Sweet & Savory Chicken Quinoa

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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

How to Make Sweet & Savory Chicken Quinoa

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.

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About Sweet & Savory Chicken Quinoa

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



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