Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Dinner That Makes Itself...

Imagine this: You pour yourself a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back and kick your feet up, and watch as the chicken marches itself over to the pan and jumps right in. The can opener opens up the can of tomatoes and black beans and escorts them to their final destination before waving goodbye and retiring itself back into the drawer. The quinoa giggles as it measures itself out and joins the pan party... That would sure be amazing. But it's just not gonna happen. Close enough tho! Minimal ingredients that all come together beautifully, everything cooks up in one pan, which means less dishes for you to wash. Even better, right?

This dinner turned out so damn delicious that everyone went back for seconds. Everyone except for me. Because when I went back for seconds, it was all gone. Sheesh!! Do I need to start cooking less delicious meals so that I can walk away with a nice full belly? LOL

Chicken and Quinoa Skillet

You will need:
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1) 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (NOT drained)
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed well
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup of dry quinoa (pre rinsed)
  1. In a large pan, heat up your olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes on both sides. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.
  2.  Add onion to skillet and cook for a couple minutes, until they start to soften up. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan and add all of the remaining ingredients, making sure to kinda smoosh the quinoa down around the chicken so it has more access to the liquids.
  4. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and serve it up! :)
Dinner is served

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