Make a simple pilaf a quick meal by adding shredded chicken.

Advertisement

Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion, celery, and carrots in the hot oil until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the quinoa, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and sage. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the chicken meat; season with salt and pepper.

    Advertisement

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; 12.4 g total fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 64 mg sodium. 34.3 g carbohydrates; 16.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (59)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
Yum! Make sure you rinse the quinoa before you cook it. I sauteed the veggies for 3 1/2 minutes instead of 7. I didn't want them too over cooked. I didn't use sage and I'm glad I didn't. Use some chicken thighs with this it really makes a tastier dish. I cooked the chicken in veggie stock saved the remaining liquid after they were done and drizzled it into the pilaf with the chicken for the last step. It helped incorporate the chicken flavor through out instead of just pilaf with some chicken stirred in. I did reduce it to 2 carrots instead of 3 and didn't notice a carrot shortage at all. I find that an initial rinse of quinoa in a pour spout measuring cup then pouring it into a cheese cloth making like a tennis ball shape with it works fantasticly. Then I can strain it and squeeze it right under the water it's very quick and effective. (I don't have a mesh screen) Just add a little more quinoa to make up for what gets stuck in the cloth. Next time I'm going to add some curry or maybe some coconut milk. Read More
(53)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/09/2009
The flavors just weren't right for me. Sorry. The coconut oil is an odd addition and I didn't care for it in this. Read More
(9)
76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
Yum! Make sure you rinse the quinoa before you cook it. I sauteed the veggies for 3 1/2 minutes instead of 7. I didn't want them too over cooked. I didn't use sage and I'm glad I didn't. Use some chicken thighs with this it really makes a tastier dish. I cooked the chicken in veggie stock saved the remaining liquid after they were done and drizzled it into the pilaf with the chicken for the last step. It helped incorporate the chicken flavor through out instead of just pilaf with some chicken stirred in. I did reduce it to 2 carrots instead of 3 and didn't notice a carrot shortage at all. I find that an initial rinse of quinoa in a pour spout measuring cup then pouring it into a cheese cloth making like a tennis ball shape with it works fantasticly. Then I can strain it and squeeze it right under the water it's very quick and effective. (I don't have a mesh screen) Just add a little more quinoa to make up for what gets stuck in the cloth. Next time I'm going to add some curry or maybe some coconut milk. Read More
(53)
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
Yum! Make sure you rinse the quinoa before you cook it. I sauteed the veggies for 3 1/2 minutes instead of 7. I didn't want them too over cooked. I didn't use sage and I'm glad I didn't. Use some chicken thighs with this it really makes a tastier dish. I cooked the chicken in veggie stock saved the remaining liquid after they were done and drizzled it into the pilaf with the chicken for the last step. It helped incorporate the chicken flavor through out instead of just pilaf with some chicken stirred in. I did reduce it to 2 carrots instead of 3 and didn't notice a carrot shortage at all. I find that an initial rinse of quinoa in a pour spout measuring cup then pouring it into a cheese cloth making like a tennis ball shape with it works fantasticly. Then I can strain it and squeeze it right under the water it's very quick and effective. (I don't have a mesh screen) Just add a little more quinoa to make up for what gets stuck in the cloth. Next time I'm going to add some curry or maybe some coconut milk. Read More
(53)
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2010
Yum! This recipe was a real winner! I made it with olive oil instead of coconut added sliced garlic had only two carrots and omitted the chicken. It was hearty and flavourful. Next time I will try it with chicken. Read More
(40)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2009
Exceptional for Quinoa! I'm not a huge fan of quinoa but I like making it because it's extremely healthy for you. But this is very tasty and my kids liked it too. I didn't use it as my main dish and I had to make a few changes. I didn't have any fresh celery so I used celery flakes. And I didn't have any Italian seasoning so I used Poultry seasoning. It was very good. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2011
I used light coconut milk and water instead of chicken broth. Added about 1 tsp of curry powder and a glove of garlic. Fantastic! Next time will add some coriander and/or cumin. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
This was so good! Like another reviewer I'm a vegetarian and my husband loves chicken. I made the recipe as listed except that I didn't have celery so I subbed a little celery salt and I used mixed French herbs instead of Italian seasoning. At the end I put in cooked finely chopped chicken breast for hubby and the kids and chick peas for myself. It was so good everyone ate it all up and I have a very fussy family. As a side note coconut oil does not provide much flavor I use it as a healthier alternative to vegetable oil when I don't want that bitterness that olive oil can add. Read More
(12)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2010
I don't have coconut oil so I just used canola oil. I also did not add the celery but did throw in some diced zucchini when I added the chicken. This recipe was great tasting and healthy. You could really add a variety of veggies to your own preference. Will definitely make again - it makes a great weeknight dinner. Read More
(11)
Rating: 2 stars
09/09/2009
The flavors just weren't right for me. Sorry. The coconut oil is an odd addition and I didn't care for it in this. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2010
Thank you! I am a vegetarian and my husband does not believe a meal is complete without meat. This was a great recipe for us. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Then when the recipe called for meat I split the dish in two - adding turkey to his portion and edamame to mine. Everyone was satisfied. Even my son who is just starting with table food liked this.: ) One other note - I did not have coconut oil so I used a citrus flavored olive oil - still great. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2011
I've had some success but more failures cooking with quinoa. This was the BEST quinoa recipe I've tried so far! I replaced the coconut oil with olive oil the onion with red onion the celery with asparagus and the fresh sage with dried sage. This was really tasty and the picky men in my family actually liked it!!! This recipe could be easily used for a couple made up of a vegitarian and a carnivore as the chicken could be thrown in at the last minute for the carnivore! Read More
(7)