP: If you like, stir in 1 TBSP butter; 2 TBSP for 4 servings. • Divide rice between bowls; top with veggies, chicken, and salsa. Drizzle with chipotle crema. Serve with any remaining lime wedges on the side.