quinoacrustedchickenbreast1I have been seeing lots of people posting about and hearing lots of talk about quinoa. I hadn’t ventured out to try it yet, but with all the buzz, I figured Id give it a try! This recipe was my first take on quinoa. I decided to use it as a crust for my chicken. Knowing that quinoa is a seed, i was banking on it getting crispy and yummy. This is what I came up with. Quinoa Crusted Chicken Breast

  • 3 chicken breast (cut into strips)
  • 1cup quinoa (raw)
  • 1/2 package of Ranch dressing packet
  • 3Tbsp. Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 3Tbsp EVOO

quinoathis is the quinoa I used! I found it at my local Walmart in the gluten free aisle 🙂

Preheat oven to 375F Pour the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) into a large skillet and warm over medium high heat.

In a shallow bowl, combine the quinoa, ranch, and red pepper flakes.

Roll each chicken strip in the quinoa mixture, until well coated.

Once the pan is hot add each strip of chicken. You want to hear a good sizzle when you put the chicken in the pan.

Let cook on each side for about 5-6minutes or until it becomes golden brown.

Once the chicken has been on the second side for 5 minutes, add the Italian dressing and let simmer for 3minutes.

Transfer skillet to the stove and finish cooking for 5-10minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.

I served my chicken with some crispy edemame. 🙂

My kids loved this crispy twist on the coating for our chicken. It gave it amazing texture.

I hope you try this out and let me know what you think!

HAPPY COOKING 🙂 ~Beth <3

*What is Quinoa?? check this out! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

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