by Olena

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa with Broccoli

by Olena

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa with Broccoli

This Buffalo chicken quinoa was delicious and scrumptious! You wouldn’t feel like you are eating a clean meal but you are! It tastes like the best Chinese takeout in town, similar to sweet and sour chicken, with crunchy broccoli, nutty quinoa and zesty green onion. I know, Chinese cuisine has nothing to do with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce but that’s what I felt like.

I am trying really hard to share my simple dinners with you. The truth is quite often I make quick skillets that I think are too simple to even call a recipe or don’t look that pretty. But they are lean, healthy, delicious and are a food I really eat more often than any other fancy meal. Would you like to see more of protein and vegetables quickly thrown together dinners? They are more of a fit food, meal prep type. Let me know.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa with Broccoli served on a plate

So, this Buffalo chicken quinoa with broccoli is kind of a quick dinner but still on a fancy side for me. If you know what I mean?! It is pretty clean but I wouldn’t eat it every night because it has honey. Although, it ends up being only 1.5 tsp of it per serving but sugar is sugar.

Even fruits are sugar. Good for you sugar with nutrients and vitamins but I have learnt if I want to lean out, I have to cut down on sugar. I limit my daily fruit intake to an apple or a cup of berries, plus a bit of sugar here and there, like in this dish, for example. I would eat it for dinner but not twice a day. I hope this was a helpful insight and not too confusing.

Ingredients needed for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa with Broccoli

This chicken skillet needs only 5 ingredients that more likely you have on hand right now and 20 minutes.

Perfect easy weeknight dinner with leftovers for lunch or to freeze. It is a great meal prep recipe as well.

Adding chicken to Buffalo sauce in bowl and mixing

There is a lot of sauce that consists mainly of tomato paste, honey, red hot sauce and meat juice that is released during the cooking process.

Then I added a lot of broccoliI to compensate for honey, kidding but not, and topped with scallions. It was to die for! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Adding broccoli to Buffalo Chicken Quinoa


Buffalo Chicken Quinoa with Broccoli

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Recipe made in one pot with broccoli for easy 20 minute healthy dinner recipe.

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  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into 1” pieces
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup green onion, chopped
  • 34 cups broccoli florets (raw, frozen or cooked)


  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk tomato paste, honey or maple syrup, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat large deep skillet on medium high heat, add chicken and sauce, and stir. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare quinoa as per package instructions.
  4. Remove lid, add broccoli and stir. Cover and cook for 3 – 4 minutes (raw broccoli), 2 – 3 minutes (frozen broccoli) or 1 minute (cooked broccoli). I like broccoli cooked but still crunchy. For well done vegetables increase cooking time by a few minutes. Serve hot over a bed of quinoa, garnished with green onions. Adjust hot sauce to taste. This recipe is mild.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. How would you suggest freezing this? I am making ahead some dinners for when I have a newborn at home in a few weeks.

    1. Unfortunately not. Frank’s is a much more flavorful sauce, which is why it’s the traditional ingredient in buffalo wings. Tabasco carries almost no flavor (other than vinegar) with its heat, making it superior in cases where you want to add heat but not new flavors.

  2. This recipe for the Buffalo Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa was delicious! I would definitely make it again. Love how easy is was to make too!

  3. I am trying to go Vegan so I will use tofu instead of chicken. I got kind of excited because I love Frank’s hot sauce…….I have never tried tofu with the sauce. Going to the store in the morning…lol

    1. Tofu is perfect for any sauce because it’s pretty tasteless on its own. I add tofu to many recipes instead of meat to keep meals vegan. Buy a few packages at a time to have on hand. I think I go to the store every day.:)

  4. Would using honey over maple syrup make the sauce thicker? I tried this recipe tonight using honey and my sauce was very thick, and I wished it was a thinner consistency. Is there anything else that could be added to thin the sauce?

  5. I’m in love with your simple skillet recipes, and would like to see more protein and vegetables dinner ideas in the future. Will use the maple syrup, instead of honey, since it has less calories.

  6. I just laughed out loud when I saw this recipe because I just know my husband going to go weak in the knees for it. He’s a Frank’s Hot Sauce addict. There is no dish he won’t pour in it so when you say 1/4 cup of Frank’s or to taste, well, it’ll be the whole bottle. And I though only Buffalo people knew about Frank’s hot sauce!! What next, will people find out about Bison dip and sponge candy???!

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