You may have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately. Between work and moving/packing, I’ve been craving baking, but I’m happy to report I’ve got a meaty recipe for you this week. So carnivores rejoice and check out this Spicy Quinoa Crusted Chicken.
Yes, I said quinoa crust. Truthfully, I was slightly apprehensive on this one. I thought for sure that this wouldn’t be good…that it would even border on weird and be one of those recipes I was at least glad I tried. But I was SO wrong. Not only did I get a crust on the chicken that was packed with amazing nutrients thanks to the quinoa, but it was crazy good.
I must admit that I underestimated the amount of time it would take to make this chicken, but it was well worth the wait. The first step is cooking the quinoa. Then when it’s done, add in a spice mixture that includes cayenne, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and chili powder. Mix it all together and then spread the quinoa in a thin layer on a lined sheet pan and bake it until it’s lightly toasted and has dried out a little. Then cool it in the fridge.
Once the quinoa is cool enough to handle, then it’s time to get the chicken ready. You’re going to dip it first in a mixture of egg whites and lime juice. And then it goes into the quinoa, which you’ll pat in with your hand or the back of a spoon. Then place it on a cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I topped the chicken with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and baked it up. It was fabulous.
I loved that the quinoa made a nice, crispy crust on the chicken that was completely unexpected. And the chicken was insanely juicy and packed with flavor from the spices. This was a total winner and I can’t wait to experiment some more with different flavors. And yay me for dealing with raw chicken with very little complaining. (It’s the little things, my friends.)
I can’t wait for you to try out this one for yourself! Click here for the recipe and step by step instructions.
A look back:
One year ago: Making Pizza Healthier with Eggplant Pizza
Two years ago: Low Cal Chocolate Muffins – Yes, You Read That Correctly!
Three years ago: Zucchini Makes Me Happy