If chicken soup and pilaf had a kid, I think it would be chicken quinoa. Quinoa is a very healthy ancient grain from South America; it's very filling! I think it's delicious. I used leftover roasted chicken to make this come together faster, but any kind of lean cooked meat can be used in this recipe. To make a vegetarian version, omit the meat and use vegetable stock instead of chicken.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil until vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Stir chicken and parsley into the vegetable mixture; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add quinoa to the chicken mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook and stir until quinoa is toasted, about 2 minutes.

  • Pour chicken broth over the quinoa mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Place a cover on the saucepan and cook mixture at a simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Turn heat completely off and allow mixture to sit covered another 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Fluff with a fork to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

377 calories; 14.9 g total fat; 55 mg cholesterol; 553 mg sodium. 33.3 g carbohydrates; 26.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2013
I found this recipe because 1) I had all the ingredients on hand; and 2) it appeared to be pretty healthy and 3) quick and easy to make and 4) it was a one dish meal. So this recipe has a lot going for it. It tasted good but we like lots of flavor and this was a little on the bland side for our taste. I cooked the Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken Recipe (from this site) in a skillet and then sautéed the vegetables and quinoa in the same skillet to add some flavor. When I make it again (and I will make it again) I will probably use blackened chicken to add more flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/27/2013
This recipe is bland and quite frankly inedible. No one in my family could eat it. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2013
I found this recipe because 1) I had all the ingredients on hand; and 2) it appeared to be pretty healthy and 3) quick and easy to make and 4) it was a one dish meal. So this recipe has a lot going for it. It tasted good but we like lots of flavor and this was a little on the bland side for our taste. I cooked the Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken Recipe (from this site) in a skillet and then sautéed the vegetables and quinoa in the same skillet to add some flavor. When I make it again (and I will make it again) I will probably use blackened chicken to add more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2013
I found this recipe because 1) I had all the ingredients on hand; and 2) it appeared to be pretty healthy and 3) quick and easy to make and 4) it was a one dish meal. So this recipe has a lot going for it. It tasted good but we like lots of flavor and this was a little on the bland side for our taste. I cooked the Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken Recipe (from this site) in a skillet and then sautéed the vegetables and quinoa in the same skillet to add some flavor. When I make it again (and I will make it again) I will probably use blackened chicken to add more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2013
Perfect with a salad. I used frozen vegetables and leftover rotisserie chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2013
I added more than double the chicken broth on accident and was worried. It turned out great and I will make it like that again. My entire family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/26/2013
This recipe is bland and quite frankly inedible. No one in my family could eat it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2017
Made the recipe as-written with one small alteration. I had some bacon that I needed to cook or toss so I diced and fried up a few slices and cooked the veggies with a smidge of leftover bacon grease rather than olive oil. I added the bacon at the same time as the cooked chicken. Healthy? Absolutely not but the flavor was great. I think it would have been pretty bland otherwise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2015
Delicious healthy recipe! Changed the green pepper to a mix of red and yellow because I hate green pepper and drizzled lemon juice on it at time of serving. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2018
Add some red pepper flakes great recipe Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/02/2014
Bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2014
This was quite good. I increased the amount of quinoa and added leeks to the veggies. Will definitely make again! Read More