First Watch Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl Recipe


The First Watch Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the flavors of tender chicken, fresh pesto, and hearty quinoa. This bowl is packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making it a perfect choice for a healthy and satisfying meal. With a prep time of 15 minutes and a cook time of 25 minutes, this recipe is quick and easy to make.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. In the meantime, rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.
  4. In a saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
  5. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the pesto. In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, slice it into thin strips.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, and pesto. Toss until well coated.
  8. Divide the quinoa mixture into serving bowls and top with the