Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Jul 1, 2014 by

CrockPot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Oh boy, are you guys as busy as I have been so far this summer?  I feel like I’m losing entire days and when I get ready for bed, I haven’t any idea what I’ve gotten accomplished for the day!  Don’t worry, I’m not totally losing it, it’s just that play dates and swimming and all around outdoor kid playing, takes up more time that you would think. The next two weeks promise to be even busier since we’ve thrown swim lessons in the mix for my 5 year old.

This past weekend, my husband and I actually got out.  At night.  Without kids.  We were celebrating my brother’s 40th birthday. My sister in law threw him a backyard BBQ party.  I was in charge of bringing a few appetizer type things, so of course I brought my new favorite Layered Ranch Taco Salad.  I also made a Mango, Pineapple & Avocado salsa, which was inspired by my Mango Salad.  It was a great time and we got to catch up with all the guys that my brother has been friends with since we were kids. 

CrockPot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Since I may or may not have had one or two several drinks throughout the night, I was feeling extra lazy on Sunday.  I didn’t even get around to grocery shopping Sunday, which is my day to shop.  I knew that since it was hot out, I wanted to pull out the Crock Pot.  I had been wanting to transform a recipe I saw a while back into a crock pot meal, so this gave me an excuse to go ahead and finally do it.  So the Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls were created.

The best part of using the crock pot is that for once, I spent a full Sunday outside floating around in the pool.  My husband was home so he was playing with the kids in the pool, which freed me up to literally just lay there and float.  Pretty much the best thing ever.

The recipe that inspired this dish is Summer BBQ Quinoa Salad by How Sweet It Is.  You’ll see that it’s quite different, but nonetheless, it’s where the inspiration came from, so I like to give the shout out.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls
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  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ C chicken broth
  • 1 C BBQ sauce
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 11 oz can corn, drained
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 C cooked quinoa
  • ¼ C cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Optional: diced avocado for garnish
  1. Place chicken in crockpot. Pour in chicken broth. Sprinkle with paprika, onion, powder and garlic powder. Cover and cook on low 4 hours.
  2. After four hours, remove chicken and shred. Pour liquid out of crock pot. Place shredded chicken back in crockpot. Add BBQ sauce, red onion, black beans, corn and bacon. Stir well to coat chicken. Cover and cook on low another 30 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa to chicken mixture. Stir in cilantro and green onions. Spoon into bowls and serve. Garnish with chopped avocado if desired.


  1. Love this dish! Great colors, flavors sound awesome and gotta love the ease of a slow cooker! Yum!

  2. Fabulous recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try!! My husband won’t even notice the quinoa when it is mixed with bacon :-)

  3. This looks so good! No heating up the kitchen either. Love it!

  4. This is a crazy busy time for us too! Love having some quick and easy recipes I can call on that don’t require turning on the oven!

  5. Who needs buns when you can have this? What a fabulous recipe!

  6. This looks delicious! And I love the summery flavors without having to turn on the oven in our house!

  7. Forget the buns! This looks fantastic all by itself.

  8. These bowls look so tasty! Great comfort food!

  9. This dish looks incredible! I bet it was perfect for the BBQ!

  10. I’m diggin the quinoa bowls!

  11. What a colorful dish! Absolutely lovely!

  12. I am so thankful for this recipe. I need to add quinoa more to my diet. I have a few bags of it and this recipe sounds scrumptious.

  13. YUM, these bbq chicken quinoa bowls looks delicious! :)

  14. one of my favorite recipes is a Mexican chicken and quinoa skillet, and this doesn’t look too far off from that. I love the BBQ twist and I LOVE that its made in a crockpot!

  15. BBQ, Chicken and Quinoa. A few of my favorite things in ONE Bowl? YES!

  16. I love these easy to make carefree meals! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All submissions get pinned to our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  17. Healthy and delicious! Love using my slow cooker in the summer.

  18. I feel the same way, this summer is flying by and the days feel long and short at the same time! This dish looks delicious, pinning it! Have a great weekend and now following on FB. :)

  19. Hi, there! This looks AMAZING and is so perfect since it’s made in the crock pot. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned it for later! Thanks so much for sharing at our first On Display Thursday link party. We are so happy to have had you link up!! Have a great weekend. – Bre @ Average But Inspired

  20. This looks delicious! It has been pinned to the On Display Thursday Board. Come link up again!

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