The other week I talked about cooking with new ingredients. To keep things light during this warm summertime weather I opted to try cooking with daikon for a new dish that adds some veggies to my dinner. If you missed Daikon & Peas, go check it out because today I am adding that dish to some ancient grains & chicken to pump up the dish. Daikon & Peas is a great dish because its so light, but sometimes you need to add a little something. If your summer days are filled with high octane activities on the water, you need some protein & carbs in your dinner for a high energy dish! Enter Quinoa and Chicken with Daikon & Peas!

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To start, preheat your oven to 450. Place chicken in an oven safe pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Then cook for 20 minutes. I’ve mentioned this in posts before, but I used to cook chicken at 350 until I read an article that said that baking at a lower temperature for a longer time would result in dry meat. I tested out cooking chicken at a higher temperature & I was immediately won over. Not only is your chicken more juicy every time, but dinner can be on the table 10 minutes faster!

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The next step is to make quinoa. The rule with quinoa, just like with rice, is 1 cup of grains to 2 cups of liquid. That liquid can be water, but I have opted for a nice chicken broth. Its an easy way to add in a punch of flavor. Bring the quinoa to a boil then lower the heat & let it simmer until the grains absorb the liquid, then fluff with a fork!

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The final step is to combine all of the ingredients on the stovetop, saute together, & serve warm! Tip: Pack the leftovers for lunch the next day. Its not bad cold either!

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Quinoa and Chicken with Daikon and Peas

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Daikon & Peas (1 daikon spiralized & sauted with peas and pepper flakes)
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place chicken in an oven safe pan with a drizzle of oil.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is golden & cooked throughout.
  4. Chop into large pieces.
  5. Bring chicken broth & quinoa to a boil on the stovetop.
  6. Reduce heat & simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  7. In a large pan on the stovetop over medium heat, combine chicken, quinoa, and Daikon & Peas.
  8. Toss together until warm & serve!
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What dishes are you whipping up to keep your energy high this summer?

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