Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls are filled with buffalo chicken, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and topped with blue cheese and ranch dressing! They’re perfect for a light lunch or dinner, and are super filling.
As a huge fan of buffalo chicken anything, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate the flavors into meals. I have to say one of my favorite buffalo chicken recipes is my Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta, but these Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls are giving them a run! These bowls are not only full of buffalo chicken, but also healthy ingredients like quinoa, avocado, carrots, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, and a homemade ranch.
These quinoa bowls with buffalo chicken are perfect for meal prepping ahead of time for a healthy lunch or an easy dinner that everyone will love.
This recipe has a few steps but much of the prep work can be done while the chicken and quinoa are cooking.
To start, cook the chicken and quinoa. For the chicken, you can use your favorite method for cooking chicken. I like to bake it or use my Instant Pot (recipe here), but you can saute it, grill it, boil, or use the Air Fryer, too. For the quinoa, it is a simple 2:1 quinoa to water ratio and you boil it until it is nice and fluffy. This typically takes 15-20 minutes.
While the chicken and quinoa are cooking, keep an eye on them but you can also chop the veggies. This includes halving the cherry tomatoes, chopping the romaine, shredded or chopping the carrots, chopping the cucumber, and dicing the avocado.
Lastly, assemble! Simple place your desired amount of each ingredient in each bowl and then sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and green onion, and drizzle with ranch! It’s hard to specify exact amounts for the toppings ingredients because honestly, it’s personal preference! Use the amounts below as a general suggestion but add however much you want!
Chicken Thighs Instead of Chicken Breasts – you can definitely use chicken thighs in these bowls, or even ground chicken or turkey!
Rice Instead of Quinoa – or really any other grain that you have on hand or prefer. Wheatberries, barley, and couscous would all be delicious.
Blue Cheese Dressing Instead of Ranch – whatever you like or have on hand!
These bowls with buffalo chicken are great for meal prepping. The trick, however, is that there are some ingredients that are meant to be warm and others that are cold, such as the lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, and carrots. To reheat, package the quinoa and chicken in one larger container and the fresh veggies in a separate container. Reheat the quinoa and chicken in the microwave and then add the cold vegetables immediately before serving.