Anyways, Chicken Fried Quinoa, as described on page 89 of my fave cookbook, is actually a variation of Chicken Fried RICE - duh, why didn't I clue in earlier??? Anyways, there is a lot of prep-work and chopping with this one, but totally worth it!! So great, and Todd said "I would definitely want to eat this again. You should cook this again" so I guess that means it was a hit. The texture is a bit different from the originial (more moist) but the flavours are great. You could totally play around with the vegetables, add more, add less, some little shrimps, some tofu, maybe some cashews? Bust it out b/c this is a gooder. Here's my take (here's a first btw, I only changed ONE ingredient!!)
Chicken Fried Quinoa (from the cookbook Quinoa 365)
1 1/3 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup quinoa
non-stick cooking spray
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into tiny cubes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 red pepper, diced
3/4 cup frozen peas
3 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
Get the quinoa going: combine chicken broth & quinoa, bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, but keep the pot on the burner for another 6 minutes. Remove from burner and fluff with a fork - set aside.
While all this quinoa action is going on, do all your chopping prep.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in the beaten eggs and swirl in the pan - cook like you're making a giant pancake. I didn't think this was going to work out because I am the worst at omelettes - but guess what? It totally worked! So once it's set, flip and cook for another minute and a half - remove to a plate or cutting board and cut into thin slices.
|I did it!!!!|
|I just rolled it up and sliced away|
Heat the last tbsp of sesame oil and saute celery for about 4 minutes. Add the red pepper and peas and cook through, for about another 3 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
Add the quinoa, green onions and soy sauce. Fold in the fried egg ribbons and chicken and cook just to heat through.
Finito! Serve right away!!!