Quinoa is the perfect replacement for those gluten-free folks that miss eating cous cous. They both look very similar, can be found most likely sitting next to each other in the grocery store and are equally tasty.
I made this Chinese Chicken Quinoa Salad last week when I knew I had a busy week ahead and wanted to make something that I could eat over the course of 2 - 3 days. I brought a large Tupperware of it to work for my co-workers to try and they asked me to send them the recipe so here it is.
What you'll need:
- 2 lbs shredded or cubed chicken that
has been cooled down (I poached mine, but if you want the easy way just
buy pre-made rotisserie chicken and use 2 breasts)
- 2 cups dry (washed and cleaned) quinoa
- 4 cups of chicken stock (that's one whole box)
- Half thinly sliced red onion
- Rice wine vinegar
- Sesame oil (If you want it a little spicy get the chili sesame oil)
- 1 chopped red bell pepper
- 2 cups diced brocolli
- 2 cups chopped snow peas
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- Ginger spice
- Salt and pepper
quinoa and chicken stock in pot on med/high heat. Once it starts
boiling, cover, reduce heat and letting it cook for about 15 minutes
until all liquid is absorbed. If it is still liquidy cook for a few
more minutes. (You can cook this ahead of time if you want it to cool
down faster). You want it at least at room temperature when you fold
into the salad.
- In a large bowl add 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar and sliced onions. Let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes (this cuts out the bitterness of the onion)
- In a separate bowl toss 2 tbsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp of ginger spice, 1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar, 1/2 tbsp of salt and pepper to taste with chopped/shredded chicken.
- Once the onions are done, add all remaining vegetables into the bowl and coat evenly with the onions/vinegar mixture.
- Add chicken to the vegetables.
- When the quinoa is ready and cooled, add into chicken/vegetable mix and coat evenly. Taste it and if it needs a little bit of flavor add more rice wine vinegar a little at a time. You don't want to put too much vinegar because it might get too soupy.
- When you get it to taste the right way, fold peanuts in.