Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Toasted Quinoa with Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ready for a protein-filled dinner? Being a huge fan of quinoa, I’ve been trying to find all different recipes. I was so excited when my close friend Erica told me to “toast” the quinoa before cooking it. And wow, it made a huge difference!
-1 cup of quinoa
-2 cups of vegetable broth
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 chicken breast
-1/4 cup of lemon pepper marinade
-1 tbsp red pepper flakes
-LOTS of pepper

So here is the recipe:

Put oven on medium setting. First, start by putting dry quinoa in a large skillet. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil and stir.

Let quinoa toast in pan until you see it start to change color from tan to brown.

If skillet is large enough, stir in 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.

Once quinoa and broth has reached a boil, turn to low, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

While quinoa is cooking start cutting chicken breast into small squares.

Put in separate pan and put last tbsp of olive oil in with the chicken. Stir in a ¼ cup of lemon pepper marinade.

Sprinkle pepper and red pepper flakes on chicken and let it cook.

Once chicken and quinoa have cooked thoroughly combine chicken and quinoa together and stir. Great with hot sauce or avocado!

And serve!

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