Asian Quinoa Chicken Stir-Fry

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Since I'm usually in a hurry, I tend to stick with recipes that someone else has already figured out for me.  Lately, though,  I've been trying to be a little more creative in the kitchen by branching out and making recipes that are my own.  It's been a rather slow process for me and I don't think I'll be going on Chopped anytime soon, but I am excited to share one of my first original kitchen successes with you today!  

This recipe started off as an Asian inspired salad, but through  a couple of months of tweaking and lots of family critiquing (some nice and some not-so-nice),  it's become a tasty sweet-and-sour stir-fry that the whole family enjoys.   In addition to really liking the flavor,  I also enjoyed how it all came together with the tender chicken, crisp-tender veggies, and the quinoa!    

The actual cooking part of the recipe goes pretty quickly, so to save time at the dinner rush, I would recommend chopping all the chicken and veggies earlier in the day.    You could even mix the sauce together beforehand to make it really quick and easy.   Enjoy! 

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Asian Quinoa Chicken Stir-Fry
recipe by Lara

The ingredients:

3 cups water
1-1/2 cups quinoa
3 Tbs. rice vinegar
3 Tbs. soy sauce
1 Tbs. sesame oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup plum sauce (found in the Asian section of grocery store)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
2 bell peppers, chopped
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces.
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs. fresh ginger, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
honey roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions:  In a saucepan, combine water and quinoa and heat until boiling.  Turn heat to low, cover with a tight fitting lid, and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed and white filaments appear on the quinoa grain.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, plum sauce, and brown sugar.  Set aside. 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and saute cubed chicken breast until lightly browned--- about 5 minutes.  Add chopped peppers, green onions, and sugar snap peas and cook 1-2 minutes.  Add garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.  Pour  sauce over chicken mixture and cook until thickened slightly--about 2 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in cooked quinoa. 

Serve warm topped with  honey roasted peanuts if desired.  Makes 6-8 servings.   Enjoy!

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Kim June 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM  

As soon as I saw the title for this post I thought "wow, that is an original idea." Great job creating a healthy and gorgeous recipe!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM  

Hey, Laura,
I'm excited to try this too. I've wanted to try quinoa for a long time, and I've seen several salads with it, but if I am going to go to the work of dinner, I needed something heartier for Austin. Anyway, on the topic of made-up recipes, I just realized I forgot to tell you that I LOVED the strawberry/white chocolate cookies. I'm embarrassed to admit it (because I wanted to save them for our FHE treat), but I ate three in the car on the way home, and another three while making dinner. Then another couple after dinner. The whole plate in fact - by myself - in just a couple hours. The strawberry/white chocolate combination was so unusual. You should post that one!

purabi naha June 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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