Weekend Recipes: Quinoa & Chicken Special

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This incredibly tasty recipe is both healthy and delivers a mouthful of muscle building protein as well. Definitely one of my favs!

What You Need

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green peppers

How To Make It

Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, this should take 15 to 20 minutes. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Saute onion, green peppers, cilantro, and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ground chicken and break into small pieces while cooking until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir cooked quinoa and diced tomatoes into the chicken mixture; bring to a simmer and cook long enough for the flavors to blend together, this should take another 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutritional Value

This recipe yields 6 servings, has approximately 285 calories, 7 grams of fat, 23 carbohydrates, and  31 grams of protein. It’s definitely a dish that can be used to help you build or retain muscle mass.