Balsamic Chicken Salad with Lemon Quinoa - Cooking With Nadine

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Balsamic Chicken Salad with Lemon Quinoa


Balsamic Chicken Salad with Lemon Quinoa

Ingredients
Lemon Quinoa:

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock (or water mixed with 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder)
  • Pinch of salt to season
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Chicken:

  • 6 boneless chicken thigh or breast fillets , trimmed of fat
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (or plain) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder/granules or 1 clove garlic , crushed

Salad:

  • 6 cups (200g | 7oz) cos lettuce, washed and shredded
  • 200 g | 7oz grape tomatoes , halved
  • 1/2 medium red onion , thinly sliced
  • 100 g | 3.5oz pitted kalamata olives
  • 50 g | 1.7oz reduced fat Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup continental parsley

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons garlic olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions
For Lemon Quinoa:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine quinoa, stock and salt together. Bring to the boil; reduce heat to gentle simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until broth has absorbed and quinoa is soft. Remove from heat and set aside while still covered and allow to steam. After about 2 minutes, fluff with a fork. Allow to cool slightly and add the lemon juice.

For Chicken:

  1. Add the chicken fillets in a large skillet or nonstick pan with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, stock powder and garlic powder/granules. Saute the chicken until nice, crispy and golden on both sides, and cooked through. Remove from heat; allow to cool slightly, and slice into 1-inch strips.

For Dressing:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl/jug, and whisk until mixed through.

For Salad:

  1. Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, olives, Feta and parsley together in a large salad bowl. Top with chicken slices and quinoa, and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to combine. Serve with lemon wedges.

Detailed recipe and credit: https://cafedelites.com/balsamic-chicken-salad-lemon-quinoa/

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