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Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa


These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa make a great dinner or lunch. To pack as a lunch, simply layer into a mason jar or plastic storage container and watch your co-workers get envious.

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cups quinoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 chipotle pepper, minced plus 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breast, boneless, skinless, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 5 ounce packaged spinach, spring greens, or arugula
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved, if desired
  • 1 avocado, peeled, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup radishes, sliced
  • 2 scallions or green onions, finely chopped


Servings 4
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Step 1


In a medium heavy-duty pot, add water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until quinoa absorbs all the liquid, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Into the quinoa, stir in the zest and juice of 2 limes and chopped cilantro.


Into a large zip-top bag, add marinade ingredients: 2 tablespoons canola oil, minced chipotle pepper, adobe sauce, honey, salt, and pepper. Add chicken breasts into the bag, making sure the chicken is well-coated with marinade. Let sit for 10 minutes (make the quinoa as you wait) or place chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 24 hours.

Into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, warm remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken breasts and marinade liquid, using tongs to frequently turn the chicken breasts to be coated in marinade. Sauté until chicken is fully cooked, around 4 to 6 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat. When chicken has cooled slightly, transfer chicken to cutting board to chop into bite-size pieces. Then, transfer remaining liquid from pan into a small bowl; stir vinegar into the liquid to use as a dressing.

To assemble, add the greens into the bottom of each bowl. Divide quinoa and chicken among each bowl, along with tomatoes, avocado, carrots, radishes, and scallions. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.

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