Southwestern Chicken and Quinoa
Filling and flavorful, Southwestern Chicken and Quinoa is a 30-minute meal that’s family-friendly. It’s perfect for busy weeknights as well as meal prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
Beans and Corn
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 red pepper * diced small
- 1 15oz can black beans * drained
- 1 15oz can corn * drained
- 1 avocado * diced
- 1/2 lime * cut into wedges
- 1/4 cup loosely pack cilantro leaves * chopped
Place the quinoa, water, and salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
Cover and lower the heat to simmer until the water has evaporated and the quinoa is tender with the germ visible, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a spoon or fork.
Combine the chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken and half of the spice mixture.
Cook until the chicken is done through and no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Beans and Corn
In the same skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and the red pepper.
Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender, then stir in the black beans, corn, and the remaining spice mixture.
Cook another 3-4 minutes until heated through, then add the chicken back in and heat for another minute or two.
To serve, divide the quinoa among 4 plates or bowls and top with the chicken mixture.
Garnish with diced avocado, lime wedges, and fresh cilantro.
Tips and Techniques
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.
- Wait until you are ready to serve before dicing the avocado, to help prevent browning.
- You can substitute frozen corn. You may need to cook it a minute or so longer.
- Store leftovers in air-tight containers in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 738kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1120mg | Potassium: 1872mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2858IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 7mg