Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa


Burrito Bowls, do we need much more in life than good Mexican food like so? Here you get everything you’d find in a burrito sans tortilla and with nutritious quinoa instead! It’s brimming with goodness and incredible flavorful!

Burrito bowls layered with quinoa, grilled chicken, black beans, corn, cheese and avocado salsa. Shown here in a white speckled bowl sitting on a marble surface.

Homemade Burrito Bowl Recipe

I’ve always craving Mexican 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.


These protein packed chicken burrito bowls are brimming with so much delicious fresh flavor and it’s a recipe the whole family will love!

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Avocado salsa in a mixing bowl for burrito bowls.

Ingredients Included in This Burrito Bowl

  • Nutritious protein quinoa (which is cooked in chicken broth for more flavor)
  • Tender grilled chicken breast
  • Filling black beans
  • Sweet corn
  • Flavorful cheese
  • Homemade avoado salsa

Burrito bowls with grilled chicken quinoa and veggies.

How do You Make Them?

  • Cook the quinoa.
  • Preheat grill. Season and grill the chicken. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Make avocado salsa.
  • Divide quinoa among 5 serving bowls. Top with chicken, corn, black beans, cheese, avocado salsa and Greek yogurt.

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

Tips for This Recipe

  • Substitute quinoa with brown rice or cauliflower rice if desired.
  • To pick avocados they should be fairly firm and not mushy. They should also be free of bruises or marks.
  • Try them with grilled corn too!

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Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa

5 from 9 votes

Here you get everything you'd find in a burrito sans tortilla and with nutritious quinoa instead! It's layered with seasoned, tender grilled chicken, hearty black beans, flavorful cheese, sweet corn and a refreshing avocado salsa. So many delicious flavors!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Burrito Bowl
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 626 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Avocado Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 626 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Potassium 1520mg 43%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 2g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 19.9%
Vitamin C 28.4%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 25.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Janet: I definitely want to try this, looks delicious!! Could you provide the nutritional information? October 15, 2018 at 8:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yep! Just added it to the recipe card. October 15, 2018 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Kristin: I’ve had this recipe pinned for quite a while, but never made time to try it until recently. We have been missing out, because my husband and I LOVE these quinoa burrito bowls! They are SO delicious! I love the combination of everything together. The avocado salsa is divine. I love the flavor of the chicken. I love the texture of the quinoa. Such a delicious, healthy dinner! We had it for dinner again this week, and my husband commented once again on how much he enjoys eating this. Thank you SO much, Jaclyn, for another fantastic recipe! October 6, 2018 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you’ve both enjoyed this recipe Kristin! Thanks for your review! October 6, 2018 at 2:29pm Reply

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