Griddled chicken with quinoa Greek salad

Griddled chicken with quinoa Greek salad

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Ready in 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A light dish of grilled chicken fillets and authentic salad with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomato and mint

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal473
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 225g quinoa

    Quinoa

    keen-wah

    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 25g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g chicken mini fillets

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 300g vine tomato, roughly chopped
  • handful pitted black kalamata olives
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • small bunch mint leaves, chopped

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • juice and zest ½ lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa following the pack instructions, then rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the butter, chilli and garlic into a paste. Toss the chicken fillets in 2 tsp of the olive oil with some seasoning. Lay in a hot griddle pan and cook for 3-4 mins each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate, dot with the spicy butter and set aside to melt.

  3. Next, tip the tomatoes, olives, onion, feta and mint into a bowl. Toss in the cooked quinoa. Stir through the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and season well. Serve with the chicken fillets on top, drizzled with any buttery chicken juices.

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Comments (18)

pocketlucy's picture
5

So tasty! I used chilli flakes instead of chilli, and added pomegranate seeds instead of black olives (as not a huge fan)

poletta's picture
5

Easy and tasty!

charlieemma's picture
5

I made this on a whim as I had both quinoa and feta to use up... I'm so glad I did! I replaced the chilli with chilli flakes (as I didn't have any fresh in the house), completely omitted the oil as I used the George Foreman for the chicken, and also stirred the chicken and melted butter into the rest of the dish so I could segregate it into tubs for my lunches at work. Will definitely be making again!

emmie27's picture
5

This worked a treat. Cooked the quinoa for 18 mins then put lid on and stood whilst griddling turkey breast strips instead of chicken. Really tasty and filling and very easy so have saved to make again often!

SallyLukemire's picture

Really delicious, and also added a little cumin which was delicious too (I love cumin with feta). For best results for cooking quinoa, simmer for 10 mins then leave to stand so don't over cook and get mushy quinoa. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com. Will definitely make again.

tinkadall's picture
5

What an easy, tasty and healthy dish! The chicken is absolutely amazing so juicy and tender! I added some yellow and red peppers to the quinoa and substituted the feta with goats cheese - served with a baked sweet potato! Scrumptious!!!

mchellek47's picture

Just tried quinoa for the first time in our house so was a little worried the traditional meat and 2 veg lovers would turn their noses up...it went down a treat!!!! Really tasty and so easy. Can't wait to try some more of the recipes soon!!

frederico11's picture
5

I've made this a few times now and it's becoming a summer favourite. The combination of flavours is fantastic, and the meal really filling. I used the quinoa pouches which reduce the cooking time.

faulknerrl's picture

I swapped the mint and olives for basil avocado, because the former I hate, and the latter I love. I also don't eat chicken, so only had the salad, but cooked the full dish with chicken for my boyfriend. I found it fresh and delicious in the end, but initially a little bland. Had to go heavy on the lemon and chilli. Next time, I will probably add pine nuts for a bit of extra depth as, whilst the quinoa is nice, it loses it's not as nutty as, say, barley.

faulknerrl's picture

I swapped the mint and olives for basil avocado, because the former I hate, and the latter I love. I also don't eat chicken, so only had the salad, but cooked the full dish with chicken for my boyfriend. I found it fresh and delicious in the end, but initially a little bland. Had to go heavy on the lemon and chilli. Next time, I will probably add pine nuts for a bit of extra depth as, whilst the quinoa is nice, it loses it's not as nutty as, say, barley.

stingray11's picture
5

This tasted lovely, very flavoursome. I didn't make the spicy butter but added the garlic and chilli to the chicken while I was frying it for a less pungent flavour. It was really nice this way. Will definitely make this again.

carrow's picture
4

I thougt this was a nice and light dinner really easy to make, i used turkey breast as it was on offer perfect for summer meal

cscollins's picture
5

Ooh - forgot to say, left out the olives as we're not keen.

cscollins's picture
5

Have only recently discovered quinoa and this was my 2nd attempt at using it. This recipe turned out to be a real gem. The flavours were fresh and the chicken beautifully tender. So easy too! I used 3 large breasts and cut them into smaller "fillets". I added extra fresh basil and parsley to the mint leaves in the quinoa and when served I sprinkled with a small handful of mixed seeds. Also served with rocket for a bit more "greenery" on the plate. Only negative comment was that it tasted much better than it looked (the quinoa I think) and if you wore a blindfold while eating it would be perfect. Not sure if this is a teenage reflection on my presentation skills though?!!?

lisacollins220's picture

Just made this for lunch....it was delicious, quick easy and full of flavour...

endhouseblade17's picture

this was a MASSIVE HIT in our house.

dementeddragonfly's picture
5

This outstandingly tasty dish is very easy to make and the kids loved it.We'd never cooked with quinoa before but this is a firm favourite in our house.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
4

The chicken was lovely with the spicy butter. I used couscous instead of quinoa and put in chopped coriander and mint, halved cherry tomatoes, a few chopped sundried tomatoes, spring onions and feta cheese.

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