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Jeweled Quinoa and Chicken

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Jeweled Quinoa and Chicken
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Looking for a sweet and sour dinner using Progresso® chicken broth? Then try this baked dish that's made with chicken and quinoa.

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked quinoa
2
cups water
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
large shallots, sliced (about 1 cup)
1/2
cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
3/4
cup apricot preserves
1/3
cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3
cup golden raisins
4
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4
cup pine nuts

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart round casserole with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and water to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, salt and pepper in oil 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove with slotted spoon to bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Cook shallots in remaining 1 tablespoon oil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in broth and preserves. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Return chicken to skillet, discarding any juices in bowl.
  • 4 In casserole, mix cooked quinoa, chicken mixture, cranberries, raisins and 3 tablespoons of the parsley. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and the pine nuts.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated and nuts are toasted.
Tips  

You can change up this recipe by substituting other favorite grains, such as rice or couscous, for the quinoa.

Quinoa, a grain native to South American cuisine, is pronounced KEEN-wah. It contains more protein than any other grain and has a delicate, bland flavor that takes on the flavors of ingredients it’s paired with.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
780
(
Calories from Fat
170
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
29%
(
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
520mg
22%
Potassium
1190mg
34%
Total Carbohydrate
115g
38%
(
Dietary Fiber
8g
32%
,
Sugars
52g
)
Protein
37g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
7 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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