bbq chicken quinoa salad
I decided to take a little nap this yesterday afternoon, which in turn meant I woke up about 30 minutes before we usually eat dinner. So I needed something quick. I had some chicken that I needed to use up and an avocado. So naturally my story ends here: bbq chicken quinoa salad. I had made a take on this dish before and I remembered it being very yummy so I set out to recreate something similar. This time I added lettuce to make it a salad and added some grilled onions and mashed avocado with lime juice. Oh, and I haven’t done any bragging about quinoa yet. Let me spend just a moment here. I love quinoa. It cooks up quicker than rice and can be substituted for rice in most recipes. Because it has lots of protein and is a super versatile ingredient, it has quickly become a staple in our house. The only downside to quinoa – its very hard to clean up off the floor because of how moist and soft it is (much like cooked rice is). However, this is a side-effect I am willing to deal with. With this dinner coming together in about 30 minutes, it was a great solution to my problem. So if you are in need of another flavorful, easy dinner to add to your list of quick-fixes – here you go. Enjoy.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced
- 3/4 cup corn
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 chicken breasts, cubed
- shredded cheese (I like mexican blend)
- your favorite bbq sauce
- plain yogurt (regular or greek)
In a medium sauce pan bring 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add your quinoa, stir, and cover. Let your quinoa cook for 15 minutes or until all your water is absorbed. Once it's done cooking, you can add in a little lime juice and cilantro.
Over medium-high heat grill your corn in a small non-stick pan. Set the corn aside on a plate.
Grill your onions up in a little butter in the same pan. Once they start to turn brown and get soft, set them aside as well.
In that same pan cook up your chicken. Right before it's done cooking add in a little BBQ sauce. Finish it off and set aside.
In a small bowl mash up your avocado and add in a little lime juice, salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro.
In another small bowl mix 1/2 BBQ sauce and 1/2 plain yogurt to make a sauce. I usually do about 2 tablespoons of each.
Over your bed of lettuce add your add your cooked quinoa, corn, onions, chicken, cheese, avocado, BBQ mixture, and a little extra cilantro for good measure.
This may seem like lots of steps, but it really does come together quickly. It is well worth all the steps. ENJOY!
**Also, if you need this recipe to be gluten free, please make sure your individual ingredients are indeed gluten free.