Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Packed full of flavor, and easy to make!

This recipe will become an easy favorite, especially if you cook your quinoa in broth.

It is protein-rich and full of healthy goodness. You could make this recipe with rice, but when you substitute quinoa for rice you add more protein and more fiber to your meal. It’s an easy, healthy win!

It is basically a chicken burrito in a bowl. In a bowl you can see all the pretty colors. That always seems to make eating healthy more enjoyable.

Is this a meal prep recipe?

This recipe is great for meal prepping. You can make the quinoa in advance and warm it up when you are ready to eat it.

You can also cook your chicken in advance and warm it up when you are ready to create your burrito bowl.

Any toppings - cut them up ahead of time too.

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“If you could live in any TV show, which show would it be?”

Savor each answer. I am sure you will be smiling as you listen to the conversation. The more imaginatory the better. And hey, if it helps you slow down and enjoy both your meal and your family - that is a VERY GOOD THING.

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Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowl

An easy meal prep recipe, full of flavor.  So quick and easy, it will become a family favorite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 513
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

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Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cups uncooked quinoa cook according to package directions
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin

Possible toppings:

  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • ripe avocado sliced
  • guacamole
  • green onion sliced
  • cheese shredded
  • plain greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. (or see notes for additional suggestions)
  • Mix up spices and spread on chicken breasts.
  • While quinoa is cooking prep any toppings you woud like to use.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet on medium-high. Cook chicken breasts until about 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Cool chicken enough to dice.
  • Divide quinoa into 4 bowls. Top with diced chicken and your toppings of choice.

Notes

NOTE: Nutrition label reflects only primary bowl ingredients. Any additional toppings suggested may substantially change the nutrient profile of each person's individual dish.
To add extra flavor to the entire dish, cook the quinoa with seasonings. See this recipe for how to make tasty quinoa.

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Amount per Serving
Calories
513
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
145
mg
48
%
Sodium
 
1455
mg
63
%
Potassium
 
1234
mg
35
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
57
g
114
%
Vitamin A
 
539
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
59
mg
6
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.

Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.

Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

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