(Instant Pot) Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa are so easy to make and have tons of flavor! I like to make them with chicken thighs but if you prefer white meat, chicken breast would work too. Extra limes for squeezing on top are recommended!
These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa are so easy to make and have tons of flavor! I like to make them with chicken thighs but if you prefer white meat, chicken breast would work too. Extra limes for squeezing on top are recommended!
These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa are so easy to make and have tons of flavor! I like to make them with chicken thighs but if you prefer white meat, chicken breast would work too. Extra limes for squeezing on top are recommended!

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, this is the one I have, but you can make this in a slow cooker on low 4 to 6 hours. My best advice is double the chicken recipe (same cook time) and use it the next day for tacos or taco salads, the chicken is so good! If your family doesn’t like spicy foods, you can leave the chipotle out.

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Ingredients:

For the chipotle chicken:
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle paste
  • 1 cup prepared mild salsa
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 ears corn, husks removed
For the quinoa:
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
For the bowls:
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz (1 small) haas avocado, sliced
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine the salt, cumin black pepper, chipotle, and salsa.
  2. Place the chicken in the pressure cooker and pour the salsa over chicken. Cook on high pressure 20 minutes. Quick or natural release, add the corn and cook high pressure 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the quinoa, water and salt to a saucepan and cook over high heat, bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 18 to 22 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and remove from heat. Stir in the lime juice, olive oil, and 1/4 cup cilantro.
  4. When chicken is cooked, remove corn and set aside on a dish.
  5. Remove the chicken and place in a bowl, shred and add 1/2 cup of the sauce. Using a knife cut the corn off the husk.
  6. Place 2/3 cup quinoa in each bowl, with 1/2 cup shredded chicken topped with more sauce, 1/3 cup corn, 1/4 cup tomatoes and 1 ounce avocado.
  7. Top with remaining cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 bowl

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 9
  • Points +: 10
  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 107mg
  • Sodium: 648mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Protein: 29.5g
These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa are so easy to make and have tons of flavor! I like to make them with chicken thighs but if you prefer white meat, chicken breast would work too. Extra limes for squeezing on top are recommended!
These Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa are so easy to make and have tons of flavor! I like to make them with chicken thighs but if you prefer white meat, chicken breast would work too. Extra limes for squeezing on top are recommended!