Spicy Chicken and Quinoa Stir-fry

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Happy Thursday! I am off to NYC tomorrow for a 4 day birthday celebration.  I figured turning 30 was a bit of a big deal and so why not do something epic! If anyone has recommendations on great restaurants please send them my way.

This past month has been so busy with work, school (started up Spanish lessons), the gym and spending time with friends that I have not had any time to make some good home cooked meals.  I've been spending a lot of money on eating out which never is a good thing. I finally had a chance to make this quinoa stir-fry which I've made once before and absolutely loved it.  It is a simple dish full of healthy ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make! Meals like this make life much easier especially when you have busy weeks ahead! Have a great weekend everyone.



Spicy Chicken and Quinoa Stir-fry
Ingredients:
to 2 skinless/boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika
Cooking spray
1 tsp olive or canola oil

½ cup Snow peas
1 cup broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli and carrots)
2 to 3 green onion’s, chopped finely
½ cup cooked edamame
1 to 1½ cup cooked quinoa
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sirachi sauce (more if you like the heat)
2 tbsp chopped peanuts (optional)

Directions
Cook quinoa according to package and set aside.
Cut chicken breast into small pieces and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and paprika.
Spray a non-stick wok with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot add the chicken pieces and brown. About 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate covered with tin foil.
In the same skillet you used for the chicken, add a small amount of olive oil about 1 tsp and heat.  Add the snow peas, broccoli/carrot slaw and edamame and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.
Add back in the chicken with the veggies and then add in the sesame oil, soy sauce and sirachi and stir to combine for about 30 seconds. 
Add in the cooked quinoa ½ a cup at the time until everything is coated nicely. You may have leftover quinoa at this point but you can always save the rest in the fridge for another recipe.
Garnish stir-fry with chopped peanuts and green onions!




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42 comments

  1. Happy Birthday and have a wonderful time in New York, Natalie!

    Great combination of textures, colours and flavours in this lovely salad.

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  2. Congratulations on turning 30! Sucha huge moment. Of course, NYC is the place to do it. THis looks amazing, I love substituting quinoa for rice.. so much healthier.

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  3. I have been on such a quinoa salad kick lately. Never tried it in a stir-fry. But will now, thanks to your idea. ;)

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  4. Happy Birthday in NYC! If you need any suggestions, let me know!

    Loving this stir fry - yum!

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  5. Awesome recipe! I would love to try to make something like this.

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  6. My kind of lunch..healthy, nutritious and moreish.
    Happy Birthday!

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  7. I like the idea of using quinoa in a stir fry to change up the usual rice. Looks really good! Happy birthday, too!!

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  8. I've never had quinoa in stir fry. What a great idea. Happy Birthday! Have fun in NY.

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  9. Happy Birthday and hope you have a great time in the big apple! I absolutely love stir fries and this one looks delish!

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  10. Happy Birthday Natalie! I love one dish suppers and this perfectly fits the bill! Enjoy your weekend. NYC is soo much fun!

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  11. Happy Birthday Natalie! It sounds like you have an awesome celebration planned :) I love the look and sound of this stir-fry. It totally looks like something we could have had at a Thai food market, except they don't serve quinoa (yet)

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  12. Hi Natalie! Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful time in NYC (I'm jealous!) This salad looks delicious. I love the thought of doing a stir fry with quinoa! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Your Spicy Chicken and Quinoa Stir-fry is such a healthy dish and so easy to put together. Can't wait to give this a try.

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  14. Love this quick and easy stir fry! Happy birthday chica!

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  15. I've been eating quinoa plain and now I'm wondering why, lol. Love the spicy fix here!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday! I hope NYC was a terrific time for you - such a great city. And this stir-fry is so great, too. Love the idea of the quinoa. Good stuff - thanks.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Natalie!
    Have a great celebration and an awesome time in NYC!
    The Quinoa stir fry looks tasty and fresh.

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  18. This has made me so hungry. Wish I was tucking in to some right now!

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  19. Happy 30th Birthday and I hope you and an awesome weekend in NYC. This stir-fry looks amazing, so spicy and pretty will all the veggies and edamame

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  20. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy (are enjoying!) New York :)

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  21. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a great time in NYC! Did you eat a lot of great food? :) This is a healthy and delicious stir fry dish!

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  22. A WARM AND VERY VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! This stir fry is our new favorite...love how easy it is to make for a quick and hearty dinner :-)

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  23. Thanks for the kind wishes everyone :)

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  24. Looks delicious Natalie, I like the idea of adding a touch of spice in this stir fry...
    Happy Belated Birthday...have fun in NY :D

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  25. Happy birthday my friend :D
    Thanks for sharing this delicious stir fry!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  26. Happy Birthday! This looks really delicious.

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  27. Happy birthday :)

    This looks yummy

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  28. I love a good stir-fry! This looks great and happy 30th birthday! That is huge. There are too many great spots in NYC to name. You'll have a blast!

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  29. Gotta love quinoa! Sounds like a great, fresh take on the standard stir-fry.

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  30. Happy belated Birthday, hope it was a great one! Enjoy NYC, maybe I will see you but we won't even know it! ;)

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  31. Happy Birthday! Have a great time in NY! Love quinoa and this seems like a great way to use it.

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  32. Using quinoa in a stir fry is such a good idea--this looks delicious! I hope you had a great birthday!

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  33. I've been in a quinoa rut - so I'm so happy to see this delicious recipe! Happy belated birthday!

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  34. Hope you had a wonderful trip and birthday celebration in NYC! How fun. And this Spicy chicken and Quinoa is definitely a fun and playful dish that's also healthy. Love it.

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  35. Wishing you all the best for your birthday. Hope you had a fabulous time:-)

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  36. How unusual using the quinoa. Such a great idea. Would be super filling.

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  38. Just having some quinoa tonight and I've got to try it in stir-fry. Yours looks great!

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  39. Happy Birthday! This meal looks SO good - exactly my type of dish

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  40. loved this nutritive,healthy and quick to make stir fry....delicious flavors :-)

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  41. Happy (belated) birthday !
    This dish looks incredible!

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