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Southwest Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

These Southwest Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are the very best way to kick off 2019! Full of healthy fat, carbs and protein - this is not your average boring desk lunch!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword easy meal prep, southwestern chicken meal prep
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Southwestern Seasoning

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • crack of fresh pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Salsa Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup easy homemade salsa (or jarred salsa)

Meal Prep Bowl Garnishes

  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (stems and all)
  • 1 14 oz. can of whole kernel corn
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime


  1. The night before you make your chicken, season it with 1 tsp of salt by rubbing it into the chicken. Place in glass tupperware overnight. 

  2. The next day, dice your onion and cilantro. Set aside. Open your jar of corn and pour into a bowl. Set this aside also. Cut your avocado in half, and then into large thick slices. 

  3. Next, make your salsa! You can either make my Easy Homemade Salsa (which I'll link below) or you can just forget this step and used jarred salsa instead. 

  4. Bring 2 cups of water, 1 cup of quinoa and 1 tsp of salt to boil in a medium pot. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let cook for 15 minutes. Take off the heat and let sit for 3 minutes. Fluff with a fork. To the quinoa, add 1/2 cup of the fresh salsa. Taste and adjust for salt if needed

  5. While your quinoa is cooking, quickly stir together your spices and make your southwestern seasoning in a small bowl. Sprinkle the southwestern seasoning evenly on both sides of chicken, rubbing it in with your hands. 

  6. In a non-stick frying pan on medium heat, add olive oil and let it heat up. Once your oil is hot, add your chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until done. Use a meat thermometer or cut open chicken to make sure it’s fully cooked. Once done, I sliced mine in half to divide it between meals. 

Assembling your Southwestern Chicken Bowls

  1. Add your quinoa to the bowl first (I added about 1/3 of a cup), followed by the corn (1/3 of cup) and about 1/4 cup of red onion. Add 3-4 slices of avocado. Add 1/2 of the cooked chicken breast. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, more salsa and chopped cilantro! Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Easy Homemade Salsa recipe 

For meal prep, make sure and only add the quinoa, chicken and corn to the tupperware container to be heated. Then garnish with cilantro, avocado and salsa.