I created this recipe when I was in the mood to eat healthy. You know a day after I felt like I ate too much and my pants were a little snug. Those happen every now and then. Hopefully it’s not just me. Please tell me that I’m not the only one!
Packed with protein, whole grains and good fats it totally fit the bill for a good healthy meal.
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 4 filets
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cumin
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup quinoa
juice of a lime
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 mango, diced
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 avocado, diced
Dice mango and avocado. Cut up pineapple. Try not to eat too much as I did because you will need some for your recipe.
Wait, why is there a lime in this photo? I was just trying to balance out the yellow with the green. Just ignore it. You’ll need that a little later.
Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil. Then turn down to a simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender but still chewy.
Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Lean more towards high. Mix together paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cumin in a small bowl. Pat chicken dry with paper towel. This helps the spice mixture to stick better. Dip chicken in spice mixture. Flip. Repeat. Place chicken in skillet.
*Note this will create a lot of smoke. Keep a towel nearby to fan the smoke detector. It loves to sing it’s praises in our house when I’m cooking something hot and delicious.
Let chicken cook for about 3 minutes (depends on thickness). Flip over and cook for additional 3 minutes. My best method for checking if it’s fully cooked is the good ole thermometer.
Mix together lime juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar. Take pictures and send it to your bff or spouse or grandmother. It looks like a far off galaxy or something. I don’t know. I thought it was cool anyway.
Serve quinoa with avocado, pineapple and mango on individual plates. Drizzle with dressing. Arrange blackened chicken on top. Eat and enjoy!
Blessings sent your way!
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