Monday, December 05, 2011

Coconut Quinoa Basil Chicken Salad

Quinoa must be the new wonder food. It's appearing world wide, in various restaurants and food blogs. I tasted it first at the Greenhouse in Perth City. It was sooo awesome. Seriously filling and I love its nutty taste. Packed fill with protein, I knew this would be fantastic to have in my meals.

Personally, I love the red quinoa better- it just seem to have more of a nutty flavour. I cooked it with some coconut milk and water. Tossed it with salad leaves, basil and mint. Topped with grilled chicken and tadah, a perfect spring salad for dinner.

I did toss some fish sauce through it, but really, with the coconut milk infused quinoa, there isn't a need. It taste even better the next day for lunch.

Coconut Quinoa Basil Chicken Salad
1 cup of red quinoa
1 cup of water
1 cup of coconut milk

2 chicken breast- cut in half, season with olive oil and salt.
3 cups of salad leaves
1 bunch of mint
1 bunch of basil
1 red capsicum diced

2 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1/2 tsp of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice
few red chilli chopped

Cook quinoa with water and coconut.

Grill chicken breast. Set aside. Toss everything with veges, chills and sauce. Serve!



Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

never cook with Quinoa before, yours dish sound good and healthy !

lena said...

i still havent cooked with quinoa yet but come to know about this grain alike from tigerfish's blog. Your dish looks great here and thanks for sharing another idea of eating quinoa!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Chicken salad with quinoa! OMG_ that just sounds amazing. I love the little extra texture it gives the salad and anything is great with basil and coconut! Love this recipe

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks wholesome! My next healthy to-try list is quinoa. I have been seeing this a lot at health magazine and articles too. :)

tigerfish said...

glad that you like quinoa :) ...and your rendition is great! Very creative.

noobcook said...

this looks like a balanced meal and I have to try quinoa one day.

Janine said...

this sounds like a superb idea - love the thai inspiration here! I recently got hooked onto the quinoa craze as well, and since I bought myself the tricolor mix, I've no idea how each color tastes like! Great to know that the red is the more with the nuttier flavor :)

daphne said...

Sonia- You got to give it a go!

Lena- it's very easy and delicious!

Jessica- thanks!

Ching- u got to share some ideas with me ;)

tigerfish- thank you! I learn from the best LOL

noobcook- I hope you do ;)

Janine- tricolour?? I got to look out for that one.

Joanne said...

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains! (Though I guess it's really a seed.) I love the coconut basil stir fry you made it with...such a perfect pairing!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Daphne, that is indeed a healthy salad. Got to each more of these.

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