Blackened Chicken & Lime Quinoa


by: Rayna

This proves that healthy can be delicious!


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serves: 3

2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken breasts

1/2 tsp paprika {we only had sweet paprika, but smoked might be better}

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups low sodium chicken (or vegetable) stock

1 cup dry quinoa {when cooked this amount will feed about 4: I usually 1/2 it}

1 zest & juice of lime

salt and pepper

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Nutrition Facts
Blackened Chicken & Lime Quinoa

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount per Serving

Calories: 217

  • Total Fat: 6.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.3 mg
  • Sodium: 818.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.9 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  •     Sugars: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 22.8 g

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1.  Combine and mix all the dry seasonings in a small bowl. Coat the entire chicken breast with the spice mixture.{You can do this step ahead of time and let the chicken marinade in the spice mixture in the fridge.}

2.  Add the oil to a skillet and heat over medium/high heat for a few minutes . Add the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook for seven minutes on each side covered with a lid or foil. *If the heat is too high & you don't want the chicken to dry out, you can add a little water or extra stock into the pan when the chicken is cooking.*

3.  Add the chicken stock and quinoa to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium/low heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid on, until all of the liquid has absorbed.

4.  After the chicken breasts have cooked all the way through, remove them from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes.

5.  Add the warm quinoa to a medium bowl with the lime zest, lime juice, salt and pepper, and chopped cilantro. Mix to combine.

6.  If you made a pan sauce with water you can coat the chicken in it before serving it on top of the quinoa.

7.  Avocado Sauce: You can made an avocado sauce to serve on top by mixing an avocado with some (maybe 2 Tbsp) yogurt or sour cream, lime juice and pepper in a food processor.

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