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Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

Yield Serves 4
We love the flavor combination of Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa. The almonds give the quinoa a nice crunch, and the glaze on the chicken is slightly sweet with a punch.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/3 cup red pepper jelly

Nutrition Information

  • calories 472
  • fat 15.2 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 7.8 g
  • polyfat 3.1 g
  • protein 43.3 g
  • carbohydrate 39.6 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • cholesterol 109 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 527 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups water, quinoa, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Stir in green onions, 1 tablespoon vinegar, almonds, 1 tablespoon oil, and juice.

  2. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done; remove from pan. Add stock to pan, and cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and jelly to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Top each chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce. Serve with about 1/2 cup quinoa mixture.

Cook's Notes

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