Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quinoa Chicken Stew

Found this here and made it tonight for dinner. So good! I didn't have any peppers so I omitted those, but everything else was in there. However, if you don't love it all, you could just use the veggies you like. I think next time I would cut out the zucchini because no one (but me) in my family likes it. You could really vary this however you want. Definitely worth a try.

Oh and it makes a TON! It fed my little family, plus my friend's family (4 people) and I still have at least two servings leftover. Not sure how well it freezes, so you might want to half the recipe.

Also, Alicia, would you post some of your other Quinoa recipes on here? Jacque made a request for Quinoa yummies. Thanks!

2 T extra virgin olive oil (I always skimp on this just a little)
1 large onion, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 Cups sweet pepper, chopped
1 large zucchini, quartered and sliced
64 oz chicken broth
15 oz can diced tomatoes
5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cubed into 1" pieces (get the Yukon potatoes, it's worth the extra few dollars)
3 cups cooked quinoa
4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, shredded and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
2 T Dijon Mustard
1 T Hot Sauce (Cholula brand is good)
Kosher Salt, fresh cracked black pepper, Garlic Salt (Lawry's is good), and Parsley to taste
1 1/2 cups fresh parsley chopped

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots, peppers, and zucchini until softened. This takes about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, and potatoes. Increase heat to high just until broth starts to boil Reduce to medium high and cook potatoes for 10 minutes or until fork tender. Reduce heat to low and stir in quinoa, chicken, dijon mustard, hot sauce. Season to taste with kosher salt, pepper, garlic salt. Stir in fresh parsley and simmer until ready to serve.

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