Gluten Free Quinoa Stir Fry


Where did quinoa come from? I mean, seriously, all of a sudden it’s everywhere. Well, I’m not complaining because it’s packed with protein AND it’s gluten free.  I kept hearing and seeing the word everywhere, and it eventually started driving me nuts because every person pronounced it differently.  So, I finally just had to look up this quinoa business.  By the way, it’s pronounced “Keen-wah”. I found an article on line from that explains it’s history, health benefits, etc, etc.  Check out the link.  Quinoa – The World’s Healthiest Food.

Quinoa is like the new rice in my household, and the new salad topper, and the new salad base. OK, I eat it a lot of different ways with a lot of different things.

I wonder if Asian restaurants will start carrying quinoa as an option instead of rice.  OOHH!…Quinoa sushi!!

Here’s an easy peasy chicken stir-fry recipe…made with, of course, quinoa instead of rice!

recipe serves 2, ready in 20 minutes!

What you need:

Prep work:

In the AM…place 2 chicken breasts in a sealed large ziplock bag with Stubb’s chicken marinade (about 2 cups).  Place in fridge.  (I used 2 frozen chicken breasts).

What you do:

  1. -Cut 2 broccoli crowns into florets.  Put broccoli crowns in a large ziplock bag.  Add 1/2 cup worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Seal bag, mush around to stir all together, and place in fridge.
  2. Take chicken out of bag and cut into medium sized chunks.  (If you used frozen chicken breasts, chicken will still be a little bit frozen which helps with cutting)
  3. Spray a medium sized skillet with coconut spray and add chicken over medium heat.  Pour the chicken marinade sauce from the bag over the chicken.  Stir occasionally.
  4. While chicken is cooking in the skillet, prepare quinoa.  Rinse 1 cup of quinoa, and add to saucepan.  Add 2 cups of water, heat on high, bring to boil.
  5. Chicken should be almost brown after prepping the quinoa.  Once chicken is brown, drain some of the marinade juice just leaving a little bit in the pan.  Add the broccoli to the pan.  Cook covered and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until broccoli is soft and cooked down.
  6. While the quinoa is boiling, it will start to absorb the water in the pan.  Once the quinoa becomes translucent (about 10 – 15 min after it came to a boil) it is ready to eat!
  7. Add a scoop of quinoa and a scoop of the chicken and broccoli to your bowl, mix together, eat, and enjoy!





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