Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mediterranean Chicken with Quinoa

 I saw this recipe on a show called My Family Recipe Rocks a while back. Lorraine Brown shared this Mediterranean Chicken with Quinoa dinner that her family loves. Now my family, besides Maddie and I, DOES NOT LIKE GREEN OLIVES, but don't let that deter you. If you chop them big enough, they are very easy to pick out, and they add to the flavor so you don't want to totally omit them.

Here is what you need.
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • Approx. 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • approx. 1 cup green olives (sliced into thirds)
  • approx. 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric (according to your taste preference)
  • dash black pepper
  • 2 cups Quinoa and 4 cups water 
Directions
Cook the quinoa according to the package. In large skillet with olive oil, saute garlic, onion and chicken until no pink remains and chicken begins to brown. Sprinkle with black pepper.
Add white wine while scraping browned bits from pan.
Stir in tomatoes, olives, oregano and turmeric. Cover and simmer on low heat (with the lid vented slightly) for approx. 15 minutes.
When quinoa is ready, spoon into serving bowls and top with chicken mixture and serve immediately.
If desired sprinkle a little asiago or parmesan cheese on top.
It's great accompanied with a green salad or a side of steamed broccoli (or both). It is also great for leftovers -- the flavors intensify!


-PHOTO HOW TO w/ DIRECTIONS-

Cook the quinoa according to the package. 
 
 In large skillet with olive oil, saute garlic, onion and chicken until no pink remains and chicken begins to brown. Sprinkle with black pepper.
   

 Add white wine while scraping browned bits from pan.

 Stir in tomatoes, olives, oregano and turmeric. Cover and simmer on low heat (with the lid vented slightly) for approx. 15 minutes.
 


 Oregano, Basil and Parsley from my garden :)

 
 I didn't have turmeric but after doing some searching online and found out ginger would be an ok substitute.


When quinoa is ready, spoon into serving bowls and top with chicken mixture and serve immediately.
If desired sprinkle a little asiago or parmesan cheese on top.
This was not my family's favorite. But I REALLY liked it. For something light and different it was very tasty. It has taken me some time to really get into the taste of Quinoa but I am so glad I stuck with it. 
enJOY!

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