Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa


Do we need much more in life than good Mexican food like these healthy and delicious Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa? I’ve been craving Mexican/Southwestern food lately (and always). We’ve been eating it a lot the last few weeks and I’ll never get sick of it! I just love the flavors of the classic Mexican herbs and spices (the wide range of dried chilies and chili powders, cumin, cilantro, Mexican oregano) they are a go-to at my house. Plus, I love all the fresh salsas and veggies that are found in Mexican food. And I could live on fresh flour tortillas. But that’s for another day. Because these burrito bowls are all about keeping it healthy.

Grilled Chicken Burrito and Quinoa Bowls with Avocado Salsa | Cooking Classy

Grilled Chicken Burrito and Quinoa Bowls with Avocado Salsa | Cooking Classy

These protein packed chicken burrito bowls are brimming with so much delicious fresh flavor. They are made up of quite the list of ingredients but feel free to omit those optional ingredients – really all you need here is the quinoa, seasoned chicken and avocado salsa. Because this avocado salsa is EVERYTHING…and then some.

So these bowls are made up of quinoa (which is cooked in chicken broth for more flavor), a simple seasoned and grilled chicken breast, black beans, corn, cheese, and that irresistible avocado salsa. For the avocado salsa the key is good avocados that aren’t mushy. Sometimes it seems like a fine art picking out good avocados. Just watch for no bruises, definitely no solid bright greens the skin should be starting to darken, and when pressed gently it should feel just slightly soft, not squishy. And now watch for them to go on sale for .98 cents and buy a bag full like I do. Then eat avocados on everything :).

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Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa*
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 2/3 cups frozen corn , warmed (optional)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, warmed along with liquid from the can then drained (optional)
  • Mexican blend cheese or queso fresco (optional)
  • Plain Greek yogurt or light sour cream (optional)

Avocado salsa

  • 3 medium roma tomatoes , diced
  • 1 1/2 medium avocados , diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion , rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño , seeded for less heat if desired and minced**
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro


  1. In a medium saucepan stir together quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then cover, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until broth has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a grill (or indoor grill, panini press, or cook over the stove in a grill pan) to 425 degrees. In a small bowl whisk together ancho chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Pound chicken breasts to even out their thickness using the flat side of meat mallet. Brush both sides with the 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil then season both sides of chicken with the chili powder mixture (use all of it). Grill chicken until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side (or about 4 minutes total if using an indoor electric grill or panini press set at high heat or sear). Transfer chicken to a plate, cover and let rest 5 minutes then cut into pieces, season with more salt to taste if desired.
  3. While the chicken is resting, prepare avocado salsa. In a medium mixing bowl gently toss together tomatoes, avocados, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To assemble burrito bowls, divide quinoa among serving bowls. Top with chicken, corn, black beans, cheese, avocado salsa and Greek yogurt. Serve immediately.
  5. *Rinse quinoa under water in a sieve if it's not listed on the package that it's pre-rinsed.
  6. **If you don't like spicy food just omit the jalapeño, replace it with 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper if desired.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Sara | Last Night’s Feast: I am loving these vibrant flavors you’ve been putting up lately! Such a bright spot in Feb February 10, 2017 at 8:40am Reply

  • Edwina at Induction Cooking: This looks delicious. And the salsa looks divine. I haven’t made salsa for ages but I’m wishing I had a bowl of this one in front of me right now. I’ll have to try making this recipe tomorrow. Yum! February 11, 2017 at 5:18am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: These look amazing! I need them in my life!

    Paige February 11, 2017 at 9:12am Reply

  • Chels Rief: Love burrito bowls! All those colors on a bed of quinoa! So perfect. February 11, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

  • Beverley Press: pretty colourful and fresh salad that’s just so yummy to look at and eat xoxo February 11, 2017 at 10:46pm Reply

  • 2pots2cook: Love it; love the idea, colours, photos, everything ! I’m in! Thank you ! February 13, 2017 at 3:44am Reply

  • Laura: Jaclyn, your photos are exceptional.The colors, the composition, everything is gorgeous! That being said, these burrito bowls were also delicious. Easy for a weeknight dinner and adaptable for picky children’s taste. Thanks for another winner! February 14, 2017 at 8:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliments and great review Laura! February 14, 2017 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Catherine: I made this for dinner, and this was absolutely delicious. It’s like a healthier Chipotle. My husband loved it as well. This will definitely be on our dinner rotation. February 15, 2017 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Catherine! February 16, 2017 at 12:31pm Reply

  • Deb: Just made this tonight. It was exceptional. Thank you for the recipe. I will make this again and no need to do anything different. February 26, 2017 at 7:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it Deb! February 27, 2017 at 12:28pm Reply

  • Kim: This recipe is great. Such a fresh and healthy bowl of flavor. I totally forgot to add any cheese and it was not missed. We also didn’t add any greek yogurt. March 7, 2017 at 9:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked the recipe Kim! Thanks for your feedback! March 7, 2017 at 10:33pm Reply

  • Jessica: We had this for a huge family dinner last night. There was 8 of us and every single one loved it! The flavors were spot on! My father is a vegetarian and he simply left off the chicken and loaded up more beans and salsa. I saved this to my favorites, as we will be making it many times in the future!
    I’m looking forward to eating this poolside this summer, with proper grilled chicken!! April 8, 2017 at 5:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Jessica – glad you loved it! April 18, 2017 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Kari: Ok, I’m a type 1 diabetic so Carbs are my nemesis…lol. How do you think this would be with cauliflower rice instead of quinoia? It looks so delicious!! Thank you for posting this recipe…
    – Kari May 22, 2017 at 10:58am Reply

  • Kim: Could you make this as a part of meal prep for the week? If yes what should I leave off until the day I use it? June 22, 2017 at 8:38pm Reply

  • Kate: How many servings is your recipe? July 9, 2017 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Lauren: I had been wanting to try a quinoa recipe for so long and I am so happy I tried this one first! Love the chicken recipe, it is so delicious. I actually added orange and yellow bell pepper as well as a poblano pepper and it was amazing! July 10, 2017 at 8:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Lauren! I love quinoa! July 10, 2017 at 9:43pm Reply

  • michele roden: how many does this feed? Trying to find out if i need to double it up.. July 13, 2017 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Sheila: Made this tonight. Excellent healthy and very filling meal! We loved it and will definitely be making this one again! Thanks!! September 2, 2017 at 7:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Sheila! September 5, 2017 at 12:41pm Reply

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