Monday, February 3, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl.

Did you dine on any buffalo sauce-flavored snacks for the Super Bowl? I didn't, but I have a healthy version of a 'buffalo' recipe to share to make up for it! This Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl is an easy way to get your buffalo sauce fix with protein-packed quinoa and crunchy veggies {carrots + celery}.

One of my favorite places to grab a healthy lunch while working downtown during the week is Protein Bar. I usually get either a Buffalo Bowl with tofu or a protein smoothie. Before trying the buffalo-flavored bowl, I was never a huge fan of 'buffalo sauce' or foods flavored with hot sauce. I don't like eating chicken wings because they're so messy {I know...} and I didn't grow up in a family that kept hot sauce in the fridge.

However, I'm a hot sauce convert with this dish! I used Frank's Buffalo Sauce, but I think any favorite buffalo sauce will work.

This dish has only a few ingredients, including crunchy celery and carrots, blue cheese, chicken, and quinoa, but it's packed with flavor.

This turned out to be a delicious copycat recipe of the Protein Bar Buffalo Bowl. I tried to keep the use of cheese light in this recipe, and you can use less sauce to lower the sodium count, if needed.

Make this dish for yourself and a friend ASAP!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Yields: 2 servings

1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup quinoa
2 stalks celery
2 carrots
1 cup shredded chicken {I used rotisserie}
4 Tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
2 Tablespoons blue cheese, plus 2 teaspoons for serving

How to~ 
*Rinse quinoa with water and drain. Bring quinoa and chicken broth to a boil; simmer until water is evaporated and quinoa is fluffy {about 15 minutes}. Add extra water and keep simmering if needed. *While the quinoa is cooking, chop the celery and shred the carrots.
 *Once the quinoa is done, mix the chicken, buffalo sauce, celery and carrots. Add 2 Tablespoons of blue cheese.
*Top each bowl with a small sprinkle of blue cheese before serving.

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  1. This looks like the best version of buffalo chicken anything that I've seen! (Honestly!) ;]

  2. That's so nice, thank you! Definitely try it, I can't get enough! I made it twice just last week.