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Rating: 4.14 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

I wanted to make a quick and light recipe using quinoa, and I had some asparagus and red peppers in the fridge -- who knew that the combination could taste so good!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • Stir quinoa and chicken broth together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed the chicken broth, about 15 minutes.

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  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook and stir the chicken breast pieces in the hot oil until no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes. Stir asparagus and red bell pepper into the skillet and cook and stir until barely tender, about 3 more minutes.

  • Lightly mix cooked quinoa into the chicken and vegetables until thoroughly combined, heat for 1 to 2 minutes, and serve.

Cook's Note:

Oddly enough, you can substitute two 10 3/4-ounce. cans of chicken noodle soup for the chicken broth. Just remove the noodles (and use for another purpose) and use the soup as you would the chicken broth to cook the quinoa. This is even more flavorful than using just chicken broth.

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; protein 23.6g; carbohydrates 28.9g; fat 7.7g; cholesterol 45.6mg; sodium 47.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2012
Husband and I both really enjoyed this. I modified recipe for 2 servings used an 8-ounce b/s chicken breast the same amount of asparagus and substituted jarred roasted red pepper for the bell pepper. Fast super-easy and perfect for my Weight Watchers plan...only 9 points! And anytime husband says 'I like it ' it's a keeper! Thanks Kris! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2012
Im only giving it 3 stars because it was bland for my taste but has lots of potential. The second time I made it I changed a few things. I sauteed a small chopped onion dash of red pepper flakes and 2 minced garlic cloves until translucent. Then added the chicken salt pepper a dash or two of dried oregano and basil. This really upped the flavor without adding a ton of calories and turned it into a 5 star dish. Yum yum. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2012
Husband and I both really enjoyed this. I modified recipe for 2 servings used an 8-ounce b/s chicken breast the same amount of asparagus and substituted jarred roasted red pepper for the bell pepper. Fast super-easy and perfect for my Weight Watchers plan...only 9 points! And anytime husband says 'I like it ' it's a keeper! Thanks Kris! Read More
(53)
Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2012
Im only giving it 3 stars because it was bland for my taste but has lots of potential. The second time I made it I changed a few things. I sauteed a small chopped onion dash of red pepper flakes and 2 minced garlic cloves until translucent. Then added the chicken salt pepper a dash or two of dried oregano and basil. This really upped the flavor without adding a ton of calories and turned it into a 5 star dish. Yum yum. Thanks for sharing. Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2012
This was surprisigly good. Even my husband enjoyed it and he hates asparagus!! Only thing I did differently was used a cooked chicken from store. Great easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2012
This was really good with a few add-ins suggested by other reviewers. I added sauteed onion garlic basil and oregano. I also coooked the quinoa in chicken broth. I'll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2012
Been trying to cook more with quinoa since it's really quite an incredible grain. Aside from simply substituting it for rice I am always on the prowl for easy dinners that use it. This recipe looked like just the ticket for a quick mid-week dinner, except it did look a little bland, and my husband is not keen on asparagus. I had a bag of frozen spring vegetables with a cracked peppercorn seasoning (PictSweet Steamables) so I substituted that for the asparagus, there was red pepper in it, as well as a small amount of asparagus and some zucchini and green beans. So it seemed on par. Looking at other reviews, I also added some minced garlic, chopped onion and some Penzey's Tuscan Sunset spice blend (it's an Italian Style seasoning.) My husband walked in the door as I was cooking and exclaimed that the house smelled FANTASTIC. Another reviewer had mentioned that the meal was only 9 Weight Watcher points. He's on WW so when I told him that he was even happier. This easy to prepare meal, with ingredients I usually have on hand, will definitely be in the regular rotation! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2014
This was simply and quick. Like others I added basil and oregano. I used asparagus zucchini celery and tomato. That's what I had and you can really throw anything into this. I also added 2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp sesame oil and 1 Tbsp rice vinegar because I like a "sauce". It was very good this way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2012
Pretty good. I liked the flavors but it was missing something for me maybe some seasonings or a light sauce to enhance the texture and tie the flavors together. Good and healthy as written though and very quick and easy! Thanks for the recipe.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2012
Awesome! Let me begin by saying that my husband and I are not vegetarian vegan or even all that healthy of eaters (though I'm working to change that). I have never used quinoa before. As an experiment I bought some red quinoa and tried this recipe. I used coconut oil (no flavor) cut up chicken thighs and per some suggestions some garlic green onion pepper basil oregano and a pinch of sea salt. HOLY COW! It was so good I was amazed and the nutty flavor of quinoa reminded me a bit of Chinese flavoring (think Cashew Chicken). I am now a quinoa convert as is my husband AND my 3 year old! Thanks Kris!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2013
I was looking for a recipe containing these ingredients and found a winner!! I read all the reviews to see the tweaks and changes. I combined most of them-sautéed onion garlic added a little basil and salt; used the leftover chicken broth to poach my chicken breasts and cooked the quinoa in that. Finally I sprinkled some feta cheese on top and it was so yummy!! Definitely will make this again and share the recipe with friends and family that want to eat healthy! Read More
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