You guys. Has this not been the longest week ever?

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa I

Is it because of the polar vortex thing which I keep calling the polar bear vortex since I can’t remember the name? Is it because the holidays are over and it’s the first full week back to real life and it’s just… so meh? Is it because the universe is testing my positivity plans? Is it because we’re staying up ‘til the wee hours of the morning just to watch sons of anarchy and I’m living on like four hours of sleep, which really WOULD make this the longest week ever?

I dunno I dunno.

Life fears set in this week. I have decided that I’m getting super old and falling apart at the seams. Do you know what I’ve started doing? Ugh. I can’t even tell you. You know when you see someone go to read small print and they look, but then have to hold it back a bit to actually SEE it and read it?

Yeah. That happened to me this week. It might have been worse than turning thirty or maybe finding a gray hair (which I still don’t even think was real and was an old leftover highlight YEAH RIGHT) and what really makes it depressing, is that for the last few weeks I thought it was my contacts.

I even wrote about it in my beauty faves.

Well. It’s not my contacts.

I think it’s just LIFE.

I need to think of something positive to associate this with so I can keep on keeping on with my goals.

Maybe I’m gaining wisdom? Seeing less, but gaining smarts. Uh huh.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa I

Oh. Guess what else? I wanted to share a dessert with you today but after oven apocalypse 2013 and a whole host of electric issues in our house, not only am I sharing another spicy honey recipe with my invisible internet friends but my feet are frozen off because I didn’t have heat in the last two days of the polar bear vortex.

The good news is that I bought some black uggs over the weekend and have lived in them ever since.

The bad news is that I bought some black uggs over the weekend have lived in them ever since.

I didn’t ever think I’d buy a pair of uggs again (super short legs does not a good ugg wearer make) but boy am I happy that I did. Even if I refuse to wear them out of the house. They are my house slippers!

Now I’m really old. Next I’ll be wearing a housecoat. Pink foam rollers in my hair. Washing it out in the kitchen sink. Like the elderly golden girl that I am. Hearing the tick tock tick tock of 60 minutes on Sunday night.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa I

To keep warm earlier this week, I made some honey chipotle chicken. Sweet and spicy, piled high in a bowl with other… stuff. Green stuff, colorful stuff, healthy stuff, salted avocado. It’s not my kind of Friday recipe but it’s a pretty fantastic one nonetheless. It’s light and refreshing and on top of that – super filling.

If you’re a freak like me, you might have 35 different kinds of mustard in your fridge. Ummmm. Talk about weird obsessions. Mustard would be mine, along with anything else briney and tart like pickles and olives and vinegar. So I used a bunch of mustards in this marinade recipe, but feel free to use one or two or whatever you have on hand. I totally adore the flavor and may try it on some fish this weekend. Or some other weird things. EDIBLE things though. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa I


Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa.

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 2+ hours to marinate, 30 minutes to make


honey chipotle chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups spring greens
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

lime quinoa
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.

When you're ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side.

To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve!

lime quinoa
Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa I

(you should probably add some tortilla chips on top. i set a good example.)

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205 Responses to “Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls.”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — January 10, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    Mmm this looks SO good. I love anything in bowls that you can just mix all together to let all of the flavorful goodness just meld all together. And honey and chipotle and chicken just go together so wonderfully…match made in chicken heaven. And YES, uggs are the most comfortable things ever, and make my feet oh so happy. Pinning this!


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 10, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    Yes this week has seemed eternal. Monday seems so long ago I don’t even remember it. LOL This salad is gorgeous and I don’t even eat chicken :) I love chipotle seasoning and love the lime quinoa. And that pretty avocado! Such pretty colors and the pics just pop!


  3. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 10, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    You are right about this week! However, I think these bowls are going to make up for that. You say honey and chipotle and I am SO all over it. I love bowl meals because they are 1.easy. 2. delish 3. easy.
    these are perfect…pinning!


  4. #
    Sophie — January 10, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    I loved this post! You had me laughing, and the recipe looks oh so yummy!



  5. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 10, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    You are to funny! Love the salad! Nothing like chipotle and honey, oh drools!!! have a wonderful weekend!


  6. #
    Amanda — January 10, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    Longest week EEEVVVVEEERRRRR.


  7. #
    Kim in MD — January 10, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    OMG- you crack me up, Jessica! Seriously…I laughed out loud when I read this post! This recipe looks amazing. That last photo clinched the deal for me- I am so making this!


  8. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 10, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    Ooh you have my heart with this one! And although I do not like mustard, I do love my black Uggs. They’re actually not really Uggs – they’re a knock-off brand, but I like to pretend. And on the polar bear vortex thing, you’re not alone. I’ve caught myself calling it that too, but it doesn’t help that I keep seeing memes posted on Facebook by people trying to cutesy up the cold with polar bears. Polar bears are cute, but there is nothing cute about the cold!


