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A Crowd-Pleasing Summer Chicken Bowl with Tzatziki Sauce

By Inside Columbia

Photo by L.G. Patterson

Most of you know that I’m a Missouri girl, born and raised. My family in Richmond still raises some of the best beef you’ll ever taste. My story includes marrying an East Coast boy and together we’ve raised another generation of Missouri boys who are looking to make the most of what Missouri has to offer.

Aside from my family, I’ve happily amassed a friend group of fellow native Missourians and a few transplants. Together we love this location and all it has to offer. Several times each year we make a girl’s pilgrimage to “MeeMaw’s house” at the lake for a weekend of laughter, sisterhood and plenty of food and drinks. We have enjoyed this bowl more than once, and each of us revel in our favorite ingredients. Some love the chicken. Others favor the rice and vegetables, and there are a few who would probably only eat the tzatziki sauce. It’s the epitome of a crowd pleaser, and I hope you can cook it for your family and for their broad flavor interests as well. Everyone can mix a custom bowl. Is there really anything better than that? I kind of don’t think so! Let’s eat!

Summer Bowl with Chicken and Tzatziki Sauce


Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 medium English cucumber, the long skinny ones (I don't peel it, but you can)
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt or a combination of Greek yogurt and sour cream
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus some lemon zest to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped dill or 1 tsp dried
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Bowl Toppings

  • Rice or quinoa cooked to package directions
  • Roasted onions, squash, or any preferred vegetable
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Grilled chicken breasts


  • Use the cooked rice on quinoa as a base. Top with vegetables and chicken. Finish with the tzatziki sauce and feta cheese.

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