Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chicken Fried Quinoa

Quinoa has been become our newest must have of the summer... Andrew loves to eat it for breakfast, and we've had it cooked several different ways. The cool thing about quinoa is, although it is a grain, it is the only grain that is a complete protein! And if you know my husband {or have just looked at him, for that matter} you know that he likes to get as much protein as he can possibly out of a meal. So, I started searching Pinterest for some recipes that used quinoa. I found this one and instantly wanted to try it, because we both are big fans of fried rice. Weeellll I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I am really bad about that, but i did use it as a great base! For the original recipe {which I am sure is to die for} click the link above ^^ or ...just click this one. >>> Original Recipe

Here's what I did. Take my measurements with a grain of salt... I didn't measure anything, so I'm just estimating the amount that I used. If you feel it needs more, add more, if you feel like it's too much, put less! :)

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups Chicken broth (I used low sodium)
1/2 package of frozen peas and carrots
1/2 a medium size onion, chopped
2 eggs, fried with popped yoke, and chopped
Coconut Oil
2 cups cooked chicken breast
1 cup low sodium Teriyaki sauce, divided
2 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon ginger

Directions:

-Start by chopping up your chicken breast into bite size pieces. Add chicken, 1/4 cup your teriyaki sauce and ginger to a bowl and set aside to marinade. {you can skip the marinading and just put all of that in a pan to cook if time is limited}
-Add quinoa and chicken broth to a pan, cook as package directs.
-If you haven't started cooking your chicken yet, now would be a good time to start it.
-Chop onion and add to a non-stick pan or wok with 2 or so teaspoons of coconut oil. Add the frozen veggies. Cook until thawed and warmed through
-Add cooked quinoa, fried eggs, remaining teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce. {feel free to add more sauce if you think it needs more... remember I didn't actually measure it. ;)}
-At this point I usually create a little whole in the middle of all the quinoa so I can see the bottom of the pan, and I add more coconut oil... it is called *fried* rice, you know. There's probably an easier way of doing this, but I don't feel like dirtying another pan, or taking all the stuff out! :)
-Mix it all together, then add the cooked chicken.
-Let it cook/fry for 5-7 minutes or until you feel like it's done. 
-Plate it and serve. Eat with chop sticks or, if you're a wimp, a fork. 

Mmmm-mmm! 

This has become one of our favorite meals. Andrew loves it.. and it is super easy. I just love making it! It does make a lot though, so make sure you are using a big enough pan or you're going to make a big mess! :)

4 comments:

Godly-young-widow said...

Thank you for the new idea! Quinoa is something I'm making good use of too. It's a protein, which works GREAT for my vegetarian friends(and it makes the vegetarian lifestyle so great because it's cheaper than meat!) and my gluten-free friends and relatives. Always looking for good recipes, and this is one. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Sounds really yummy! I discovered quinoa kast year, and it's become a favorite grain for me too! I like experimenting with recipes, using quinoa, instead of rice, etc.

Anonymous said...

We love Quinoa too! It is not a grain, but it is a seed. And the perfect protein. This looks delicious!

Sarah said...

What a good substitute for rice!

That's funny about the chopsticks part...we're asians, (under a lot of western influence though :D) and we never eat fried rice with chopsticks or a fork -- we eat with a spoon. :D