Gluten Free Southwestern Chicken Quinoa
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Gluten Free Southwestern Chicken Quinoa

Filling and flavorful, this Gluten Free Southwestern Chicken Quinoa is a 30-minute meal that’s family-friendly. It’s perfect for busy weeknights!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 613kcal
Author: Lauren



  • 1 Cup quinoa
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons cumin


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breasts * cubed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Beans and Corn

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper * diced small
  • 1 15oz can black beans * drained
  • 1 15oz can corn * drained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Smashed Avocado

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 lime * juiced
  • 1/4 Cup loosely pack cilantro leaves * chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  • Place the quinoa, water, salt, and cumin in a medium pot and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and simmer under the water has evaporated and the quinoa is tender and the germ is visible, about 15 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and chicken.  Season with salt, pepper, and the chili powder.  Cook until done through, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet (no need to clean it out), add a drizzle of olive oil and the red pepper.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender, then stir in the black bean, corn, and 1 teaspoon of chili powder. Cook another 3-4 minutes until heated through. You can mix the chicken back in if you prefer.  I like to leave it out so I can better tell how much is going into each serving.
  • In a small bowl, smash together the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and honey.
  • To serve, divide the quinoa among 4 plates or bowls.  Top with the black bean mixture, chicken, and a dollop of the smashed avocado.  Garnish with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.


Nutritional Information per Serving: 613 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 70g carbohydrates (13g fiber, 9g sugar), 50g protein
** nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending on the brands you use and any alterations you make to the recipe.