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Chicken Bulgur Bowl Recipe

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This nutritious chicken bulgur bowl with dried cranberries, arugula, pears, and wholegrain mustard dressing is a fabulous dinner recipe.

These bowls are super filling, because of the bulgur and full of great flavor from the greens, fruit, and chicken. One cool thing about bulgur is that it has fewer calories, less fat, and twice the fiber of brown rice (source).

chicken bulgar bowl with apples, arugula, dried cranberries

These bowls make an excellent take-along-to-work lunch or a quick and easy weeknight meal.

The recipe is flexible, so feel free to sub in or out the greens, dried fruit (it would be great with currants as well), or the type of pear. Just keep the wholegrain mustard dressing, because it's the best.

chicken, cranberries, bulgur, greens, and fruit in a bowl
closeup of chicken bulgur bowl

Enjoy this delicious chicken bulgur bowl recipe!

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Bulgur Bowl

Chicken Bulgur Bowl

These nutritious bulgur chicken bowls with dried cranberries, arugula, pears, and a wholegrain mustard dressing are a fabulous dinner recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Bosc pears, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • pinch of salt & pepper


  1. Add the bulgur to 2.5 cups water in a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until bulgur is cooked. Drain excess water.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk briskly to combine.
  4. Once the bulgur is cooked, distribute chicken, bulgur, arugula, cranberries, and pears between four bowls.
  5. Add dressing and serve immediately. If saving in the refrigerator, store dressing separately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 24gProtein: 33g


Friday 4th of March 2016

I love bulghur - great recipe!

Mary Angela

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

Love this recipe. Basically love anything with chicken in it! Thank you for sharing this delicious post. Attaching my Chicken Sausage Pizza recipe below. :)

Shamira West

Monday 29th of February 2016

This looks so tasty! I love that the recipe doesn't have a ton of ingredients and it is simple to make.

Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

Monday 29th of February 2016

You and I are almost blog twins today! I have a grain bowl up on my blog too. Yours looks so tasty! Love the matchstick pears. :)

Emily Wilson

Monday 29th of February 2016

Great minds think alike! :)

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