Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chicken Parmesan with Quinoa

Yum... Chicken Parm.  Chicken Parm & Quinoa? SCORE.  Being gluten-free, I took the standard Chicken Parm, found a recipe, made some changes, and made a new, lighter, way to eat an old time favorite.  

PS - Lots of multi-tasking in the beginning of the recipe, but I trust you can do it!!


What to Gather:
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 3-4 Cloves Minced Garlic (I use Organic Garlic)
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ~16 oz Tomato Pure 
  • 3 Cups Diced Tomatoes (the medium, "chunky" kind, not "salsa" kind)
  • Italian Blend Seasoning (Basil & Oregano) 
  • Salt & Pepper (optional)
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Organic Chicken Breasts 
  • 1 Cup Romano Cheese 
  • 2-4 TBSP Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs (optional)

What to Do:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375*
  • In a medium pot, add the 3 chicken breasts, bring the pot to a constant boil
  • In a small pot, place the cleaned quinoa and water into the pot, bring to a boil then place on low heat for 15 minutes
  • While the chicken and quinoa are cooking, saute the onion in a medium sauce pan with olive oil until translucent.  
  • Once the onion is done cooking, add in the garlic, stir for a minute
  • Add in the apple cider vinegar, mix all together
  • Add the tomato pure, diced tomatoes, Italian blend seasonings, and salt & pepper to taste
  • Bring all to a boil, then simmer  
  • Add in the quinoa once cooked, stir
  • By now your chicken breasts should be fully cooked.  Place on a plate or cutting board and shred
  • Add chicken to mixture
  • Add in the gluten-free bread crumbs as well
  • Get out a 9x13 pan and use olive oil to coat all sides (the best way to do this is to pour a little olive oil in the center of the pan and use a paper towel to evenly distribute to all sides)
  • Transfer half of the mixture into the pan, top with 1/2 cup of Romano cheese, add the rest of the mixture and top with Romano cheese
  • Place in oven for 15 minutes, covering the pan with foil

Remove, Add any Extras, & Enjoy!

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