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Large bowl of chicken and quinoa served with tomatoes, kale and toasted almonds

Chicken and Quinoa Bowl

Chicken and Quinoa Bowl is an easy weeknight dinner that you can throw together with leftover quinoa, chicken, any vegetables and nuts - hearty and healthy!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 447kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast or tenders
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup toasted silvered almonds
  • Chopped parsley for serving


  • Place quinoa in a small saucepan and add 2 ¼ cup water. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the quinoa to rest in the saucepan for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, to absorb all the liquid and steam. Uncover and fluff with a fork to separate the quinoa.
  • In a shallow bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the paprika, turmeric, coriander, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add chicken to the bowl and coat in the seasoning mixture.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer the chicken to the skillet and cook until the juices run clear, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and allow it to cool, then slice each breast into strips.
  • In the same skillet used to cook the chicken, add the kale and cook on medium-high heat until softened and charred, about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. You may have to cook in batches. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the cherry tomatoes and cook on medium-high heat until softened and charred, about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  • Assemble the chicken and quinoa bowls by dividing the quinoa, chicken, kale, tomatoes and almonds between four bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 1205mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10742IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 6mg