Sweet & Savory Chicken Quinoa

RC :)

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@rcrc

Recipe and picture appeared in last Sunday's weekly flyer for Giant Food Stores. I made a few substitutions, additions and omissions and have noted my changes in the directions.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1
orange (for juice and zest)
1 c
quinoa
2 1/4 c
water (divided)
1/2 tsp
ground ginger
1/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
ground coriander
1/2 c
golden raisins
1/3 c
dried cherries
2 c
grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
3 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1 Tbsp
rice vinegar
** see note below for modifications

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Using a vegetable peeler, remove a 3-inch strip of peel from the orange. Place peel and 1 1/4 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Stir in quinoa, ginger, cinnamon and coriander; reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, 15 to 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Remove from heat; discard orange peel.
2
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine raisins, cherries and 1 cup hot water; stir. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain; set aside.
3
In a large bowl combine quinoa, raisins, cherries and chicken. Finely grate remaining orange peel to measure 1/2 teaspoon zest; add to bowl.
4
Cut orange in half; squeeze 1/2 cup juice. In a small bowl whisk together orange juice, zest, oil and vinegar. Drizzle over cooked quinoa; toss to coat and serve.
5
** NOTE - My modifications - Used regular raisins and cranberries in place of golden raisins and cherries (because I had them). Cut 2 raw chicken breasts into strips and seasoned with garlic powder and pepper. Browned those in 1 tbls. olive oil. Browned 1/4 c. chopped onion and 1 clove of garlic in same pan when chicken was cooked. Added all of that at the point where you add the chicken. Added 1 extra teaspoon of olive oil to the dressing - DID NOT use 3 tbls. of oil. Seasoned with some additional black pepper.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Fish
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American