Sesame-Honey Chicken & Quinoa Bowl

Dec 14 2011

New to quinoa? Give this quick cooking grain a try. Recipe adapted from EatingWell.

Serves 4

Dietitian's Tip: 

Toss chicken with a honey-sesame sauce and serve it over quinoa and shredded carrots for a satisfying meal. Serve with sesame breadsticks, green salad and a cold glass of milk.

Quinoa & Carrot Slaw
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups grated carrots (about 3 large)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Sesame-Honey Chicken
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 scallions, sliced

To prepare quinoa: Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, 10 to 14 minutes. Uncover and let stand.

To prepare carrot slaw: Meanwhile, combine carrots, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Combine sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sauce has thickened. Add chicken and stir until coated with sauce, about 1 minute.
Divide the quinoa among 4 bowls and top each with 1/2 cup carrot slaw and 3/4 cup chicken mixture. Sprinkle with scallions.
Nutrition Information: 

430 Calories; 17 g Fat; 2.5 g Sat; 41g Carbohydrates; 29 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 550 mg Sodium; 577 mg Potassium