Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls Spice Up Dinner

I have a confession to make. For the longest time, I didn’t like spicy foods. I’d always steer clear of the on menus and never make anything at home that might have a little kick.

Clearly, I was missing out on life.

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That all changed when I became pregnant. Whatever happens inside of you to make you crave weird combinations of food activated my love for spicy and I never looked back.

I would say that I tolerated buffalo sauce prior this time, but now I am in love with it. I could seriously put it on everything.

With me being home now the majority of the time, I’ve been trying to stretch our meals. Basically, I try to cook once and eat twice. I’ve been trying different recipes in the crock pot lately and I wanted to try to make some shredded buffalo chicken. I knew I would be able to use buffalo chicken for some many different recipes so it would allow us variety from night to night and not feeling like we were completely eating leftovers.

A few years ago I created a buffalo chicken dip (recipe to come!) and thought I could adjust that recipe a bit to make the chicken. I was also craving a Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl, similar to the ones they serve at Protein Bar, so I knew that would be the first meal we were going to try.

I’m so excited to say that this craving paid off! Admittedly, sometimes they don’t but this one was delicious! Check out the full recipe below.

Servings: 3-4 completed quinoa bowls with enough chicken to use for a second meal.


  • 2 lbs. of chicken (Remember, this meal will stretch.)
  • 1 bottle of your favorite buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s.)
  • ½ a cup of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 2 packets of Ranch Dressing
  • 1 ½ cups of quinoa
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots
  • ½ cup of celery, cut
  • ½ cup of blue cheese
  • Two green onions, chopped for garnish
  • Optional: Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing


1. Combine your buffalo sauce, cream cheese and sour cream and mix. If you don’t do this the sauce won’t be as smooth, but you can skip this step if you are in a rush.

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2. Add your chicken to your crock pot. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Add your packets of ranch dressing.

3. Set on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

4. When the chicken is done shred it with a fork. If the sauce is runny leave the lip of the crock pot off so some of the liquid evaporates while you make your quinoa.

5. Boil three cups of water on the stove. When it’s boiling add your quinoa and cook for about 10 minutes.

6. Once done drain the quinoa and separate into bowls. Add your chicken on top.

7. Top with carrots, celery, blue cheese and some additional hot sauce. You can also drizzle it with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

If you have young kids like mine they probably won’t go for this. Mine didn’t but we make them something else on nights we want to have great food that they won’t touch. Otherwise I’d only be eating chicken nuggets.

Make it for you because you appreciate buffalo chicken. Oh and the leftovers are perfect for topping a salad at lunch.

If you have teenagers I bet this one will be a winner for you and them! I hope you enjoy it!

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  • robin rue July 13, 2017 04.41 pm

    That sounds like a really yummy date night dinner! I am definitely making these for me and my hubby soon!

  • Erin July 13, 2017 05.00 pm

    Okay, I’m making this tonight! YUM!

  • KimberlyCruzLopez July 13, 2017 05.32 pm

    I am always looking for new things to try and anything buffalo is always at the top of my list! Looking forward to trying this!

  • Lindsay M Fischer July 13, 2017 06.27 pm

    Love, love, love buffalo anything. Your pictures of this dish are enough to sell me! Can’t wait to try it!

  • mymomwrites July 13, 2017 06.48 pm

    i am not a huge fan of spicy food, myself, but my taste buds have changed so much over the past few years, and i think that’ll really change in a little while too!

  • Motherhood and Merlot July 13, 2017 08.00 pm

    Yum! I absolutely love buffalo chicken and the flavors that are a part of it. So delish!

  • Jaclyn Quinones July 13, 2017 08.09 pm

    I love buffalo chicken! Adding this to our menu!

  • Terri Steffes July 13, 2017 10.15 pm

    This looks simply amazing! I love the freshness of the whole bowl and the flavor profile is making me hungry.

  • Melanie Walsh July 13, 2017 10.17 pm

    Yum! I love all things buffalo. This quinoa bowl will certainly spice up my otherwise boring meal plan.

  • Andrea July 13, 2017 11.32 pm

    I love quinoa and love using it as a base for my bowls. this sounds like the perfect game day recipe!

  • Cassie July 14, 2017 12.30 am

    This sounds really tasty! I haven’t found a good way to use quinoa yet so I’m keen to give this a go!! Buffalo chicken would make anything taste good!

  • Amber Nelson July 14, 2017 12.48 am

    Buffalo chicken is my favorite! i am going to try this for sure!

  • Karen Morse July 14, 2017 01.00 am

    This one sounds interesting! I don’t think I’ve had it buffalo chicken with quinoa before so I’d love to give this one a try! And quinoa’s very healthy so this is a win-win!

  • Natalie Aubele July 14, 2017 01.51 am

    Yummy ! Buffalo chicken sounds so good right now ! Adding this to my list of recipes to try ! Thanks 🙂

  • Jhilmil July 14, 2017 04.08 am

    Seems super healthy, though M a vegan, so shall have to find a substitute to the meat here!

  • Jessica Joachim July 14, 2017 10.53 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I think this is going to go onto my meal plan for the next month! I love spicy foods so this looks like it would be great

  • tickledscarlett July 14, 2017 03.37 pm

    Yum this looks delicious! We have been looking for new chicken dinner recipes and my husband LOVES buffalo flavor. And the veggies are added in…BONUS! ? Repinning for later ?

  • Shannon Gurnee July 14, 2017 07.28 pm

    This looks and sounds like such a yummy recipe. I would love to try this out sometime!

  • Debra July 14, 2017 07.59 pm

    My husband loves the flavor of buffalo chicken. Pretty much if any recipe has that kind of vibe, he wants to try it.

  • Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesses July 14, 2017 08.54 pm

    I’ve never had buffalo chicken but omg does this dish ever sound delicious! Definitely going to try it out!

  • AnnMarie John July 15, 2017 01.30 am

    What I like about quinoa is that it’s versatile and it absorbs flavor really well. It’s also a great substitute for rice, which I’m used to eating! This buffalo chicken quinoa bowl sounds SO good!

  • withkidsandcoffee July 15, 2017 02.16 am

    I’m not really a spicey foods kinda gal, but buffalo chicken has such good flavor that I usually make an exception for it. This looks so yummy with that blue cheese…and I would have never thought about serving over quinoa!

  • The Ashmores Blog July 15, 2017 03.03 am

    I love spicy and this looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alexandra Nicole July 24, 2017 05.49 am

    I am so going to try this!!! I actually already have all of the ingredients.


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