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Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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This healthy make-ahead chicken burrito bowl is filled with protein-rich quinoa, creamy avocado, pico de gallo and pickled onions. The ultimate high protein, gluten free lunch or dinner recipe. 

Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Leftovers can be a touchy subject. Some people love them while others refuse to eat them. My secret? Repurpose them!

Chicken Quinoa Bowls a healthy gluten free Mexican dinner recipe

These Mexican-inspired chicken quinoa bowls came about recently when I had leftover quinoa sitting in the fridge along with several ripe avocados that weren’t going to make it very long.

Chicken Quinoa Bowls a gluten free high protein dinner recipe

For added protein, I seasoned chicken breasts cubes with cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder and cayenne before sautéing it until golden brown in a little olive oil. If you’re stretched for time, shredded rotisserie chicken works like a charm.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowls a healthy dinner recipe

For a boost of freshness and a little welcomed acidity to balance the creamy avocado, I top each bowl with a big scoop of pico de gallo and a couple tablespoons of pickled onions.

The end result? A perfectly balanced, nutrient-dense, flavor packed meal in a bowl.

Your fork is waiting.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Bowls - a healthy dinner recipe

Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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This healthy make-ahead chicken burrito bowl is filled with protein-rich quinoa, creamy avocado,and pico de gallo.The ultimate high protein recipe.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup quinoa (prepared according to package instructions)
  • 2 avocados (pitted and sliced)
  • 4 servings pico de gallo

Pickled Red Onions

  • ½ cup red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Mexican Chicken


  • To prepare the pickled onions, place onions, lime juice and salt in a bowl and toss well. Let sit for 15 minutes or longer; set aside until you’re ready to assemble bowls.
  • Meanwhile, place the chicken cubes in a medium bowl and season with all of the spices (cumin through cayenne.) Toss well to coat evenly.
  • Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until cooked through and slightly browned, about 7-9 minutes; set aside until you’re ready to assemble bowls. 
  • To assemble bowls, divide cooked quinoa evenly between four dishes. Top with equal parts of the sautéd chicken, avocado slices, pico de gallo and pickled onions. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.


Can be prepared up to 3 days in advance. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 42.5gProtein: 37.7gFat: 18.5gSaturated Fat: 1.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 16.6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 880mgFiber: 8.1gSugar: 2.9g

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