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.
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is
- 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
For the 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.
- Meanwhile, 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.