This chicken and quinoa salad recipe is courtesy of Zoe Bingley-Pullin on behalf of My Food Bag.


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • QUINOA SALAD
  • 1 cup tri-colour quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 175g green beans
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1/2 red capsicum
  • ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 orange, Zest and juice
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • CHICKEN
  • 1 x 3 pack chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Bring a full kettle to the boil. Combine quinoa, water and salt in a small pot. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam, still covered, for a further 5 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vinaigrette. Combine parsley, orange zest and juice, honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Mix well, season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and slice into steaks. To do this, place your hand flat on top of the chicken breast and use a knife to slice through the middle horizontally to make 2 thin steaks. Heat oil in a large fry-pan on medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and fry in batches until cooked through, 2-3 minutes each side. Set aside to rest for a few minutes, then slice.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the remaining salad ingredients. Trim green beans and halve lengthways; trim asparagus ends and cut into 4cm pieces; cut capsicum into thin strips. Set capsicum aside. Place beans and asparagus into a small bowl, cover with boiling water, leave for 1-2 minutes, drain and refresh in cold water.
  5. Toss all quinoa salad ingredients with chicken and vinaigrette in a large bowl. TO SERVE, divide salad between plates

  • A bit too fancy for me but looks lovely.

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  • I absolutely .ove quinoa but can’t pronounce it properly! Chicken and Quinoa is a favourite in this house

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  • mmm, yumm, yumm. I LOVE quinoa

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  • Quinoa is my favourite super food!!

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  • Looks nutritious, tasty and colourful, cheers.

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  • Looks fantastic and just can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • This looks restaurant quality. can’t wait to try it

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  • Unfortunately I can’t eat anything with any citrus in it. Looks tasty though

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  • I love quinoa, but we’re not into vinaigrette or dressings. And as a vegetarian no chicken for me.

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  • Have saved this recipe. I just LOVE quinoa ever since I tried it the first time since being diagnosed with a true wheat allergy.

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  • Whilst I like the sound of this recipe, I’ve not tried quinoa before. I think I’d prefer to try someone else’s version before I invest in it.

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  • Love an orange vinegarette!!

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  • Such a pretty dish

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  • This sounds great. I try to use Quinoa as much as possible.

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  • looks like a great lunchbox meal for adults!

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