Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Kid Friendly30 Minute MealsGluten Free

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

This past Sunday I sat in my chair looking up at the stage in the elementary school we hold our new church. Jacob, our worship pastor, was up there leading worship like he does every week .. but for some reason this time felt different.

I have been a journey the past seven or so months. A journey of confusion, anger, asking lots of questions, and then feelings of helplessness.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

But in those moments when Jacob was up there leading worship, I felt like God was rushing into the room like a tidal wave. I literally felt blown over by His love, so much so that it literally took my breathe away when I was singing. Tears slowly started to stream down my face.

It was like, in that very moment, when I needed to be touched by God he heard me and came flooding in to let me know how much He loves me, how much He treasures me.

For so long I have been wanting to run away from Him in anger and frustration. But no matter how hard I tried to hide, He was not willing to let me go and that morning I felt it more than ever!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

The next day I was sitting on the ground playing Legos with Cason. I had music on in the background and this song by Bethel came on …

When you sigh
The wind becomes a sonnet
When you laugh
The storm around me ceases
You whisper
And all my enemies are scattered
You surround me
With angels on assignment

What a wondrous thing
I can stand to sing
Cause when I fall to my knees
You’re the one who pulls me up again

What a mystery
That you notice me
And in a crowd of ten thousand
You don’t miss a thing
Cause you see everything

There’s no place I can go
Where your love won’t find me
No place I can hide
That you don’t see
There’s no place I can fall
Where your love couldn’t catch me
You see it all, you see it all
Through the eyes of love

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

God is not surprised one bit by all the hard stuff we are having to walk through right now. He knows exactly what I’m struggling with. He listens as I vent to Him, and is there when I’m crying and don’t know what to do. He knows my heart, just like he knows yours. I have listened to that song on repeat the past couple of days … and just let the words wash over me. “I am seen and I am known by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. There’s no place I can go you’re love won’t find me. No place I can hid that you don’t see. When I misunderstand, you’re love understands me. You see it all through the eyes of love.”

God love for us is fierce like a roaring Lion and comforting and gentle like a Lamb. I pray that you feel that today … no I pray that you are overwhelmed by that love today! Just like I was on Sunday morning!

I love you sweet friends!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Ok, onto the recipe. Cuz … believe me. It is a good one!

Since football season is in full force so is football food! One of my husbands favorite things is Buffalo Chicken … basically anything! (did you know they even make Buffalo Chicken Chips? Yeah … he’s obsessed) But Buffalo Chicken Dip is a favorite of his, however it’s not the healthiest.

Until now!

I took the dip recipe, healthified it (yeah I made that word up) and transformed it into a delicious nutritious meal you’re gonna love! At first, I will admit, Mike wasn’t so excited about adding QUINOA to his sacred dip. But after taking the first bite the rest of his bowl was devoured in minutes!!

The Buffalo Chicken mixture itself is easy, it’s just a little bit of cream cheese, your favorite buffalo sauce, and chicken! That’s it! Then you can add whatever you want to the bowl! It’ll will be a new staple in our house for game day Sunday! 🙂 That’s for sure!

Bon Appetit friends!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls topped with avocado, tomato, shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and served on a bed of quinoa. Football food just got a healthy facelift! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 bowls
  • Category: Chicken, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, 30 Minute Meal

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
  • 3/4 cup franks red hot sauce (origninal)
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of chopped green leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro
  • optional: drizzle ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. To a medium sauce pan, add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the quinoa sit there for 5 minutes. Then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. In the meantime, add shredded chicken, franks red hot sauce, and cream cheese to a medium bowl. Mix everything together and make sure all the chicken is coated with the sauce.
  3. Assemble the bowls. Add 3/4 cup of quinoa, 3/4 cup of lettuce, 1/2 cup of the buffalo chicken mixture, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, sliced red onion, and fresh cilantro. (optional: drizzle ranch dressing on top)
  4. Serve and devour!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 442
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 1797 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 34 g
  • Cholesterol: 63 mg

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43 Responses
  1. What a beautiful song! I love Bethel music, but I haven’t heard this song yet. The lyrics, though, are incredibly beautiful and encouraging–I really needed that today!. On a dinner note, this meal you put together looks incredible!

  2. Buffalo chicken is a big thing in our house right now and I know these quinoa bowls would be very well received.

    I think of you often, friend. I’m so sorry that you are going through such a tough time. xo

    1. Oh thank you so much Dara! You are so sweet girl! Wish we could meet up and get a big hug from you! 🙂

      You’re boys will TOTALLY love these, especially if Buffalo Chicken is their jam!

  3. Hi Krista

    I stumbled over your website awhile back and must have signed up for the recipes because one just popped into me email not ten minutes ago.
    Can I just say how visually appealing your website is – so colourful and beautifully photographed. You are so very talented and your recipes look so delicious – and not full of lots of weird things one has to do special shopping for.
    I have now pinned your website ~ I don’t want to lose track of you! I’m guessing you must be American – I have no idea what buffalo chicken is but I’m definitely going to give it a try. (Or maybe I’m just an ignorant Australian.)
    I’m going to spend the next – oh… probably at least a couple of hours.. going over your website – its so inspirational – and certainly much more fun than doing my annual tax return!
    So sorry you’re struggling… but glad to hear the music gave you a lift. Music can certainly touch your heart as do those around us.
    Good things!

    1. hahaa…. You’re comment totally made my day! Yes, I am america. Grew up in Wisconsin but now live in Texas and my husband adored football and all things buffalo chicken. Hence my “healthier” version of buffalo chicken. 🙂 It’s delicious … trust me!

      You sound like a girl after my own heart… searching for recipes to avoid doing work! Yup.. me in a nut shell. Just add in a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and we’re twins! Thank you for putting a smile on my face today Lisa! You’re such a sweetheart!

  4. […] Okay, this recipe might not be great for a large party, but if you’re having a small gathering or watching the game by yourself, this healthy recipe could be a game day game-changer. I love bowls. I love quinoa. And football loves buffalo chicken. Imagine someone passing around mini buff chick quinoa bowls instead of chili at a tailgate?! This bowl might just be the future of game day eats, you guys. Or at least it might be for me. My younger brothers are reading this right now and cringing. Sorry I’m not sorry. Healthy football recipes FTW! Get the recipe here. […]

  5. […] Okay, this recipe might not be great for a large party, but if you’re having a small gathering or watching the game by yourself, this healthy recipe could be a game day game-changer. I love bowls. I love quinoa. And football loves buffalo chicken. Imagine someone passing around mini buff chick quinoa bowls instead of chili at a tailgate?! This bowl might just be the future of game day eats, you guys. Or at least it might be for me. My younger brothers are reading this right now and cringing. Sorry I’m not sorry. Healthy football recipes FTW! Get the recipe here. […]

  6. […] Okay, this recipe might not be great for a large party, but if you’re having a small gathering or watching the game by yourself, this healthy recipe could be a game day game-changer. I love bowls. I love quinoa. And football loves buffalo chicken. Imagine someone passing around mini buff chick quinoa bowls instead of chili at a tailgate?! This bowl might just be the future of game day eats, you guys. Or at least it might be for me. My younger brothers are reading this right now and cringing. Sorry I’m not sorry. Healthy football recipes FTW! Get the recipe here. […]

  7. Gorgeous pictures. I made these buffalo chicken quinoa bowls for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Krista!

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