Toasted Sesame Quinoa with Chicken

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Quinoa has become an absolute favorite of mine. I am pretty sure that I would eat it daily if my husband would put up with it. Instead, we have compromised for about once a week. Not bad in my opinion!  It is soo good with everything. Mexican quinoa is one of my favorite ways to eat it, but it is excellent cooked up plain with a heavy sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

I mean so heavy that your husband asks you if you are going to have any quinoa with your parmesan cheese. I mean… what? (Hey, I can’t help it, I really like parmesan cheese.)

The best part of quinoa is the fact that is so good for you. It seems to be the most popular superfood these days. I hear it is full of fiber and protein and lots of other health benefits.

Moving on to this wonderful dish.

I love adding meat to a dish because, in my opinion, it makes a full meal. I don’t have to cook a separate dish to make it filling enough for my hardworking husband and growing kids. This particular dish is super tasty. Sesame oil always adds such a wonderful flavor to everything. This dish will surely make a happy family or loved one.

Toasted Sesame Quinoa with Chicken

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked in sesame oil and shredded
  • 6 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 2-4 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon of sesame and olive oil. Add in garlic and quinoa and stir to coat, then toast for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chicken stock and increase heat to high, bringing the quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for about 25 minutes, or until water is absorbed and the quinoa is no longer chewy. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.

Add in chicken, green onions and dressing to the cooked quinoa, tossing well to coat. Add in sesame seeds and toss once more. Serve.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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