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Southwest Quinoa with Cumin Chicken

Difficulty: Intermediate Preparation Time: 20min

Yields: 4 Servings Total Time: 1hr


  • 4 medium Chicken Thighs, boneless and skinless

  • 1 cup Quinoa

  • 1 14oz can Diced Tomatoes (preferably fire roasted)

  • 2 cups Chicken Stock, low sodium

  • 1/2 large Vidalia Onion, 1/2 inch dice

  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro, chopped

  • 1 1/2 Limes, squeezed

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Ancho Chile Powder, divided

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Cumin, divided

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Kosher Salt, divided

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

  • 1 tbsp. pureed Canned Chipotle

  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil, divided


Preheat oven to 425F.

Place chicken thighs in a bowl and coat with 1 tbsp. olive oil, then place on foil-lined sheet pan and apply 1/2 tbsp of all of the spices. Place chicken in top 1/3 of oven, cook until juices run clear (about 20min); once cool, cut into 3/4“ dice.

While the chicken cooks, put 2 cups of chicken stock in a small saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cover. Put remaining oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add onion and salt, and sweat the mixture for 10 minutes. Add quinoa and increase heat to medium-high, stirring often. Toast the quinoa until it’s brown and fragrant, then add stock and stir. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook quinoa until tender and all of the liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Add chicken, a lime, and cilantro. Season to taste with additional lime or salt. Chefs Tip: If you plan on eating this as a cold preparation you will need to be a little more aggressive with your salt and lime when seasoning!

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