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Chicken quinoa salad

Published: August 6, 2020 at 12:20 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

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

  • Gluten free
Nutrition:
HighlightNutrientUnit
low inkcal431
fat14.2g
saturates1.9g
carbs32g
sugars9.7g
fibre7g
high inprotein40.1g
low insalt0.2g
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Try our quinoa salad then check out our vegan quinoa chilli and more quinoa recipes.

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Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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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