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Copycat Qdoba Chicken – Restaurant Style

Copycat Qdoba Chicken – This copycat qdoba chicken bowl is the best restaurant style Mexican dish loaded with perfectly seasoned and smoky chicken served over rice and veggies.

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Copycat Qdoba Chicken – Tips and Tricks

Spice it up – Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce for an extra kick.

Smoky temptation – If you love smoky flavors, use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.

Chicken swap – Don’t have chicken on hand? No worries! This recipe works great with shrimp, tofu, or even ground turkey.

Marinade magic – Don’t skip the marinating step! It infuses the chicken with all that incredible flavor.

Leftovers – This chicken reheats beautifully, so make a big batch and enjoy it all week long.

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Copycat Qdoba Chicken – Variations

Honey chipotle – Add a drizzle of honey to the marinade for a touch of sweetness.

Cilantro lime – Stir in some chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for a zesty twist.

BBQ bliss – Add a teaspoon of your favorite BBQ sauce to the marinade for a smoky, sweet, and tangy flavor explosion.

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How to Serve this easy copycat qdoba chicken bowl?

Qdoba-style bowl – Serve your cooked chicken on a bed of brown rice or quinoa, top with your favorite toppings like black beans, corn, pico de gallo, salsa, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream.

Taco fiesta – Fill warmed tortillas with chicken, your favorite toppings, and a squeeze of lime for a handheld fiesta.

Salad – Top a bed of greens with chopped chicken, avocado, grilled corn, black beans, and a cilantro lime dressing for a healthy and satisfying meal.

Sandwich – Add chicken, cheese, avocado, and your favorite veggies on toasted bread for a delicious and filling lunch.

Qdoba Copycat Chicken
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Copycat Qdoba Chicken

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This copycat qdoba chicken bowl is the best restaurant style Mexican dish loaded with perfectly seasoned and smoky chicken served over rice and veggies.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 lbs chicken tenderloins, boneless skinless
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, add chicken, seasoning, olive oil, garlic and adobo sauce. Mix well and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat, add oil, once hot, add the chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes per side, turning occasionally or until the internal temperature reads 165°F from a meat thermometer.
  3. Once cooked, remove from the pan and slice into pieces as per your liking.
  4. Serve with tortillas or a quick qdoba style bowl.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 129mgSodium 489mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 47g

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Qdoba Copycat Chicken – FAQs

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenders or boneless, skinless thighs work great too.

What if I don’t have adobo sauce?

No worries! You can substitute with canned chipotle peppers and a little tomato paste.

How can I make this recipe spicier?

Add some chili flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the marinade.

Can I make this recipe in the oven?

Sure! Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.

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