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Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites Recipe

These Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites bring the flavors of a barbecue chicken pizza into a healthy & protein-packed bite kids and adults will love.

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While most people were watching the Superbowl yesterday, I was watching the movie, “Chef.”

I’m not much of a sports fan, though I do love the foods that tend to accompany sporting events. A friend had just told me that “Chef” was on Netflix, so of course, I immediately added it to my queue. It has a bit of language in it, but I love watching just about anything where people are passionate about food.

The main character, Carl, cares about not only the food, but the authenticity and the cultural background behind it.

You see him visit all kinds of farmer’s markets for the freshest local ingredients and he puts every bit as much attention and care into making a grilled cheese as he does his Pasta Aglio e Olio and molten chocolate lava cakes.

Dipping barbecue chicken quinoa bite into bbq sauce

The guy is essentially too passionate about his food to be limited to the confines of his restaurant owner’s wishes, so he starts his own food truck, where he, a, friend, and his son travel around and serve up Cuban sandwiches, tostones, and yucca fries.

I’m not even a huge fan of Cuban sandwiches, but seeing the passion that he put into making them makes me crave one!

Speaking of cravings, I mentioned in a post recently that since I started running, my body has just started to crave certain foods.

Among my top cravings are: sweet potatoes, salmon burgers, roasted cauliflower, chicken sausage, avocados, Nutty Bars (hey, some things just never change), and all the quinoa.

Plate of quinoa bites, cilantro, and red onion with bowl of barbecue sauce

Can I Double This Recipe?


I usually make enough quinoa to last me the week and keep it in a container in the fridge so that I can either use it in a recipe, add some to whatever I’m taking to work for lunch, or make quinoa bites (my favorite way to eat it!).

Can I Freeze Them?

Yes! They freeze very well! You could certainly scoop them out and freeze them unbaked to bake them fresh, but I usually bake them first then freeze them. That way, I can pull them out for a quick lunch or snack and just throw them in the microwave.

How To Make Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites

The best part about quinoa bites is the process to make them is SO simple and easy!

  1. Gather your ingredients. I love making extra quinoa when I’m using it for another recipe to use to make a batch of these.
  2. Mix them all together. Mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spoon or scoop them out. I prefer using a cookie scoop these days for easier clean-up, but the original method for making quinoa bites used a mini muffin tin, which works well, too!
  4. Bake. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Quinoa Bites FAQs

Still have more questions? Check out the Quinoa Bites FAQs page for more answers to the most commonly asked questions.

That’s it! Four steps and you’re good to go!

dipping quinoa bite into barbecue sauce

This quinoa bite brings all of the flavors of barbecue chicken pizza into a tiny little bite of juicy chicken, fresh cilantro, red onion, sweet barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and, of course, quinoa.

I took a batch to a women’s group recently and they have been wonderful to stick in a Tupperware container and take to work with me.

plate of quinoa bites with red onion and cilantro

Next up – Cuban sandwich quinoa bite?

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites

Yield: 40 bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bite brings the flavors of a barbecue chicken pizza into a healthy & protein-packed bite kids and adults will love.


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients.
  3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin (or silicone mini muffin cups), filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


If you don't have a mini muffin tin, you can use a cookie scoop to place the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake as directed.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 5 bites (1/8th recipe)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 16g

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dipping BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bites into barbecue sauce

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta

Monday 16th of February 2015

You can quinoa-bite anything! Those sound delicious and now I'm off to Netflix. Have you seen The Hundred-Foot Journey? Food stole the show in that one too!

addie k martin (@addiekmartin)

Saturday 7th of February 2015

You are the queen of the quinoa bite! And these look fantastic! :) I love the flavor of BBQ chicken!

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