Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

After that delicious, yet sinful Monster Cookie Dough Dip earlier this week, I figured I’d make an attempt at giving you a healthy recipe today.

Thai flavors are my absolute favorite flavors to cook meals with because every dish is a huge flavor EXPLOSION.  I make Thai dishes any chance I get and my Thai Chicken Quesadillas are my favorite to date.

The colors in this dish are gorgeous and it is healthy, delicious and packed with amazing flavor.  My hubby and I both devoured it in no time.  The sauce is so good that I was eating it with a spoon before even adding it to the quinoa!

I used my food processor to chop the carrots, edamame, green onion, and cashews into small pieces so that they mixed easily with the quinoa and saved me a lot of time.  I served it with these Crispy Baked Pork Spring Rolls.  Enjoy!

Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/3 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup shelled edamame, optional
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Sauce:

2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon canned coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter, melted
1 garlic clove
1/2 lime, juice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare quinoa according to directions, which will most likely call for 1 cup of liquid.  I used low-sodium chicken stock.  Use whatever you have!

While quinoa is cooking, combine all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and whisk well to combine.  Once quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid, stir in the sauce and toss well to coat.  Add in chicken, carrots, edamame and green onions; stir to combine.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Toss in half of the peanuts and cilantro, then serve in a large bowl.  Top with remaining peanuts and cilantro.  Serve with soup, salad, sandwich or any other side dish!

Recipe source: adapted from howsweeteats.com

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Author:Ashley

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26 Responses to “Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl”

  1. June 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM #

    YUM! I’m always looking for new ways to cook quinoa, and since I love Thai flavors this sounds absolutely delicious! Will definitely be trying this!

    • June 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      Thank you, Marie! It’s so good!

  2. June 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM #

    I love the sound of this, would make a great lunch to take to work.

    • June 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      Thanks, Caroline! You’re right – would make a fantastic lunch!

  3. June 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    Quinoa is one of my favorite things. This is such a great spin on it that really livens the flavors!

    • June 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

      I’m new to Quinoa and I love it!

  4. June 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Yes! I love Thai flavors but I never thought of pairing it with Quinoa. Excellent recipe.

    • June 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

      It’s a great combo! Thanks, Nicole!

  5. June 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    I love combining Thai flavors with chicken and quinoa! You just made one of my most favorite dishes!

    • June 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM #

      It all tasted so good together!

  6. June 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    I absolutely love thai food and this is perfect to make at home — with a side of the monster cookie dough of course :)

    • June 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

      Of course you gotta have the cookie dough dip on the side!

  7. June 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

    I love the flavor combination and the texture of this dish Ashley. And the colors here are just beautiful! :) YUM!

  8. June 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM #

    Yum! Quinoa is so versatile- I love it!

    • June 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

      It sure is! Thanks for stopping by, Sunnie :)

  9. June 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM #

    Great alternative to a full bowl of noodles!

  10. June 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM #

    This sounds and looks amazing! Quinoa and Thai? Love it :)

    • June 7, 2013 at 12:52 AM #

      Aww thanks Vicki!! I’m still not able to leave comments on your blog :( It says I need a disquis account…

  11. June 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM #

    I really love seeing edamame added to this recipe, makes me very happy! :)

    • June 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM #

      Haha I’m glad you like it!

  12. June 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM #

    this sounds sooooo delicious!!

    • June 7, 2013 at 12:52 AM #

      Thank you Jenn! I appreciate your nice comment, as always :)

  13. June 7, 2013 at 1:03 AM #

    Oh wow, now I am officially in love with you. I have a huge bag of quinoa I wasn’t sure what to do with…until now. Holy yum!

    • June 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

      I hope you like it, Ashley!!

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