Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Calories
442

These healthy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls are a game-changer! Spicy shredded buffalo chicken is served over a fluffy bed of quinoa and topped with creamy avocado slices, juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and cool ranch dressing.

Want another yummy quinoa recipe for football night? Add my Southwestern Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers to the menu!

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl or serving a weeknight dinner, these buffalo chicken quinoa bowls are a mouthwatering meal that everyone will devour. The crowd-favorite flavors of buffalo chicken combine with fresh, juicy veggies and fluffy quinoa in one irresistible bowl! And it all comes together in less than 30 minutes.

You can easily customize this recipe by using different veggies or substituting the quinoa. I love topping my bowls with some creamy ranch, but feel free to go for shredded cheddar, bleu cheese dressing or anything else you like. Get creative and create your ultimate buffalo chicken bowls!

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a popular gluten-free grain replacement that’s made from the seeds of a flowering plant native to South America. Not only is it great for people with celiac disease and others on a gluten-free diet, but it’s also packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. In fact, quinoa contains more dietary minerals than most grains do! Plus, it’s super tasty and easy to work with.

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Recipe Ingredients

Listed below are the trusty ingredients that make this quick and easy dinner stand out from the rest. Let’s get started!

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: Cooked and shredded.
  • Hot Sauce: I use Frank’s Original Red Hot.
  • Cream Cheese: Don’t forget to soften it!
  • Quinoa: Uncooked.
  • Water: For cooking the quinoa.
  • Green Leaf Lettuce: Chopped into pieces of your desired size.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Cut in half.
  • Avocados: Remove the cores and the skin, then slice them up.
  • Red Onion: Sliced.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Diced.
  • Ranch Dressing: Optional, to top off the bowls.
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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

These hearty quinoa bowls take the stress and strain out of healthy meal prep. Get ready to sigh with relief when you see how easy they are!

Cook Quinoa: Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

Let Sit: Turn the heat off and let the quinoa sit there for 5 minutes. Then, fluff it up with a fork.

Combine Chicken, Hot Sauce & Cream Cheese: While the quinoa is resting, add the shredded chicken, Frank’s red hot sauce and cream cheese to a medium bowl. Mix everything together and make sure all the chicken is coated with the sauce.

The shredded buffalo chicken mixture in a glass mixing bowl with a metal fork

Assemble Bowls: Gather 4 serving bowls and add 3/4 cup of quinoa, 3/4 cup of lettuce and 1/2 cup of shredded buffalo chicken to each one. Distribute the cherry tomatoes, sliced avocados, sliced red onion and fresh cilantro equally among each bowl.

Enjoy! Drizzle the bowls with ranch dressing, if desired, and serve them immediately.

Two buffalo chicken quinoa bowls on a countertop with a small bowl of ranch dressing

Tips for Success

Want more advice for making flawless buffalo chicken quinoa bowls? Take note of these easy tips and tricks before you start cooking.

  • Check the Water to Quinoa Ratio: It’s important to use the right amount of water when cooking your quinoa. Make sure there is twice as much water as there is quinoa for guaranteed fluffiness.
  • Give it a Rest: Letting the quinoa rest after it cooks is another helpful tip for light and fluffy quinoa. Leave it alone for 5 minutes, then fluff it up before adding it to the bowls.
  • Coat the Chicken Well: You want your shredded chicken to be coated evenly with the hot sauce and cream cheese mixture so the flavor is equally distributed. Softening the cream cheese is a must to make this happen!
  • Adjust the Heat: Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the spiciness of their food. If you like milder buffalo chicken wings, pick a less intense hot sauce. If you taste the buffalo chicken and want to add even more heat, go ahead and mix in some smoked paprika or crushed red pepper flakes.
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Serving Suggestions

You can never go wrong with this recipe, but there are plenty of ways to go right! Here are some super yummy serving ideas:

  • Wrap it Up: Instead of chopping up some lettuce for your quinoa bowls, try wrapping everything into lettuce leaves and turning your bowls into buffalo chicken lettuce wraps!
  • Pair with Potatoes: Want a healthy side dish to round out this nutritous meal? Consider choosing these savory baked Garlic Ranch Potatoes! You won’t regret it.
  • Serve with Roasted Veggies: When in doubt, add more veggies! I love pairing my buffalo chicken bowls with these tender Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms.
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How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

If you think you may have leftovers, hold off on assembling all of the bowls. Store the ingredients in separate airtight containers in the fridge, making sure the quinoa and chicken are completely cooled before refrigerating. Leftovers last for 4-5 days, if stored properly.

The chicken can be reheated in the oven and the quinoa can be warmed up on the stove. You could also simply microwave them (separately, of course). Add a splash of water to the quinoa so it’s not too dry and give it a good fluff after reheating it.

Can I Freeze Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls?

Yes! Each component of these quinoa bowls can be frozen in a freezer-safe container or storage bag. Just make sure the chicken and quinoa have cooled first. Thaw everything out in the fridge before reheating and assembling.

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: South American

Description

These healthy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls are a game-changer! Spicy shredded buffalo chicken is served over a fluffy bed of quinoa and topped with creamy avocado slices, juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and cool ranch dressing.

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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. Gather 4 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 to each bowl. (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

Keywords: quinoa bowls, buffalo chicken, leftover chicken ideas

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42 Responses
  1. Nicki-2

    I was looking for a recipe using rotisserie chicken, and I really enjoyed your “Blog” that you put with it! I Praise God for young people , like you, that express your love (and disappointment) with others about your walk with The Lord… Yes, He feels everything we go through, and He wants to Raise Us Up… Big time, and comfort us so we can comfort others… which you have done! Many Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Sue

    I needed to find a simple chicken recipe and found this one. It was quick and easy. My husband loved it. I used another blog tip to shred the chicken with my hand mixer, which then. Add it easy to mix in the cream cheese and the sauce. Very healthy and filling, but not a heavy meal. We posted pics on FB, and everyone loved it!

  3. Lisa Edwina

    Looks great ! i love hearty chicken is delicious and useful for health.chicken provide vitamin A and vitamin C, and chikcen low fat protein.

  4. Jessica Smith

    Hello Krista! This looks fabulous! We are big buffalo fans in our house and I’m sure this would be a hit. I love the quinoa!

  5. Kira

    Loved this so much I am making it again tonight, one week later! I swapped the cream cheese with Greek yogurt to make it a little lighter and it was the perfect substitute. I also sprinkled a little feta cheese on the top before serving. My husband loves buffalo sauce so he loved this dish. Thanks for the recipe… it’ll be one we use often!

  6. Karen

    Oh you message jut touched my heart! I was meant to read this recipe and your message today! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot wait to put this chicken over quinoa. The thought never occurred to me – and this makes it soo good!!

  7. Bella Hardy

    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!

  8. EasyRoast

    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.

  9. Lisa

    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. Krista

      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!

  10. Cookin Canuck

    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. Krista

      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!

  11. Michelle | A Latte Food

    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!

  12. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Absolutely love this bowl, Krista! Pretty much anything Buffalo is my favorite thing 😉 I think my hubs would love this (he’s not big on quinoa, either)!

  13. Erin@WellPlated

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us and for this wonderful reminder to know our voices don’t fall on deaf ears <3

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