Quinoa, widely called an “ancient grain,” is actually a seed, originally from South America. Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It is also a high-fiber food. Easy to cook, and very flexible, it fits nicely into many dishes. A few years ago it was hard to find, but now quinoa is commonly sold in grocery stores, usually in the rice aisles.
Any kind of bite-size chicken meat would fit in this recipe (even canned); or, any other kind of meat. Maybe even no meat.
Half-and-half, or cream, could be substituted for any of the milk.
This recipe reflects how I made this dish for a pot-luck. Really, make it any way you like. Certainly more veggies could be added, like chopped carrots or peas. Cheese might also be a tasty addition.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hr +
6 chicken thighs
1 cup quinoa
2 cups salted water
6 green onions
1 pound frozen broccoli florets
1 cup dairy or non-dairy milk
salt to taste
Place thighs in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 350° for one hour.
When chicken is almost done, put water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for about 15 minutes. You can stir it, if it needs it. Quinoa is done when you can see little circles.
Chop the green onions.
When thighs are done, remove from oven. Pour drippings into a large frypan or Dutch oven.
Sauté the onions in the drippings while you work with the chicken.
Remove skin from thighs; Remove meat from bone. Save skin and bones for stock or other use.
Slice the chicken meat into bite-size pieces. Add to the pan with the onions. Stir and brown a bit.
Add the broccoli to the pan. (If you prefer, you can thaw it in the microwave first; this will cut cooking time in the pan.) Cook and stir until broccoli is hot. (If you add it frozen, covering the pan helps to cook it faster. Be sure to stir once in a while.)
Add hot quinoa to the pan; stir to mix.
Add the milk and stir.
Salt to taste. Cook a minute or two more, until heated thoroughly.
Serve immediately, or put it all into a crock pot.