Quinoa chicken salad

Chicken quinoa salad

  • serves 2
  • Easy

A healthy, low-calorie (and gluten-free) chicken salad recipe, made filling with quinoa and colourful with red onion, mint and lemon zest


Try our quinoa salad then check out our vegan quinoa chilli and more quinoa recipes.

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  • quinoa 75g
  • chicken breasts 2 small
  • vegetable oil 2 tsp
  • ground cumin 2 tsp
  • ground coriander 2 tsp
  • red onion 1, chopped
  • cucumber ½, chopped
  • plum tomatoes 2, finely chopped
  • mint a handful of leaves, shredded, plus a few leaves to serve
  • extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp
  • sumac 2 tsp
  • lemon 1, zested and juiced


  • Step 1

    Cook the quinoa in a pan of lightly salted boiling water following pack instructions, then drain really well.

  • Step 2

    Put the chicken breasts between two pieces of baking paper and use a rolling pin to gently tap out until less than 1cm thick. Drizzle over the oil, season well and dust with the cumin and coriander, turning to coat.

  • Step 3

    Heat a large non-stick frying pan until medium-hot then cook the chicken breasts for 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden, charred and cooked through. Move onto a plate to rest for 2-3 minutes, then slice.

  • Step 4

    Mix the onion, cucumber, tomatoes and mint with the olive oil, 1 tsp of sumac, the lemon juice and some seasoning, and mix really well, then fold in the sliced chicken, any juices and the cooked quinoa.

  • Step 5

    Pile onto plates and top with the remaining sumac and more mint leaves, if you like.

*This recipe is gluten free according to industry standards

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 431
  • Fat 14.2g
  • Saturates 1.9g
  • Carbs 32g
  • Sugars 9.7g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 40.1g
  • Salt 0.2g