Sweet and Smoky Chicken Over Quinoa

Sweet and Smoky Chicken Over Quinoa
Contributor
Whole Foods Market

This delicious and nutritious meal is full of flavor.

“It has smoky, spicy chipotle, which balances with the creamy, cooling avocado as well as the sweet citrusy orange and nutty almond in the background,” says Abigail Nagorski, Lifestyle Center Culinary Instructor at Whole Foods Market, Boca Raton. “The fire-roasted corn gives it a nice crunch as well.”

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4
Servings
507
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound boneless, skinless chicken breast and 2 medium-sized pieces
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon orange zest
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 2 Teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons low-sodium tamari
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup chopped cilantro, save a few whole leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 Cup roasted almonds
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 whole roasted red bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 4 Cups organic cooked quinoa
  • 2 Cups cooked black beans, if using canned, rinse and drain well

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the chipotle powder, orange zest and juice, vinegar, tamari, garlic, cilantro, and almonds into a blender and puree until smooth.

Pour ¼ cup of this mixture onto the chicken and coat both sides.  Place in a baking dish and sprinkle the smoked paprika right over the top.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until just cooked through.  Set aside and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

In the meantime combine the quinoa, corn and black beans in a medium sauce pan and add a splash of water.  Heat through on medium heat until fully hot.

Stir in the red bell pepper and the rest of the sauce and divide onto 4 plates.

Slice chicken on an angle and divide onto the 4 portions of quinoa.

Top with a side of avocado and some whole leaves of cilantro.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
93g
72%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
98µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
42µg
47%
Calcium, Ca
98mg
10%
Choline, total
18mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
138mg
43%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
233mg
33%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
118mg
8%
Water
328g
12%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.