Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Red Quinoa and Paprika Chicken

See the white rings around the seeds? That means it is cooked.

My wrist is injured. I believe the technical term is "Rollingouttoomanypiesisitus." So I am giving it a rest the next few weeks. This just in. I do actually make things without sugar. Shocker, I know. I find myself overwhelmed with sugar, cookies, and pies these last few months. Of course I am not eating them all, just selling them. Still, being surrounded by sugar all the time makes me want to eat meat and vegetables. Someone should invent a vegetable cereal...how awesome would that be? Just imagine..."Pea Puffs", "Leek Loops", "Carrot Jacks", "Honey bunches of spinach". Yum, and high in Omega-3's and antioxidants. Um yeah, about that.

On a more desirable note a recipe just in time for the 12 days of Christmas, Red food...yum! I saw red quinoa at the store and just had to buy it. I couldn't decide what to make with it, but then decided to go with the "Red" theme for my dinner. Whenever I make chicken to go on top of pizza I usually make it with paprika. Not sure why, but I like it, so I will keep making it that way. So I made my usual Paprika Chicken and tossed it with some veggies and quinoa, and voila...healthy satisfying dinner accomplished!

Red Quinoa and Paprika Chicken

2 cup red quinoa
4/12 cups water

Bring to a boil, cover, and cook until tender. You will know the quinoa is cooked when a ring appears around each seed. Set aside

Mix together the following and cook over medium high heat in oiled pan until chicken is cooked through.

2 chicken breasts diced
1 TBS Paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS lemon juice

Remove chicken from pan and saute the following in same pan over medium high heat until nice and caramelized 5-7 minutes:

1 large onion diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
2 yellow summer squash diced
4 cloves diced garlic diced

Toss the chicken, quinoa, and vegetables together garnish with fresh sliced green onions and serve.


  1. FINALLY!!!! Ps. LOVE the new "look" for your blog....Tres cute!

  2. Thanks! You should totally make this! It is healthy...and gluten free!

  3. Someone (me) just got a shiny new Cuisinart 3.5 quart saute pan and I'm going to try this recipe out IN IT! Thanks Dagny!

  4. Let me know if you like it Junie! Congrats on the sweet new pan!