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Maple-cider chicken and nutty quinoa recipe

Chatelaine | posted Friday, Mar 11th, 2016

maple chicken

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley

DRESSING

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. COOK quinoa according to package directions, about 12 min.
  2. TOAST walnuts in a large frying pan over medium-high. Stir often, until walnuts are golden, about 2 min. Set aside in a medium bowl. Season both sides of chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp oil to pan, then chicken. Cook until bottom of chicken is golden-brown, about 3 min. Reduce heat to mediumlow. Flip chicken. Cook, covered, until golden and cooked through, about 7 min.
  3. STIR walnuts and parsley into quinoa. In a bowl, whisk 3 tbsp oil with vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon and 1/2 tsp salt. Reserve 2 tbsp dressing, then stir remainder into quinoa, until coated.
  4. SCOOP quinoa onto 4 plates. Thinly slice chicken breasts and lay on quinoa. Drizzle with reserved dressing.

 

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