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Banza Chicken Bowls with Calabrian Chili Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay Ostrom
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes enough sauce and salad for at least 4 bowls


This bowl has it all! The crunch of the tomato cucumber salad, the thin slips of bitey red onion, the golden crisped air fryer chicken cut into tender little strips, a big pile of perfectly chewy Banza, and a dollop of tangy calabrian chile sauce on top.


Units Scale

Tomato Cucumber Salad

  • 1 English cucumber, cut into chunks (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • a small chunk of red onion, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • a small bundle of parsley, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Calabrian Chile Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 23 individual Calabrian chiles, stems discarded, smashed / minced (I use a jarred variety)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • a splash of castelvetrano olive brine (optional, see notes)
  • salt to taste

The Rest


  1. Tomato Salad: Toss the tomato cucumber salad ingredients together. Taste and adjust! (If you wanted to prep ahead, save the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion in separate containers in the fridge with no liquids added until just before serving.)
  2. Sauce: Stir up the sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust! This keeps super well in the fridge for several days.
  3. Chicken and Banza: Make the chicken and the banza (or whatever carb you like).
  4. You’re Done! Yum! Assemble and serve! Gah! So good.


Olive Brine: This adds a salty, buttery effect to the sauce. It’s delightful. If you don’t have it, don’t run out to the store just for this. You can skip it and you’ll be fine. I’ve also subbed pickle brine and it’s fine, but a bit brighter since the pickle brine is tangier than the olive brine.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken bowls, Banza, Banza rice, air fryer chicken