Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa


I made this dish over the weekend as we had some friends coming to dinner. It was delicious, although I found the chicken on its own was too spicy for me.

It is pretty simple to make & really doesn’t take very long, so a perfect gourmet meal to make but with minimal work!

Quinoa is a great little grain, if you haven’t tried it, give it a go! I buy mine at Costco as I find that it is the best value for money, & it is prewashed! You can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker, that will be my next experiment – I will keep you posted!

This dish serves 2-3 (depending on the size of your chicken breasts)

  • 2 Chicken Breasts – boneless & skinless
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock (check gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 Limes – juice & zest
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro – chopped

Combine all the dry seasonings in a small bowl, mix them together & season both sides of the chicken

Either brush the chicken with olive oil & grill it, or, add the olive oil to a large pan or skillet. Heat for a minute over a medium-high heat, add the chicken & cook for 7 minutes each side with the lid on

Add chicken stock & quinoa to a medium saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, reduce the heat to low & simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid on, until all the liquid has been absorbed

Once the chicken is cooked, remove them from the pan & allow them to rest for 5 minutes before slicing

Add the warm quinoa to a bowl, & mix to combine with the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper & cilantro

Serve the sliced chicken on top of the quinoa with an avacado cream sauce on top.

To make the avacado sauce, place the flesh of 1 avacado along with 2 tbsp greek yoghurt in a food processor or blender & process until smooth

Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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About intheiversonkitchen

My husband, James & I have been married since 2007 & have 4 little ones, Rhys, Anwyn, Llewelyn & Aled. I love to cook & love to try new dishes, so decided to share with the world what happens in my kitchen & in other areas of my home. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to make comments or suggestions, I welcome them all!
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