These chicken quinoa burrito bowls are great to meal prep ahead for a quick and delicious grab-and-go lunch or dinner.
I just ate one of these for lunch, and they are super delicious and filling. I was high-fiving myself for prepping these ahead.😎
My Instant Pot (Amazon affiliate) was what I used to make the chicken and quinoa (separate batches), but you can use the stovetop. I include slow cooker and stovetop instructions for my Mexican shredded chicken. And your quinoa package should also include stovetop instructions.
You know I have to admit, I haven’t been one to prep meals ahead like this. But I must say, I LOVED having these handy to grab, re-heat and eat this week. The chicken and quinoa is the base, and you can customize your toppings from there. I included sautéed onions and peppers, black beans and corn.
When it came time to eat it, I reheated the dish and then added some salsa and diced avocado, plus a little shredded cheese. And it was complete perfection. 👌🏻 YUM!
If I were taking these to an office job, I would either throw in one of those handy single-serving guacamole cups or take some salsa with me. Or both.😉 #allthetoppings
And let me tell ya, these are way-haaaay more satisfying than the sad little frozen dinners I used to take to work back in the day.
A word on these containers, which I am underwhelmed with.😬 I love that they are glass, but I would not recommend these particular ones since I have been struggling with the lids. I am having a hard time snapping them in place, plus the sliders on the lid don’t work without a lot of maneuvering. They do okay, but you might be better off looking for some other brand.
Last, I just want to state the obvious. These do not have to be prepped ahead. You can totally make this as a meal, and I have done that lots of times too.✅
Tools Used to Make Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowls
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- Instant Pot or dutch oven
- Storage Containers – these are the ones I have, but I would recommend trying a different one since I have had some issues with the lids
- Knife and cutting board
- Strainer for draining and rinsing the canned beans
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons – I have these magnetized ones, and they are fantastic!
Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowls Recipe
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Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowls (Meal Prep)
These chicken quinoa burrito bowls are great to meal prep ahead for a quick and delicious grab-and-go lunch or dinner. | APinchOfHealthy.com
- Mexican shredded chicken (made with 1 to 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs)
- Quinoa, cooked (I used 1.5 cup dry, and it made extra)
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15 ounce)
- 1 cup cooked corn kernels
- 1 bell pepper, sliced in long strips
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced in long strips
- 1/2 Tablespoon avocado oil (or oil of choice, or cooking spray)
- Optional toppings: salsa, guacamole or diced avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro, squeeze of lime
Sautee the onions and peppers in some oil over medium heat, until they soften (about 5 to 7 minutes); sprinkle with salt and pepper
Assemble your bowls and/ or meal prep containers with lids.
Reheat in either the microwave or oven until everything is warmed.
Serve with salsa, guacamole, cheese or any desired toppings.
This made five servings for me, but that can vary based on preference.