Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicken with a Quinoa & Garbanzo Bean Salad


I made this dish the other night, it was inspired by a similar recipe by Melissa d'Arabian from The Food Network.  But I changed it a bit and I'm not quite sure what to call this chicken.  Maybe just "Very Yummy Marinated Chicken that my Kids Really Liked"  that may be too long I'll stick with  Chicken served with a Quinoa and Garbanzo Bean Salad.   I marinated my chicken for 15 minutes and while it was marinating I made the quinoa.  Then after I threw the chicken in the oven I went ahead and chopped and assembled the salad.  My "Sweet Girl" helped me make this salad and we had a lot of fun throwing it together.  A funny side note and how I know I'm successfully raising a little foodie, after I handed her a piece of mozzarella to taste, she stopped before eating it and went over to the salad bowl and said, "wait first I need to grab a piece of basil it tastes good with basil."  Enjoy!!



What you need:
For Chicken
1 pound of chicken (I used boneless and skinless thighs but you can use tenders or breast)
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
salt and pepper to taste

For Salad
1 cup of uncooked Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
1 cup drained and rinsed garbanzo beans
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley and basil
1 seeded and chopped tomato
2 chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped mozzarella
juice from 1/2 a lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste



What you do:
For Chicken
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, barbecue sauce, salt and pepper.  Add chicken and toss to coat.  Marinate for 15 minutes.  Bake chicken on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes, turn and cook for 15 minutes more.

For Salad
Add all ingredients to a large bowl.


Toss to combine.


How cute is my helper?


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17 comments:

  1. Mmmm! This looks sooo delicious! We love quinoa salad at my house.. but it's soo great to find another twist on our traditional! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink hIppo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  2. I love quinoa, it's so delicious! This salad looks awesome!

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  3. YUMMY....!!!!!
    Looks super delicious

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  4. What an absolutely yummy DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

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  5. I can see why your kids loved this - I would, too!!

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  6. As a vegetarian I am really admiring your salad right now… mmm

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  7. Great dish, Danielle. I love quinoa, and I'm always looking for new ways of using it - this salad is definitely on my list. Your sweet little foodie helper is adorable!
    Sue :-)

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  8. This sounds so yummy. I fix similar quinoa and garbanzo salad but with no mozzarella. Instead to olive oil I add vinegar, brown mustard and of course garlic ;)
    Also, when I get tired of garbanzo beans I substitute with black beans. Black beans also add good flavor to quinoa.
    Will have to try it your way sometime.

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  9. This is one of the best stand by recipes. I always have what I need to make it on hand and it whips up fast and it is always selection of my family.

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  10. Aww i just want to hug your little girl after that comment! You're raising her right.

    This sounds like one delicious and super nutritious dish!

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  11. Yummo! This sounds like a very easy way for me to start trying quinoa! Can't wait to make this!

    Check out my salad at http://westcoastleslie.blogspot.com/2011/07/pickled-beets-greens.html
    *Leslie

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  12. I love quinoa! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love! I'm featuring you today :) http://www.facebook.com/SewChatty

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  13. It looks delicious although I haven't tried Quinoa nd Garbanzo salad. thanks for sharing the recipe. i might try preparing the salad one day since the ingredients are familiar although I am not sure if we ever have Quinoa here

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  14. This looks delicious! I love that you've combined garbanzos in your quinoa salad. I can't wait to give that a try!

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  15. How funny about your daughter wanting the basil with her cheese. Most kids wouldn't think about that. Maybe you have another Food star in the making! I love quiona, so the chicken and the salad look good to me!

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  16. Hi Danielle,
    Your helper is adorable! I wish this awesome meal would be waiting for me at the end of the day. It looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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