Monday, April 16, 2012

Indian Style Chicken Quinoa Salad



You have probably caught on the news that quinoa is a wonder food. Well, all ingredients are pretty wonderful to me, but quinoa has a special quality to it. It is a high protein seed.

The nutritious factor of this ingredients make its very appealing. Not to mention the nutty taste to it as well. Tigerfish from Tecacape use it regularly and so does a few other bloggers.

Now that I have got used to having complex carbs around 3 days a week, hubby and I love how good it feels in our bodies. It's amazing how much our digestive system adapts and I feel likes bloated and sluggish. This doesn't mean we don't enjoy food- which is what some of our friends seem to have misunderstood. It means I have to be more creative than ever without sacrificing taste. We still love our food and sweets!

I paired our chicken salad up with some indian spiced quinoa- I love the aroma of mustard seeds popping in oil with some cumin and garam masala spice. With some grilled chicken and spinach, it means a very tasty and fulfilling meal.

Indian Style Chicken Quinoa Salad 
2 chicken breasts- quartered

1 tablespoon of oil
1 tablespoon of mustard seed
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp of garlic 
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of stock of water

4-5 cups of spinach or mixed salad leaves
chopped chili for garnish

Grilled chicken till done. Sliced
In a pot, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once it starts to brown, add all other spices and fry it for around 2 mins. Add garlic and quinoa. Add water or stock. Simmer for 5-10 mins till quinoa is done. Toss it with chicken and mixed salad leaves. Garnish with chili if desired.


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8 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

sound very healthy indeed!

noobcook said...

looks and sounds deliciously spicy. The quinoa makes the salad really cute looking.

Little Corner of Mine said...

The looks very flavorful and delicious to me!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

healthy and yet it looks sooooo delicious!

Little Inbox said...

This is a wonder dish with wonder food. :)

Joanne said...

The key to eating lower carb, yet satisfying meals is definitely to up the flavor and you've for sure done that here! Love these indian spices!

lena said...

you know, whenever i read quinoa, i think of tigerfish!!this sounds like a really good indian-flavoured salad!

tigerfish said...

The spices really made chicken breast + quinoa an exciting combination in this salad.

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