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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

This Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl recipe is an easy way to get your buffalo sauce fix with protein-packed quinoa and crunchy veggies {carrots + celery}. 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.

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 Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl recipe includes 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 these Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls for yourself and a friend ASAP!


Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls

A healthy lunch or dinner recipe made with my favorite hot sauce.

Servings 2


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 stalks celery {chopped}
  • 1 cup shredded carrots {apx. 2 large carrots}
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 4 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 tbsp bleu cheese {+2 teaspoons}


  1. 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.

  2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop the celery and shred the carrots.

  3. Once the quinoa is done, mix the chicken, buffalo sauce, celery and carrots. Add 2 Tablespoons of blue cheese.

  4. Top each bowl with a small sprinkle of blue cheese before serving.

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