Toasted Sesame Quinoa with Chicken

I have to admit something. I love quinoa. Granted, I’ve only had it in two dishes, Thai Chicken Quinoa and then in Toasted Sesame Quinoa with Chicken.  It is so good, and so filling.  I find it to be similar to rice or cous cous.  Anyway, after eating this meal, my husband confessed that he’s not the biggest quinoa fan.  He said that in the last meal I cooked it in, there was not as much quinoa, whereas this particular dish, quinoa is one of the main features (also because I use less chicken than the recipes call for).  Speaking of which, my husband is begging and pleading for LESS VEGGIES and MORE MEAT.  Technically, half of a chicken breast is more than enough for one person, but he wants more.  He wants an entire breast to himself (haha).  That’s something I certainly need to work on…including going back to some of my older, more “normal” dishes, since I think he wants good old fashioned American food every now and then.  Granted, there is nothing that defines normal or traditional – they are different for every culture and each culture’s cuisine is amazing, but for my 1/4 Puerto Rican, 1/4 Italian, and 1/2 American husband, he wants cheeseburgers, steaks, chicken, french fries, etc.  I’ll just have to fancy those up! 😉 😉

toasted chicken quinoa
The one on the right is mine, with a little sriracha sauce to spice it up!

Toasted Sesame Quinoa with Chicken

Ingredients:
-1cu uncooked quinoa, rinsed
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2tbsp toasted sesame oil
-1/2tbsp olive oil
-2cu low-sodium chicken stock
-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
-6 green onions, sliced
-2tbsp toasted sesame seeds
dressing
-3tbsp olive oil
-2tbsp toasted sesame oil
-2tsp low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:
-Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon of sesame and olive oil. Add in garlic and quinoa and stir to coat, then toast for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Add in chicken stock and increase heat to high, bringing the quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa can be fluffed with a fork.
-Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.
-Add in chicken, green onions and dressing, tossing well to coat. Add in sesame seeds and toss once more.

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