  9. #
    Madison — January 10, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Amazing job on this recipe! I cannot wait to try it out and eat lots and lots of bowls. :)


  10. #
    Jen@topateplate — January 10, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get enough cilantro. I know most people end up throwing it out because it goes bad before they can use it all. I never have that problem. Especially when avocado is involved.


  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 10, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Hahaha, have you seen the #polarvortexpickuplines hashtag thread on twitter? some are pretty hilarious. but yes, this week completely dragged! these bowls make me want to faceplant into them. so bad.


  12. #
    lindsay — January 10, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    This looks SO good. I can’t wait to add this to my lunch rotation. Also, please be grateful! I am 25 and have probably pulled out at least 30 grey hairs. Womp!


  13. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 10, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    I wonder if this would convert to a soup? I’m just so chilly and need heat for my core.

    “Pardon me do you have any Grey Poupon?” Or as my spell check says Grey Coupon!Ha,ha,ha!


  14. #
    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — January 10, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    OK this looks delicious and its only 8:37am here and I could eat a giant bowl of this. that chicken looks delicious I love chipotle seasonings and anything with honey added to it!


  15. #
    Jana H. — January 10, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Man, I wish I could have this for BREAKFAST. :-D Looks so entirely delicious.


  16. #
    Tieghan — January 10, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    My oven broke yesterday. Ugh. It was terrible and it will not be getting fixed till later next week. Yikes!

    But hey, this is a do friday dinner and it looks awesome. That sauce sounds incredible!


  17. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — January 10, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    urgh I feel you. I might be in Australia but even the days have been too long for my liking. However I fully support the mustard fetish; I am a fellow mustard lover. Not only mustard but chilli; sauces, chilli jam, chutney and dried.
    You can see why I am loving this chicken bowl, I think I need to up the chili factor here but besides that Perfect!


  18. #
    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen — January 10, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    This salad looks PHENOMENAL!


  19. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 10, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    OH MY GOD you’re watching Son’s?! girrrrrl we need to TALK. Almost at the end of S1 (courtesy of Netflix) and I am totally obsesssssed!! Do you love Jax so much you kinda wish your husband was just a bit edgier? Are you totally creeped by Clay? Is Peggy Bundy totally nutso yet fabulous? Speak to meee….

    oh, and nice recipe ;)


    • Jessica — January 10th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      oh my gosh. you literally took the words out of my mouth when i was watching the first season. i’m pretty sure my husband wanted to kill me.

      then he told me about how ron perlman (clay) was the beast in beauty and the beast in the 80s and that he does a lot of good work with kids. that lessened the creep factor. also, how the hell was katey sagel (gemma) only in her 20s when she played peg bundy?! that’s nuts.


      • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 10th, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

        lol I love it!! yes I too read he was the beast, but I’m still not swayed. my fiance is totally over me wanting him to be biker, he eye rolls me haaaard for being upset he’s not a criminal. and I cannot get over that katy segal was in her 20s back then!!! totally didn’t think of that but now that you point it out, that’s kinda scary!

  20. #
    Alyssa — January 10, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    We’re letting our mustard freak flag fly over here, too. Horseradish, honey, grainy, chipotle, dijon… When my parents moved from the East Coast to California, I distinctly remember my mom calling me to lament about how she couldn’t find her favorite brand. Naturally, I cleaned out the supermarket shelves and mailed her a big box of it. it might be genetic.

    This recipe has SO many of my favorite flavors in it, and nearly all of the ingredients I already have on hand. LOVE that!


  21. #
    Kim — January 10, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    This may sound really weird and may be just a little off topic, but I notice that sometimes I have trouble focusing if I’ve had some (usually too much) processed food or too much fat. I’m making an effort to eat clean and notice differences in my body when I slip and eat some garbage food.


  22. #
    Sara — January 10, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    Oh man!! I am totally making this next week AND enough to have leftovers at work for lunch. I have a bag of Trader Joe’s quinoa I have been trying to decide what to do with…perfect!


  23. #
    Rosie — January 10, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    What a truly scrumptious and January worthy recipe for a salad – definitely going to try this out. Yum, and thank you!


  24. #
    Allison @ Foodie Heart — January 10, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    This is totally getting made in my house this weekend. I love that it’s healthy but obviously chocked full of flavor and it’s bright and beautiful…YUM. And don’t worry about the Uggs. We all have them, and live in them in our houses, even if we don’t declare it. ;)


  25. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 10, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    I’ve been a huge you-know-what-on-wheels this week. Glad I have the polar bear vortex to blame it on – yeah, that bear made it all the way up to Boston, too!!

    PS – I’m only 5’2″ – my inseam is 28″ – so I feel your short legged pain. I’ve been putting off buying a pair of uggs because I thought they were supposed to fade away after my freshman year of college, but that was like, ten years ago. Thinking I should bite the bullet.


