Grilled chicken with quinoa and roasted vegetables

Grilled Chicken with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables

This recipe includes grilled chicken breast, quinoa, and roasted vegetables. It’s a well-balanced and nutritious option that will help you meet your protein needs. Here’s how to prepare it:

Ingredients (for ~2 persons)

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup quinoa (200 gram)
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth (500 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Assorted vegetables (such as broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes)
  • Fresh lemon wedges (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. Marinate the chicken:
    • In a bowl, mix olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
    • Add the chicken breasts to the marinade, coating them evenly. Let them marinate for at least 15 minutes (or longer if possible) to enhance the flavors.
  2. Prepare the quinoa:
    • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold water in a fine-mesh strainer to remove the bitter outer coating.
    • In a saucepan, combine the quinoa with water or chicken broth and bring it to a boil.
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let the quinoa simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Grill the chicken:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
    • Grill the marinated chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until they are fully cooked and have grill marks. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  4. Roast the vegetables:
    • Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F).
    • Chop the assorted vegetables into bite-sized pieces and place them on a baking sheet.
    • Drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly.
    • Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender and slightly browned.
  5. Assemble the meal:
    • Divide the cooked quinoa among serving plates.
    • Slice the grilled chicken breasts and place them on top of the quinoa.
    • Add a portion of the roasted vegetables to each plate.
    • Serve with fresh lemon wedges on the side for an extra burst of flavor if desired.

This high-protein meal is not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients to keep you feeling satisfied and energized. Enjoy!