  26. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 10, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    Your posts always make me laugh, but this one was absolutely hilarious!!!


  27. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — January 10, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    Yummy. This salad would definitely help get me out of the doldrums…bad weather, back to school and work. I’ll blame on the polar vortex too!


  28. #
    Paula — January 10, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    YES, this HAS been the longest week ever. And I’m so thankful that you ended it with two days of awesome-looking recipes. I think I even have a can of chipotles in adobo sauce in the fridge. Side note: how long do chipotle chilis in adobo sauce keep in the refrigerator? Er…maybe I should just add some to the grocery list.


  29. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — January 10, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

    I agree — LONGEST WEEK EVER. So happy that it’s Friday!

    Have a great weekend!


  30. #
    Larry — January 10, 2014 @ 2:44 pm



  31. #
    Laurie E. — January 10, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    These pictures…… It’s like your some divine-celestial-image-Goddess. ♥

    Ahem, but I still don’t like mustard. I will have to find some alternative “goo” to substitute.


  32. #
    Liz — January 10, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    Haha. This blog made me laugh – a lot. I can relate to this oddly “off” first week back after the holiday glut and the unseemly relationship between short legs and uggs. And that salad is right up my alley btw. making it!


  33. #
    Katherine — January 10, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Honey and chipotle together! Sold! Chipotle is one of my favorite flavors though I have a weakness for horseradish too. The chicken with the lime quinoa look like a perfect meal to brighten these cold grey days!


  34. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — January 10, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

    I’m picking up what you’re putting down about feeling like your falling apart at the seams, I get that way too.

    But back to the bowls, they look delicious! Love anything with bowl in the title!


  35. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 10, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

    Ohhhh my god. This week felt ridiculously long. And I’m so sleep deprived too!


  36. #
    Brittany R. — January 10, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    Just made this for dinner (I don’t waste time), and holy heck. Delicious.


  37. #
    Pretend Chef — January 10, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

    This looks so delicious. Oh my! First full week of work in FOR.EVER! made it tough to get through. Thank goodness it’s the weekend and time to get caught up on rest.


  38. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 10, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    Its really more like tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick really quickly. Ugh, 60 minutes, so OLD. I’m feelin it too girl. And I swore I’d only wear the uggs in the house…until I wore them OUT with…SWEATPANTS. No joke. What am I? A college student? An old lazy person? Gah.
    And I have a hundred vinegars. And a ton of mustards…and still plan on MAKING mustard. So basically, this recipe looks like heaven to me.


  39. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — January 11, 2014 @ 1:41 am

    And yet another recipe has been added to my grocery list! This one I think I can make vegan by subbing the chicken for tempeh or pressed tofu…even if I have to slather the rest of the ingredients in the bowl with that sauce I will, it looks too good to pass up!


  40. #
    Gina — January 11, 2014 @ 3:32 am

    I will be using salmon with this recipe tomorrow! Thanks for rescuing me again.


  41. #
    jann jones — January 11, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    You mean its only been a week?!?!? NNNOOOOOO!!!! swear its been two!!! At least!! The bowl.. No avocado, thx, but the rest, yummy factor 15/10.. As for your having to hold things farther away, rest your eyes, look away from Ron Perlman more often, focus a on a wall further away during shows periodically, your eyes are becoming overworked. Bifocals are usually around 40, but i fought till almost 50-stubborn, lol..58 now, i can deal.. I AM olllllldddddd…


  42. #
    Mimi — January 11, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    These are the BEST years of your life! Trust me! I’d love to be 40 again! Beautiful chicken bowl – my kind of meal!


  43. #
    Kristy Hill — January 11, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    That looks amazing!


  44. #
    Colleen — January 11, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    I love every part of this recipe! Have you tried Sprecher Root Beer Mustard yet? It’s so great, and very unique.


  45. #
    Cindy — January 11, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    This looks so delicious! I will definitely try this one!


  46. #
    heather — January 11, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    some mustards, if you haven’t already tried: vivi’s carnival mustards.


  47. #
    ATasteOfMadness — January 11, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    This is looking so good to me right now! I just finished eating a whole bunch of chocolate, and I need something that is not sweet to balance it out ;)


  48. #
    Kathy Barth — January 11, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

    I made this tonight – excellent!! Beautiful presentation – on square glass dishes. The Quinoa was the best. Great by itself!! Rave reviews from husband and brother!!


  49. #
    Elaine @JoinMeForDinner — January 11, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

    Finally! I just spent a boring Saturday night (yes, after the longest week ever) browsing through food blogs looking for something, anthing! to inspire me to cook. This is it! Thank you–it looks so fresh and limey and spicey–just what we need to beat the January blahs.


  50. #
    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 11, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

    Oh this post made me laugh. Your honey chipotle chicken bowl sounds truly delicious!


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